Monday, December 28, 2015

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

Title: The Dead Zone

Author: Stephen King

Published: Hodder & Stoughton, 2011 (first published 1979)

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Pages: 600

Summary: Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo.

When he wakes up life has been turned upside down. His fiancee has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man...  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: This is the third work of Stephen King I have delved into, and to be honest I was a little unsure of how much I would like this book.  It took me a little while to pick this book up because of this reason.  I was a little intimidated by its size but when I started reading the book I felt as though I couldn't put the book down.

The book was a little slow to get going but at the same time I felt as though it had quite an addictive quality to it however.  So while this book is pretty big, I managed to read it in three sittings because I just wanted to sit down and find out more about what was happening.

I really thought the parts of the book where Johnny developed his psychic ability was so interesting.  I was kind of hoping for a bit more of that sort of stuff in the book because I found it to be really fascinating.  Interestingly, I wasn't really sure at all how this book would play out and I was expecting a little bit more horror elements but at the same time, I was fairly interested in the way that things went.

I do have to say that later on in the book there is a little bit of political talk and the book took more of a political direction, and I felt that bit of the book to be less interesting.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Dead Zone.  I definitely feel interested in trying out more books by Stephen King as he has so many interesting sounding books that I feel I would really enjoy.

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