Author: Stephen King
Publication Year: 2011
My Rating: 5/5 stars
It's quite ironic how a book that's been on my shelves for over 3 years turns out to become the first novel I rate 5/5 stars on this blog.
This is the story of Jake who lives in Maine, America in the year of 2011. Jake is a middle-aged man, and he has had an average life so far. He's been married and divorced, and he works as a high-school English teacher at the local high school.
One day, Jake is told a big secret by his friend Al. The secret is that Al has found a portal that can take you back in time to the year of 1958. The reason why Al is sharing this secret with Jake is because Al is dying, and he needs for Jake to go back in time and change the future - more specifically he's talking about an event that will take place on 11.22.63...
This book was amazing in many different ways! First of all, it's one of those stories that puzzles with your mind and makes you think: What if? What if you could go back in time and change the future? How would it work out? Stephen King gives us his version of exactly that in this novel, and it is highly entertaining.
Secondly, this is one of King's novels that is NOT horror but more of a thriller, and I loved this shift in genre. I've previously claimed that King is a great story-teller but not necessarily the best writer, but I take that back! This book has so many interesting details and observations to it which I loved, and everything wrapped up beautifully!
This 700-page-story does have its slow parts which never became dull, but still you had to be patient while getting through them. However, all of a sudden things became very heated and tense and I was on the edge of my seat. Everything kept coming in waves and I was enthralled! AND for those of you who are still a bit skeptical, this book has a beautiful romance story. It's not too much; it's just the perfect amount. The novel contains some beautiful scenes which I did not see coming from Stephen King, and I was pleasantly surprised.
Read it! It will fly by despite its many pages, and it will puzzle with your mind and make you think differently on the past and the future.