Wednesday, December 21, 2011

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Title: 11/22/63
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner
Format: Kindle eBook
Source: Purchased
To Purchase: Amazon  

Description: November 22nd, 1963 was a rapid-fire sequence of indelible moments: Shots ring out; a president slumped over; a race to the Dallas hospital; an announcement, blood still fresh on the First Lady's dress. But what if President John F. Kennedy didn't have to die; if somehow his assassin could have been thwarted? For Maine schoolteacher Jake Epping, those hypothetical what if's become real possibilities when he walks through a portal to the past. Without special skills and still unfamiliar with his new/old surroundings, he struggles to discover a way to change the history he left. Like its Under the Dome predecessor, Stephen King's 849-page novel shows that this master of suspense is back at the top of his game.

Review: Stephen King's 11/22/63 will drop the reader into the obdurate Land of Ago in his suspenseful new masterpiece.

When Jake's friend Al tells him his crazy plans to stop the Kennedy assassination in the past, Jake is first shocked and then amazed. He goes down the "rabbit hole" and agrees to change the past, but the past fights dirty. Jake'll need more than luck and knowledge of the future to survive, but will the new future be better than the old? Only time will tell.

The past may be obdurate, but King plans to create a new past in his 11/22/63. The characters are amazing and three-dimensional. Each one is unique and plays a part, no matter how big or small. Despite being a long novel, there is a quiet tension filling each page. I didn't want to put it down. I love the historical aspects of the novel and how King brings these characters from the past to life. The philosophy of time and time travel is fabulous. I love how the past harmonizes and the past doesn't want to change. Only one point made me roll my eyes, though. When Jake gets to Derry, we come across an It reference, which is a bit unoriginal, but it didn't stop me from reading. 

11/22/63 by Stephen King has done it again with this masterful, tense-filled new novel. I love it, and it's the type of book that'll make you think.