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Every year on the first day of May, one hundred teenage boys meet for an event known through out the country as \"The Long Walk\". Among this years chosen crop is sixteen year old Ray Garraty. He knows the rules: that warnings are issued if you fall under speed, stumble, sit down. That after three warnings....you get your ticket. And what happens then serves as a chilling reminder that there can only be one winner in the Walk - the one that survives.
The Long Walk: King at his best!!!
I'm a young reader, but don't let that fool you; I have great tastes in books, and Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. I've got to say that this is the best book I've ever read by Stephen King. It's not a "monster-thriller," but it's still creepy... Every year on the first of May, one hundred teenage boys gather at a road. Their mission? One must "outwalk" the other ninety-nine walkers. Whoever's left standing wins. However, consequences do apply... If you fall under speed, stop, walk off the road, or physically assault another walker more than three times, well... You buy your "ticket." Even though the book is about a walk, King makes it so awesome that you will have a pretty tough time getting your eyes off this great book. I've finished it, and at the end it made me think, "Wow, that was a cool idea!" This is a COMPLETELY ORIGINAL STORY, only from the great mind of King himself. It may not be monster-scary, but it still delivers the disturbing lasting after-effect that every one of King's books gives to the reader. I encourage any reader who loves suspense to get this book.
A disturbing tale
I have read Stephen King for the last 16 years or so and am an avid fan of his work. All are pretty good, many are great. 'The Long Walk' is one of the greatest of the great.
I have read this story three times over the last decade and a half and have gotten more out of the story each time. This story simply gives a lot and keeps on giving.
The characters are unforgettable. Ray Garraty and Pete McVries form a bond that is so strong they are willing to risk "the Prize" and their lives for one another. Interestingly, at the time this bond becomes the strongest, the two have only known each other for about two days. This is only one example of how this terrible contest forges relationships between its many participants.
The storyline, while simple, and at times existing only in the minds of the various Walkers, keeps you enthralled and you will find yourself unable to put the book down until the end. You never know what will happen next or who will be the next walker to be eliminated from the contest.
As a long distance runner I often think about this story while on long runs. While not exactly the same, the real horror hits home when I think about not being able to stop or slow down and the price to pay if you do.
The ending of the book is a little fast and abrupt but is very disturbing, particularly the last line.
Overall this is one of the first King books (written as Bachman) that I have ever read and over the years I find myself going back to it again and again. It is a short read and an excellent story. Highly recommended.
The Best Story King has ever Written
I have read all of Kings published novels, about 50 or so, and this is my alltime favorite. In fact, of all the horror novels I've read, and believe me its 100s, this is the best. Incredibly bleak, gritty, and dark. This would make a great sci-fi film but is too bloody hardcore for the mainstream. The story follows 100 game show contestants struggling to survive. What makes the story great is you know only 1 of the 100 will win, and the rest will all die. It is only their willpower that will keep their life. As the story progresses King creates realistic characters of depth that inevitably get run down by the game. This format makes you keep turning the page, wondering how it could possibly get worse, and it does. This is the only novel I've read 4 times. Definately recommend for fans of bleak King, Horror, or dark Sci-Fi. Not for the squeamish or faint of heart.
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