TITLE: Sleeping Beauties
By: Stephen King and Owen King
GENRE: Horror, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction, Fantasy
PUBLICATION: September 26th 2017 by Scribner
Women all over the globe become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze when they fall asleep. If they are awakened, and 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.
The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?
The concept of this book is really intriguing and the fact that it’s written by a father and son duo makes it even more interesting. The book opened up with a scene a little odd it’s easy to guess what’s coming are even weirder. Set in an Appalachian town, Dooling, thousands of characters residing in it were introduced. And then the mysterious thing happened.
They called it Aurora. Sleeping Beauty anyone? As soon as Aurora started, I found the story so mysterious and really engaging. There are so many questions in my mind that need answering. Like who is Evie, that she can control animals and talk to them? What’s the deal with that enchanted tree in the woods? What’s with the cocoon and the moths? Why Dooling is the center of all of it?
The thing is, not all the answers to my questions are satisfying. In fact not all questions were answered so when I finished the book, I was immensely unsatisfied. It’s also a bit rushed but my main concern is nothing still makes sense to me, even now. The build-up was amazing though but then before I knew it, it’s done. The climax, that final battle and the decision-making thing are underwhelming. I do appreciate the underlying message of the story, the value of women and their rights. Somehow, this showed how men will react and live without the women population. It’s deep, the message, but like I said at the end, I’m unsatisfied and I had this question:
What good did Aurora contribute to the world?
It’s almost pointless. The negative repercussions of Aurora outweigh the positive. Thankfully some of the characters are really compelling. There are various characters. I love the Norcrosses, family of three, and they are big part of the story. I liked how interesting the characters from the women correctional, also the guys who seemed like villains at the climax. And Evie managed to have my interest till the end. Seriously, she’s one fascinating, intriguing woman.
Overall I rate this 3.5 to 4 stars. Despite the ending I enjoyed reading the first three quarters of this book. My Reading buddy, Raistlin, said King isn’t really known for great endings so this is normal-ish, I think. 🙂
By the way, I’ll be having a Readathon ft. Stephen King’s books next year. You’re welcome to join me if you want. 🙂
What do you think of this book? Have you read it or planning to?