I’ve fell off the blogging wagon over the summer. But I’m back! I read so many ace books over the summer but I’m not here to talk about those, I’m here to talk about the new 718 page behemoth that hits shelves next week, Sleeping Beauties.
What makes this even more exciting, not are we getting one King, we’re getting two! Sleeping Beauties is co-written with his son Owen King.
All across the world something strange is happening to women: as soon as they fall asleep, a mysterious virus shrouds their bodies in a cocoon like gauze.
Now time is the enemy.
Women are fighting to stay awake.
Men are fighting each other.
And the women of Dooling, West Virginia are about to open open their eyes to a new world altogether…
I was lucky enough to get an exclusive proof copy from the great team at Hodder, I was so excited starting this book. I was also taken back by the size of the book but on second thought if a novel’s going to have two authors it might as well be a long story. One of the most interesting things starting Sleeping Beauties is the dedication. Stephen and Owen King dedicate this novel to Sandra Bland, this is a particularly heartbreaking dedication and I urge you all to google her story. The other interesting thing about this novel is the character list at the start of the book, I didn’t look at this as I was worried it might spoil some of the story but there’s so many characters in this book I found myself referring back to this page a number of times when I was roughly about halfway through.
From the start you can tell that this is co-authored, Owen’s style is noticeable amongst Stephen’s style. I makes this book fresh. Even though the start gives you flashbacks of The Stand and I figured it was going to be reminiscent of that novel it quickly changes direction. There’s touches of Alderman’s The Power and Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale at the edges of this novel but I found it to be one of King’s most politically charged novels. There’s a good few comments about Trump and lots of references to other stupid men such as Cliven Bundy (Dollop fans’ll know who this is).
Unlike The Stand, Sleeping Beauties unfolds slowly and the main characters the plot follows are some of the most interesting that the Kings have developed. It’s a book with pace, dark gender politics and it sucker punches you in latter end of the novel.
I wanted to post my thoughts on Sleeping Beauties before I finished the book for a couple of reasons: firstly I’m just so excited about this book and secondly I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I’m just coming up to the end, I don’t want this book to end but I can’t wait to see everyones reaction to it when Sleeping Beauties is release.
There’s been so much buzz about this book and more than any other Stephen King book before fans in my hometown have come in force. Since the release of Dark Tower and IT, I’ve had about 5 conversations a day about Stephen King.
Constant readers will not be disappointed by this book and possibly down to Owen King this has been one of the best of King’s modern novels.
Sleeping Beauties is out on Tuesday 26th September, it’s not too late to pre-order your copy and for the hardcore fans Waterstones is doing a stunning limited slip-cased edition (it really gorgeous) AND IT’S SIGNED!