Review: The Long Walk by Stephen King

Title The Long Walk
Author  Stephen King (Richard Bachman)
Year 1979
Stand Alone or Series Stand Alone
Pages 370
Reading Time February 2011

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as "The Long Walk". If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

When I read this book my impression of Stephen King was not good. Having enjoyed more of Richard Bachman books than the "Real Deal" I entered with high hopes and I was not dissapointed.

With this book, as you read and follow Garraty quest you will feel his pain. No doubt about it.

The setting is dystopia world where we know almost nothing with the sole exception of the "Major" who is in charge of a race between 100 boys where the last one standing (sole survivor) is a winner and will have everything he wants (he and his family). Why must this race exist? What's its purpose? I would enjoy if King had dwelt more on this new world. 

In the race we met the main character Garraty, the friendly McVries, the loud-mouth Barkovitch or the enigmatic Stebbins. We learn that even stressful situations we can find hope. It is one heck of a journey. Undoubtably It is one of the best book written by Stephen King, even if written by his pseudonym.

I guess this is one of those books that I will read again in the future having enjoyed greatly. 9.5/10


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