- Published: 2016
- Number of pages: 593 pages
- Format: MOBI
- File Size: 1.22 MB
- Authors: Stephen King
Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine A #1 New York Times bestseller about a man who wakes up from a five-year coma able to see people’s futures and the terrible fate awaiting mankind—a “compulsive page-turner” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma and people clamor for him to solve their problems. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future. With “powerful tension that holds the reader to the story like a pin to a magnet” (The Houston Post), The Dead Zone is a “faultlessly paced…continuously engrossing” (Los Angeles Times) novel of second sight.
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⭐I found the novel read like the first and second novels in a two part series. The first half of the novel tells a story about a serial killer. The second half tells a story about an evil self-serving politician. Steven King seemed to be prescient in writing the seance half of the novel, foretelling so perfectly the era of Donald Trump, of his mindless minions, of a press that is more interested in getting a story that sells than in protecting our democratic system, of a political party that cares only about winning and virtually nothing about serving the people of this country.
⭐I know that I read this novel years ago but it had faded in my memory. When I was re-reading it, I was struck with not only how well written and engaging the novel is but also with how spookily relevant for our times some of what King talks about is.If you have never read this work and you are a King fan, it is most certainly worth your time. If you HAVE read it, a re-read might be worth it for you, too.
⭐It’s Stephen King. You either like his writing, or you’re not even reading this review, because you’d never buy something of his. I saw that some other reviewers complained that this book was slow-paced or boring. I did not find that to be the case, but the thing I’ve always loved most about King’s writing is the care he puts into crafting his characters. They are real people, who live on in your mind, with all their virtues and flaws. For the ultimate example of this, I always cite King’s The Stand, whether we’re talking about Stephen King or not. Masterful. Just masterful. So, I didn’t mind that we didn’t jump right into the precognition stuff. I had watched the movie with Christopher Walken many years ago (I know, sacrilege to watch the movie first.), as I slowly built up my King library (ultimate goal–everything King has ever written), but hadn’t read the book until now. I don’t remember how the movie wrapped things up, so am trying not to write any spoilers, but that intense character building King does paid off in a big way at the end. I was wrecked, emotionally wrecked, and cursing Stephen King’s name, even as I was saying, “So good. So freaking good. You got me again, Mr. King.”The takeaway is that, if you have a King section in your library, this deserves to be in it. If you’re a King fan and haven’t read this, you should. If you feel like I do, that one of King’s greatest strength is his character development, then, I think you’ll enjoy this.
⭐Great book. I watched the movie numerous times before ever reading the book & loved the movie. Now that I have read the book & then watched the movie, I hate the movie. Its like the director took tiny little bits from the book & threw them in. Example: the 1st 20 minutes of the movie you would be over half way through the book. There was more direct relation from the book in the Shining movie than there was with the Dead Zone movie. As I said though, GREAT book. If you have ever seen the movie, read the book & watch the movie right away. You’ll see exactly what I mean. 🙂
⭐Usual engaging Stephen King fare. Plenty of other worldly effects, but such a haunting love story as well. Will read again as I raced through it very caught up in the action. Satisfying ending that pulled together loose ends.
⭐This is Stephen King extraordinaire! It is hard to write a review for one of his novels. There are so many parallel plots that cross each other. You, as a reader are never in the dead zone. The character who emerges as the primary figure has strange similarities to someone in today’s political landscape.
⭐I am reading Stephen King’ s novels in the order of publication. THE DEAD ZONE was a great read. Johnny Smith is a haunted character, given powerful and strange abilities by an accident which robs him of the life he once had. Johnny spends half the 1970’s in a coma, making parts of his story read like a time capsule of the period. Johnny suddenly sees dangers that others cannot, leading him to become savior or Cassandra again and again. As the stakes behind his visions rise, the difficulties with preventing disaster become greater.
⭐I love this book! Wish it went on longer! I can not wait to get to the next adventure with you S.K.
⭐In The Dead Zone John Smith wakes up from a 4 year coma with the ability to see the past and the future of the people he touches.Some people see this ability as a gift from God. But for John, he sees it as a curse.It all started 4 years ago when John, a Teacher, took his date Sarah, also a Teacher, to the Fair.John is also known as Johnny in The Dead Zone and these names will be used interchangeably throughout this review.All was going well until John tried his luck on The Wheel of Fortune. The first time he wins. Then the second and third time to. Again and again he wins. He just can’t loose, despite his head feeling like somebody is going at it with a jack hammer.Meanwhile Sarah has become ill and is being violently sick after eating a bad hot dog. Johnny takes Sarah home and then calls a taxi.Johnny’s taxi journey home is where it all goes wrong. A car driving on the wrong side of the road crashes into the taxi at speed, causing the deaths of the boy driving the car on the wrong side of the road and the taxi driver. John is propelled out of the taxi through the windshield and goes into a coma.When Johnny wakes up, he discovers that everything has changed. His body is weak, despite being exercised with physiotherapy while he was comatose. His mind has a Dead Zone, a microscopic part of his brain that has been damaged. This Dead Zone causes him not to be able to imagine certain things and is perhaps also causing his new found ability to see people’s past and future by touching them.John’s father seems to have dramatically aged much more than the 4 years that has passed. His mother who was always a religious woman, has become fervent religionist. Sarah is now married to another man and has a child.As Johnny works hard to recover and rebuild his life. As he does so, he makes some startlingly accurate predictions including: finding the location of his Doctor’s lost mother, preventing a fire from becoming serious in his Physiotherapists house, telling Sarah where her lost wedding ring is, identifying a serial murderer and predicting a serious fire caused by lightening. Johnny soon makes news with his predictions and rides out the media storms the best he can.Johnny doesn’t really want any of this. He just wants a normal life and more importantly the normal life the car accident robbed him of. But he knows that this is not possible. Too much has changed.Johnny does various bits of work and creates a little hobby of shaking politician’s hands to see the future of election results. That is until he shake that hand of Greg Stillson. John sees Stillson becoming President and what a dangerous one he’ll be.John becomes obsessed with Stillson and starts getting head-splitting headaches. John finds himself debating whether he would kill Hitler if time travel was possible. He decides that he would and that the same action needs to be taken to prevent Stillson from ever becoming President.Every element of The Dead Zone was excellent and enjoyable. The description pulls the reader into the story from the beginning and until the end. The characters were charming, cunning and crafty. Johnny was particularly appealing and interesting, with the reader feeling for and relating to this character from the start of the book.The plot was intriguing, fascinating and full of unpredictable, but perfectly pleasant twists and turns. The pacing was perfect at all times and felt like a car with cruise control doing 70MPH on the motorway.The only tiny criticism of The Dead Zone was John’s name. John Smith. The story makes clear from the outset that John is an average guy, who happens to have something that’s both bad and brilliant happen to him. So using such a common place name to represent that he’s an average guy was not required. It stuck me as either lazy or uninventive on King’s behalf.The Dead Zone is without any doubt a King classic.
⭐Halfway through The Dead Zone I thought, ‘god I love this book’. Johnny had an excellent outlook after a terrible thing, and it really left you thinking about how you would handle something like that. However, it was around that point that I felt the book should have been coming to a conclusion. This is one of the few books I’ve read where the climax seems to have come in the middle of the book rather than the end. Sure the journey continues, but honestly, the second half paled in comparison to the first. As King books go, this is written in his classic style and was easy to read and follow along with. However, I really felt like it was lacking towards the end, so just 3*’s for this one.
⭐It’s only once you finish The Dead Zone that you realise it isn’t really a horror novel, although King’s willingness to get his hands dirty keeps this story as real and gripping as any of his chillers. As ever, the plot is character-driven: everyone in the story is treated as a full, human character, so even bit-part characters help to map out a colourful and engaging world for the action to take place in. There are more of King’s signature flourishes – spot-on colloquial dialogue, damages wrought by religious zeal – but there are fun accents too, as he references the work of his inspirations, most notably Ray Bradbury.King is talented and disciplined writer, and The Dead Zone gives him an ample sandbox for to draw his ideas out. It’s perhaps a little more low-key than some of his famous horrors, but it’s as compulsively readable and, by the end, as affirming as any of the greats in his oeuvre.
⭐My first King novel. And not a bad start, I’ve seen it written somewhere that this is his best. I spent most of the novel wanting to see how Johnny and Sarah would finally get it together – but the finale had a ring of truth, and the surprise of his underlying condition suddenly caused things to fall in place.It’s a very enjoyable read, and while it has strains of the supernatural, it’s also very believable in many ways. Highly recommended
⭐Quite a hard book to track down. I’m glad I made the effort. The plot is tight and fast moving, especially in the second half of the book. The main character is believable and likeable. The plot is more relevant in today’s political climate than it was when it was written almost four decades ago.
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