11/22/63 by Stephen King {Beth’s Review}

Posted 6 May, 2015 by Beth / 1 Comment

11/22/63 by Stephen King {Beth’s Review}11/22/63 by Stephen King
four-stars
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers, Time Travel
Pages: 849
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

Now in trade paperback, acclaimed author and Master of Horror Stephen King’s #1 bestselling time travel novel, winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and praised by USA TODAY as “extraordinary.”WINNER OF THE 2012 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZEIn Stephen King’s “most ambitious and accomplished” (NPR) and “extraordinary” (USA TODAY) #1 New York Times bestselling novel, time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying. Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.President John F. Kennedy is dead.Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away...but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke... Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten...and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

Now I want to time travel!

Thoughts on 11/22/63

I’ve never read a Stephen King novel before. All I knew was that all of his books are super long but super interesting. When I found out this one was over 800 pages, I was definitely intimidated, but I went into it with an open mind. Boy am I glad that I did!

The time travel aspect of the book was awesome. It was intriguing and unique. I didn’t know what was going to happen and I just had to keep reading so I could find out. Time travel has to be a difficult thing to write about, but he did it so well.

The plot itself was interesting. A guy goes back in time to try to save John F. Kennedy from being assassinated? Awesome! Add that with King’s ability to write interesting and complex sub plots and you have yourself a great book!

I loved the main character- Jake. A high school teacher from a small town gets the chance of a lifetime. He was an easy character to cheer for. But really, most of them were in this book. King does a great job of making all the characters different from one another.

My only complaint is that in some places the book was a little slow but it wasn’t to the point where I wanted to quit reading it. It was also not a terribly hard book to read. Sure, it was a tad bit confusing with all the time travel and things but it was easy to pick up.

Anyone that wants to read this book but the size intimidates them- pick it up! You won’t be sorry. Especially if you like historical fiction. It says a lot that I can talk so highly of this book even though historical fiction is not a genre that I pick up normally.

four-stars

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