Revival By Stephen King – Book Review #35
Stephen King’s Revival
I’m struggling to write what I feel about Revival. Some have said it’s classic King but I don’t agree. I’ve been a King fan since I saw IT when I was about 15 and felt a compulsion to read the book. After reading IT and thinking it was one of the best books I’d ever read, I devoured every King book I could get my hands on.
I started collecting them for a few years and always got excited when I bought a new book. I did sometimes find some of the books really hard to read, though. They were long and had so many characters, I sometimes got confused. I think this was probably the reason I didn’t read any of his books for quite a few years. Well, that and having a young family. Reading time was scarce with little ones to look after!
I always buy the new books when they’re released and with the exception of Mr. Mercedes, they remain on the shelf unread.
My ‘to be read’ pile is getting bigger by the day. I’ve run out of space on the bookcase and new books are currently being stacked on the window sill!
I couldn’t decide which book to read next after The Drowning Lesson and on a whim, I picked up Revival and marked it on Goodreads as the book I was currently reading.
I’ve been struggling to find the time to read again recently and I find myself binge reading on a Sunday afternoon so I can write my review for my Monday blog post.
I thought I was going to finish this book by the middle of the week as I found myself not being able to put it down!
As I said, it’s been a long time since I’ve read an SK book but this one felt different to how I remember his writing style. It’s hard for me to explain, which isn’t good when writing a review!
It didn’t feel like I was reading a story by SK.
The blurb on Goodreads says the ending is terrifying and plenty of other reviewers have said the same same thing. I’m really struggling to see why they think that.
It made feel a bit uneasy at the end (I can’t go into details because of spoilers) but it didn’t scare me in the slightest.
It had some parts that made me feel a little uncomfortable with some gruesome descriptions but these were few. Honestly, I expected more of them because it was written by SK!
I found myself really liking the main character, Jamie Morton. We meet him when he’s a young boy and follow him through to his 60s.
I loved reading about his family life and watching him grow up with his brothers and sisters and God-fearing parents.
Charles Jacobs was the new, young Reverend at Jamie’s church and they meet when Jamie has just turned 6. They form a bond that lasts for the majority of Jamie’s life. At times, Jamie wishes this weren’t so.
I enjoyed seeing Jamie fall in love, find a love of music and start his career playing in various bands. I got sad when he got addicted to drugs and really happy when he was cured of his addiction after meeting up with Charles Jacobs again.
It’s a slow moving story which I enjoyed but it didn’t keep me reading as much towards the end as the start of the book had done.
I ended up binge reading the last 100 pages or so yesterday and the end left me feeling a little sad. I won’t say why as I don’t want to spoil it.
It’s not a Stephen King book as I remember them but I still gave it 4 stars as I really did enjoy it.