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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sleeping Beauties REVIEW


Sleeping Beauties

Title:  Sleeping Beauties
Author: Stephen King and Owen King
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: September 26th 2017
Audio Length:  25 hours and 22 minutes
Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Edition:  audiobook

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |   #CommissionsEarned

Reason for Reading – Requested from my local library via RB digital app. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary.  



Synopsis:

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, and 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?


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Awesomeness Factor: 4 / ★★★★★



Main Characters

  • Lila Norcross: a female sheriff
  • Clint Norcross: a male psychologist 
  • Evie Black: female immune to the sleeping disease

Characters: 3 / ★★★★★

* This list was taken off of Goodreads

Plot

When women fall asleep and a cocoon wraps around their face, they don't wake up. Removing the cocoon results in the women violently killing the person that disturbs them and the cocoon sealing back. Men are left to try to figure out a world with no women. Mixed feelings; happy the nagging wife stopped, sad no one is taking care of the little boys, lonely without their companion. Some try to find a cure or a reason behind this phenomenon. Some lash out at the sleeping beauties.

The story is told by several POVs including men, sleeping women, and the women fighting sleep as if their lives depend on it, because maybe it does.

Plot and Themes: 4 / ★★★★★


Setting

Appalachia - could be anywhere from Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky or Tennessee. 
Women's Prison

Setting: 4 / ★★★★★




Theme

What would the world look like with no women ? with no men?
"Couldn't Put It Down"-ness – 5 / ★★★★★

What did I like about the book?

When I was in high school (a LONG time ago) I went through a HUGE Stephen King phase. Read the Gunslinger series, Green Mile, Dreamcatcher, ect. It was at that point I realized I liked reading books better than watching the movies. I was hooked... until I wasn't and I haven't picked up a King book in a decade. Not sure why I stopped. Life happened most likely. I had children and read children books with the kids, ect. I forgot how much I love Stephen King stories.

I read The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (read that review here) last year. The start of this book reminded me of the same premise. I wonder if she read this book since it came out first? Both books include characters that fall asleep and can't be woken up. The story and settings are different but they could both be Sleeping Beauty retellings. In this book the phenomenon is called Aurora disease which I found to be a nice nod.

This story is written by two men but they described how women feel pretty well. Relationships are complicated. Women get angry, fed up, abused, neglected by men. That cycle causes so much damage that most men refuse to see. I felt so validated as a woman reading this book. SLEEPING BEAUTIES IS SO WELL WRITTEN.



What did I not like about the book?

There were SO MANY CHARACTERS. I listened to the audiobook at a fast pace because it was SO LONG (over 25 hours). The narrator changed her pitch and speech but there were so many characters that many of them sounded the same. I kind of tuned out the names and just focused on the story progress.

Date Started/Finished : December 28th 2019- January 1st 2020

Writing: 5/★★★★★
Story – 5 / ★★★★★ a new take on an old classic
Romance – 5 / ★★★★★ it talks about lust, new love, unrequited love, hateful love, falling out of love, abusive love
Angst – 5 / ★★★★★ choices and consequences
Content Flow – 5 / ★★★★★
Image/ Illustration – 5 / ★★★★★ Cover has a picture of a sleeping woman with a moth covering her face. Wonderful depiction of the story
Intellectual Depth – 5 / ★★★★★



Recommend? YES

Recommend To – anyone wondering what life would be like without the opposite sex
Would you encourage others to read this book? yes- its STEPHEN KING
Would Read More from Author? Definitely

Overall Rating: 5/★★★★★

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars



View all my reviews based off Goodreads' ratings5 stars – LOVE, it was amazing, highly recommend.


Language level

content rating system
PG-13 + M = same as PG-13 but includes mature themes (abortion, suicide, adultery, sexual or physical abuse) Includes f-words and profanities throughout








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