The book is based in the town of Dooling in Appalachia. Circumstances arise where all of the female population cannot wake from their sleep – hence the title. A strange, mystical woman enters the town and before long it is realized that she can sleep and wake when she needs to. As the men try to keep their lives together without the women, it is not long before the blame for the eerie circumstances are laid squarely at the feet of the newcomer – Evie Black as she calls herself.
Evie is more secretive than the inner workings of Amazon as she sets about playing good against bad to achieve her goals.
The culmination of Evie’s will and the townsmen’s testosterone-fuelled response is akin to a minor civil war – haha lesson taught!! This is how men behave and react. OK, guys unclench those fists – check out the authors again – yep, Stephen and Owen King. Guys like us so don’t go blowing off steam about bloody feminists or any other crap. And if you still feel riled just take solace in the fact that this is, at the end of the day, just a fictional novel.
So to this point, you can see that I liked this read. And yes, I did but I cannot give more than three stars because I felt there was a slight loss of originality.
I started with a concern that the disease/plague that was inhabiting the women, and the way that is spread worldwide quickly and easily, was a bit too close to the Captain Tripps flu from The Stand. Then I cut it some slack as it only affected women and we were not left with only little possess. There came a mention of a fire like bird and immediately I thought they had called Joe Hill to join the family and he had brought his Phoenix with him from Fireman. At one point he is actually mentioned by name in this book…….. in the words of Jimi Hendrix, “Hey Joe”.
The second half of the book deals with two alternate worlds, one where time flows a lot faster than the other and I was waiting for Roland Deschain to chase the man in black across the desert or for Blaine the Train to come steaming out. At other times Evie formed the perfect picture in my mind although she looked remarkably like Drew Barrymore in the Firestarter movie, that was the impression I was getting. Little disappointed that the prison in this book is a women’s prison, just couldn’t get Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in the frame.
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