I am delighted to say that, by and large with a few exceptions, this is not a gory and gross book. King has said that if he can't terrify, he'll horrify, and if not he'll go for the gross-out. It's wonderful to see a book where I wasn't personally grossed out too much by blood and guts, but terror and horror are everywhere. I don't know how much of this is due to his co-author Owen King, but I really had a great time with this one.
What if every woman of every age in the world, as soon as she fell asleep, was covered by a cocoon? And if you tried to get them out of it, Bad Things happened? A small town, site of a women's prison, is the focal point of King's and King's novel and that's exactly what's happening. To make matters more complicated, the local law enforcement is headed by a woman, but the local animal control gentleman is completely maddened by his daughter being affected. And then it turns out a woman taken to the prison just before the events started is completely unaffected... and seems to have odd powers.
It's a King novel. It won't have many surprises for people who like his style - it's very much comfort food. But there's a freshness there that I think is from bouncing ideas off King the younger and then trusting each other to take the ideas to completion. I really hope they work together again. It's the best King novel I've read in a while, and while it's not completely free of ick - trigger warning for violence against women in all forms, including sexual! - it's really good. Five of five stars.
Had this book been about 350 pages, it would have been far above average. Sadly, it was bloated and to be honest, a bit preachy. Certainly not what I expected from the Messrs. King.
The last 300 pages are far better than the first 400, so if you are struggling in the first half, hang in there and you will be rewarded.
I wonder if the premise of the story might have been the brainchild of the junior King. It has the feel of a millennial idea, which is not a criticism, merely an observation. I can detect which King is writing in several places, but only because I know the senior King's storycraft so well. I don't think a casual reader would notice.
While not the finest work in the King repertoire, it has some fine moments and some memorable characters.
Lots of negative reviews here. I found it captivating though it is so long that I doubted I would bother to finish it. I am so glad that I did. A lot of current social developments are subtly underlying the weird story: How men deal with problems vs. how women deal with them and the "Me-too" movement.
Not impressed at all! Found the opening pages very dragged out and very uninspiring. Not at all up to the Stephen King writing that I have enjoyed over the years. Could not get through more than the first 75 pages as the book totally failed to draw me and and keep me reading it.
It was....lacklustre. A reasonably good plot, but it really waffles on. Decent read if you have several spare days and nothing else to do.
Not impressed. Like someone else here, I had a hard time getting through the first 50 pages or so. Something was missing, or maybe I should say, something was there that was better left out. I have read practically every Stephen King book, and was anxious to see how his son would do. The snap and humour of King Sr. was missing. The writing was not as cohesive. I gave it three stars because the storyline was basically good, but the characters were not filled out enough. I powered through, and the last 300 pages or so were better. I hate it when I am relieved to finish a book.
Used to love his books. This one, not at all. The rough idea for the story was clever, but the storytelling was awful. As a woman, I felt that he was trying to pander to women in broad, obvious brushstrokes. Every woman had a history of victimization, every man was a misogynist. At the end of the story the women have the final say to direct their own fate, and the men stand by like dummies with guns in their hands. Ugh. And then there are 4 random pages at the end about racial tensions? It felt like that was just another social issue he decided to throw in to the story at the last minute. I skimmed the second half of the book just to power through, but what a disappointment. I think King thought this story would somehow be empowering to women... I felt it was patronizing.
This is one of the best books Stephen King has written. I'd put it up there with The Stand and It. If that's due to his collaboration with his son, Owen, then may they work together for a long, long time.
How interesting that the character who took no responsibility for his wrongdoings and constantly blamed them on everyone else was named Don.
This book contains many of the same ideas and themes from King's other books. Nothing new or interesting there. But I still love the way he can pull you inside a character's head. I always enjoy his books.
I really liked this book. Similar to other King books, certainly not his best, but enjoyable. Some say too many characters, but I found it easy to keep track of them. I even liked the ending, which I often don't in King's books.
I really enjoyed this book from start to almost finish. The characters were all very authentic and I felt that I could relate to many of them. This book was great, but I really had hoped it would end in a BANG, which it did not. I thought the final pages were a bit disappointing, but I'm glad the story hadn't faltered until near the end.
Unreadable, idiotically inconsistent political slant that makes no sense and adds nothing to the story.
I read Stephen King's IT back in September, and while I could. not. put. it. down, I had some icky feelings about the misogyny, homophobia, and racism throughout that book. I was wondering if King's more recent work would be more palatable in those arenas, and what should he release (co-written with his son, Owen King) at the end of September? SLEEPING BEAUTIES, which is completely about gender. How convenient!
At its core, Sleeping Beauties explores a very basic concept: what would our world be like without women? We're not talking about the long-term consequences (like the global birthrate plummeting to zero), but the immediate outcomes. In the authors' note at the end of the book, the Kings write, "If a fantasy novel is to be believable, the details underpinning it must be realistic," and this was clearly their mantra while writing this novel. The male characters' reactions to Aurora, even when horrifying, all have the ring of truth. And, when the tables are turned, it's not hard to believe that many of the sleeping women would feel safer and freer in a world without men.
I read this book over a weekend. I started it and just could not put it down. It was a lot like UNDER THE DOME - small town on its own with no outside help. I couldn't get into the women's world but soon found I was enjoying it. Like most King books it goes on for over 700 pages. If you like his books you will enjoy reading this one. Not sure what part King's son wrote as I have not read any of his books. Try it if you have the time.
I was glad to read your comment. King was never really a favourite author for me, I think what I disliked most is that he added so many people so quickly, so I'd have to go back and see who they were again. Also, Id rather his chapters were shorter. I tend to get really bored when it takes 50 pages for ONE chapters. But what I do know, I give books the 100 page test. Unless of course, it sucks the life out of me in the 40, and then it goes back. Im not surprised his kid got in on this tho, I was going to try it, but after reading your comment, Im thinkin no. Thank you for your honesty. Happier Reading
I have always considered myself a huge fan of Stephen King, read every one of his books as soon as they came out, considered The Stand my all time favorite for quite a few years. I've been thinking his last few books were maybe just a bit...lazy? But this one is pure garbage, and it seems King's social justice warrior stance and his hatred of all things Trump have finally driven him a bit over the edge into loony liberal land. I could try and forgive this mess, and just hope this was his effort to help his son's career get going by doing a name ride-by a la John Patterson and his almost weekly "and with" efforts...it's no secret that publisher's today figure it's okay letting some unknown author do most of the work and then slapping a big name on as a collaboration, that it'll sell no matter how putrid. But I honestly thought better of Stephen King. Too bad, apparently not. All I can say is that I couldn't even finish this. My former favorite author, and I quit after about half. If that doesn't say it all, go ahead and try it. You've been warned, though. I will say this much. I would bet serious money Owen wrote most of this and Dad agreed to stick his name on to help sales. Since it reads like a poor imitation of a Stephen King novel I am guessing that's what is to blame for this terrible effort. King senior should have left his name off this one.