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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Stephen King collaborated with his son Owen on this spellbinding, spooky story about an Appalachian town afflicted by a strange pandemic affecting only women. The Kings’ talent for grab-you-by-the-collar storytelling, gloriously real characters, and grimly hilarious dialogue is on full display. Sleeping Beauties is a long novel, but it's fantastically entertaining.
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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
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.
So the Kings are political now?
Interesting story, typical King page-turner, but King just can’t resist the urge to insert politics into his story. Trump is awful, white cops are bad, and all men are angry. I miss the old King.