In this #1 national bestseller, “master storyteller” (Houston Chronicle) Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, tells the tale of the contestants of a grueling walking competition where there can only be one winner—the one that survives.
In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules—keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you’re out—permanently.
A “psychologically dark tale with commentary on society, teenage life, and cultural entertainment, The Long Walk is still poignant decades after its original publication” (Publishers Weekly). This edition features an introduction by Stephen King on “The Importance of Being Bachman.”
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This is only my second Stephen King book and I really enjoyed it. My favorite books are mainly character driven books and this was amazing. I felt like I was right there with them. You really see them slowly going insane or giving up. The crazy thing is that there were crowds and spectators cheering the entire walk but just like the walkers, at some points you forget they’re even there. I wish we knew the back story of how the walks started. I feel like it was very realistic, especially the authenticity of the boys, all under 18, thoughts and conversations. It made me really sad for them bc they’re all just kids. None of them really realized it would be that hard, painful and frightening. Every time someone got their ticket, I would search back in the book to each all their interactions with Garraty, just so I could remember their “life”. See how they started, confident and happy, to how they ended, scared and broken. I really enjoyed the ending (if you can really enjoy something so sad). Felt really realistic. Overall, this was a really good book. I’m definitely going to read more of King’s books.
One of the Best
I had to review this book, as I've never read such a novel that would slip into my mind during the day, as if it were a true and ongoing situation. I'd wonder during my day, where the boys (the walkers) were 'by now' and how they're doing as they walk and aren't allowed to stop. I'd find myself actually thinking about these fictional characters - all walking until only one boy is left - the winner! The only one left alive. We get to know these boys extremely well, via Stephen King's incredible writing. Good horror!
Just finished 30 seconds ago. Such a heartfelt, raw and believable book about teenage boy friendship, determination and love. One of my favorite King books, up there with The Body.