This book. This mothereffing book. It’s a monster of a book. A little over 700 pages. I decided to go the audiobook way. #noregrets.
The basic premise of the story is that women all over the world are falling asleep and being enveloped by a cocoon-like material that radiates from their bodies. Waking the woman, results in disastrous results for the sucker that attempts it. So while the women are all asleep in their cocoons, the men are left to fend for themselves and are eager to get their women back. Meanwhile, the women are living in some kind of utopia in an alternate timeframe and eventually have to decide whether to go back to the regular world, or stay in their new, idyllic life.
This book confused me from the very beginning. The cast of characters is tremendous!! I couldn’t keep track of all these people. Let me put it this way. Imagine every person that lives on your block. Got it? Okay, now imagine every single one of their viewpoints regarding one event all in one book. It’s too much right?? Oh, and then there are the views from the mice and fox. Yeah. I wish I were kidding. All those point of views were highly unnecessary because they overlap and make the story drag on. This book could have been pared down and still gotten its message across.
And the message! My goodness. It’s super political. A lot of socio-political drivel wrapped up in a “supernatural” story. Whether or not I agree with it or not is beside the point. This story was waaay too much. Because while it sits on some kind of moral high horse, there are aspects that, in my opinion, are actually kind of offensive.
A Conversation With the Authors
At the end of the audiobook, there is a small conversation between Stephen King and Owen King. It was enlightening. Turns out that they initially started writing this book as a television script. So, this 700 page book was written with the idea of making it into a television show in mind! Makes so much sense. Was I annoyed? YES!!! Ugh! I spent 25 hours listening to this overly tedious book.
This is my third Stephen King book. And I am yet to be impressed by his books. Have I given up on him? Nope! He has a plethora of work. I’m sure one of them will eventually stick.
2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.
Prompt: a book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
[Saw a woman reading this book in a hospital waiting room last December when I was compiling my TBR for this challenge.]
Challenge Update: 46/50