Rating: 4.5 / 5
SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King and Owen King was the February pick for the #constantreadersbookclub on Bookstagram. While I’ve read a LOT of Stephen King, this was my first time reading anything by Owen King.
SLEEPING BEAUTIES follows a strange new pandemic. Women around the world are falling asleep and not waking back up. Instead they are spawning something like a cocoon as soon as they fall asleep. If someone tries to remove the cocoon, the woman awakes just enough to lash out viscously in retaliation before going back to sleep. While many women are trying to stay awake by any means necessary, there is only so much one can do.
We’re following a large cast of characters including the staff and inmates at a women’s prison, the female sheriff and residents of a small town in Appalachia. A woman named Evie kicks off the book by ensuring that she gets arrested and sent to the prison. It seems that Evie is holding secrets as to what exactly is going on.
While this wasn’t a favorite King read for me, I did very much enjoy it. I listened to the audio which was fantastic. The narrator did an impressive job such that even with a large cast of characters, I didn’t find myself lost. It was interesting to see the ways the authors explored different aspects of a world without women as more and more fall to this strange condition. Some men come out as protectors while some most definitely are not.
There was a discussion with the authors at the end of the audiobook as well in which they talk about how they went through the co-writing process, exchanging text and passages such that it wouldn’t read differently in different places where one author or the other obvious had a heavier hand. I thought that this was an interesting addition to read!
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