Sleeping Beauties - Stephen King & Owen King

Sleeping Beauties

By Stephen King & Owen King

  • Release Date: 2017-09-26
  • Genre: Horror
4 Score: 4 (From 744 Ratings)

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Tedious long read

    2
    By Thelony1
    I don’t remember when this book came out but I purchased it when it first did and it has taken a long time to finish. The story while interesting has a disjointed pace and didn’t keep me interested. The main characters are forgettable but the ending was ok . My only triumph with this book was I finished what I started.
  • Entertains. Slow at first but picked up and was worth reading

    4
    By Readdds4Life
    Liked it pretty well but wouldn’t read it again.
  • Ugh

    2
    By Jabba Wabba
    This book should have ended 400 pages ago. Such drivel is tiresome. It’s like they tried to recreate The Stand and failed miserably.
  • Reading An Oscar Winner

    5
    By 77Freckles
    This book was amazing, sad, bright and beautiful. Every time I read, it felt like I was watching the movie of the year. Exciting and thought provoking, it’s a new favorite!
  • A Decent Premise

    2
    By kdp6484647e
    The basic idea of the story is interesting! But the execution is wanting. The book is unnecessarily long for the actual content. It could’ve been much shorter. The morals and all were a bit overdone.
  • Drawn into this story almost immediately

    5
    By jksulley1
    Another great read! The first few chapters, one could decipher a difference of writing styles. And then, both authors’ styles meshed into one. I plan to read some of Owen King’s books.
  • Unreliable Authors

    1
    By friskygoatscientist
    I am down with a good unreliable narrator but this is written by unreliable authors. It doesn’t seem like they understand exactly what story they are trying to tell or who represents what. The result is a book that comes off as sexist and racist while trying to cover a lot of things but only accomplishing any specific thing poorly.
  • Masterpiece!!

    5
    By Ladyohlala
    Stephen and Owen King did an amazing job on this book. From start to finish I was hooked.
  • Interesting

    3
    By Babyluv72
    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

    5
    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.

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