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. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: September 26th 2017
I read this as an audio book and sped it up a little to get through the book quicker. I sometimes read the book along with the audio as well. Doing this showed up some inconsistencies between the printed word and the spoken. For example, wherever the word sheriff appeared in the book was read as chief. Not sure why this was done but I didn’t see why it should be.
This book is classed as horror and yet it didn’t sound like what I perceive as a horror novel. It seemed more like a mystery. This is only the second book of Stephen King’s that I’ve read and it seemed to be a bit slow moving for the most part. The main character, Eve, was both mysterious and intriguing. It was never really clear to me what or who she was other than she played a major part in why the women fell asleep and ended up cocooned. By the end of the novel I was still unsure as to whether she was human or not.
What became very clear throughout this book was that its one goal was to accuse all men, regardless of what they were really like or not, of treating all the women poorly and therefore they needed to be taught, and shown, the error of their ways. This was cute to begin with but by half way through I found it very irritating. Many of the men in this story weren’t that bad when dealing with the women in their lives but they appeared to be overshadowed by the bad ones.
On the audio book they had an extra bit where Stephen was talking about how he and his son came up with this story. If I heard correctly, Stephen said that he and his son wrote their own bits of the story and then they gave each other their composition at which point they re-wrote them. This puzzled me and I couldn’t understand why they did this. Maybe this influenced the way the book came across to the reader.
Having said the above, I would still be willing to look at reading another one of Stephen King’s books just to see if the writing and/or story improves.
Recommend for: Adults