By Stephen King & Owen King
- Release Date: 2017-09-26
- Genre: Horror
Sleeping Beauties Stephen King & Owen King Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
In this spectacular New York Times bestselling father/son collaboration that “barrels along like a freight train” (Publishers Weekly), Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare. One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?
Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanted to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world. Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a woman’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.
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User reviews about this book
Stephen and Owen King did an amazing job on this book. From start to finish I was hooked.
After reading many of the reviews on this book I couldn’t help but put my two cents out there— this book was interesting.
What made it interesting is as a avid King reader for the past 20 years — I could tell when he was writing and when Owen was writing. I found it interesting that King was so much more graphic and explicit than his son, Owen.
There is this feeling from Kings male “constant readers” that this was a sexist work — man hating and political. Wake up, guys, King has always had an affinity for abusive male leads with over indulging personality’s. He’s not shy about pointing out the deficiencies of his own gender. This worm is no different, it was just written in a different time— politically and socially.
Not my favorite King, but definitely not 1 star!
Familiar with a slightly softer edge
By Ace of Stace
This tale has all of the tried and true hallmarks that we know and love from Mr. King; fabulous character development, multifaceted storylines that lazily twine together, and those handful of characters you love and hate. However, it felt as if a few of those vicious, deadly sharp edges you find in other King tales were a little less sharp. This was a fascinating idea that walked the line between story and fable and while the ending was a little more idyllic and a little less believable, I’m glad it was so. The political, economic and environmental snare we seem to be sinking in can feel overwhelmingly hopeless at times and it was nice to have a “happily ever after”.
Being a rock solid Stephen King fan since I was old enough to sneak “Cujo” and “It” off the restricted bookshelf in my parents bedroom, this was a great read with all the SK infrastructure I know and love and also a fabulous introduction to Owen. Nice to meet you, Owen. I’m sure we’ll meet again. And Steve, standing ovation as usual.
By linedawg 40
Not one of the best books I’ve read probably the worst with Stephen King’s name on it. Mostly read like And angry divorced woman wrote it. I don’t think the collaboration was a good idea but you never know unless you try I guess. It didn’t start out that bad but just dragged on way too long.
By forget beauty
Worst book I have ever read. Just garbage
What a waste of time and money. I’ve read and enjoyed every Stephen King book ever written, until now. Don’t know who’s responsible for the theme, but I won’t even finish reading it. Let’s see: men are worthless, demeaning, ugly, lazy, brutal, and have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Written by two men who are obviously so drowning in political correctness and the land of snowflakes they’ll probably never find their way back.
Worst King title in the library.
I have read and enjoyed most of King’s books. I did something with this one I have never done: quit halfway through. I could not take any more preachy political man-hating. There is a reason Joe Hill has not depended on his father’s last name. His books are fantastic. I will not be reading any more with Owen King’s name on the cover.
Overall an ok read
The book poses an interesting sub connection regarding Evie and the rest of the King universe and sub universe and that is that there is a correlation between her and another mystical being, John Coffey (like the drink but spelled different. Could they be part of the same mother?
Coffey needed to die to save others. Evie needed to die to force others to be saved.
I think that the characterization suffered a bit by having so many players and it was not clear as to why Evie killed the meth dealers in the way that she did other than the fact that maybe it was because they had set up shop near the tree and it was therefore offensive to her?
In any case, I felt like we’d seen some variation of these characters before but like I said, an ok read. Not the best
It was interesting to see
Leave the politics out please.
Have always enjoyed a good King novel and this could have been another. The story is good, just could have done without the politics and currently fashionable “man hating” and every man is bad even if he’s good undertones.
I enjoyed the book but the reason all the women were taken wasn’t really explained. Think the “witch” (forget her name) said it was an accident she caused but didn’t really explain it. Then she mentioned she was told to do it but doesn’t knw why. . 🤷🏾♀️
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