I have read almost ALL of Stephen King’s books and have the rest on order to read but I have never read one of his son’s books. I was looking forward to seeing how their writing styles complimented or contradicted each other, as well as, how well they meshed together in the book.
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King is about a small town that is struck by the latest disease hitting the world called the Aurora Flu aka The Sleeping Sickness which causes women of all ages to grow a cobweb type of cocoon around their bodies once they fall asleep. If you were to wake up these women in the cocoon, they became feral animals attacking and killing whatever or whomever woke them from their sleep. There was one female, Eve, who seemed to not be affected by the disease which cause a big fight among the townspeople. Some wanted to take her to kill or study her and some fought to keep her alive until it wore off in a few days as Eve promised them.
I did not know what to expect out of this book when I first bought it. I know Stephen King’s voice in all his written works, but I did not know Owen King’s voice, so I was a bit concerned about how well the book would flow. The story flowed well, you could tell the different voices at the beginning of the writing but as the story continued, the two author voices became in unison thus making the storyline easier to read without any tone changes.
The characters were developed, and several had their own unique personalities and quirks and throughout the book you did get the background stories of each of the key players. While I enjoyed the book, I did not find myself invested in any one character. I do not know if it was due to the many players in the book or if it was due to the actual story line. Either way, I was not consumed with wanting to know the next move as I normally am while reading a Stephen King book. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it was anticlimactic for me in the end.
I give Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King 3 out of 5 Bookmarks.