Sleeping Beauties: A Novel by Stephen KingSleeping Beauties: A Novel by Stephen King

Sleeping Beauties: A Novel

byStephen King, Owen King

Hardcover | September 26, 2017

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In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.
Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Aud...
Title:Sleeping Beauties: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:720 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 2.1 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.12 × 2.1 inPublished:September 26, 2017Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:150116340X

ISBN - 13:9781501163401


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not terrible Not stellar King but may be his son's input (new author still finding his voice?). Really lags at times.
Date published: 2018-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not his best I just finished reading this book and I was a bit disappointed. I've read many Stephen King books which I loved but I can definitely say that, to my opinion, this latest one is not his best. I was interested in the plot as soon as I hear of it, but like it was stated in a previous review, it was a bit slow at times and the whole story around Evie ends rather suddenly, leaving one with the sense that something is missing...
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising I didn't think that I would like this book but it was s a pleasant surprise. The only thing is that the story could have been at least 300 pages longer, especially concerning Evie.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big King Fan Excellent book, I am a huge Stephen King fan and loved this book written by him and his son. An interesting plot with poignant meaning in today's atmosphere
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! It was an entertaining and creepy story. Some parts were a little slow and drawn out , but overall it was very good. I liked the main premise of the story as well as the many characters.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy This is a true creepy Stephen King novel. It kind of reminded me a little bit of The Stand for some reason, which is not at all a bad thing. In this novel, which i'm not really sure how much of it was written by his son Owen King, the women fall asleep and a weird cocoon covers their faces and bodies. This was a fantastic read, total page turner.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Not his best. Characters and story/idea are still good (it's SK after all) but I thought the novel was trying to hard to make a point. Seemed a bit like forcing an opinion too? Maybe it's just me but I prefer to not have that in fiction novels. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Could barely put this down for a break! LOVE everything Mr King offers!!
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Found this book rather enjoyable, pleasure to read.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Father Son Duo Fantastic book, I have lived in fear of a time when Stephen would hang up his quill but am very happy to discover his literary talent will continue on!
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow What a amazing Read. It was a great book to start conversation with people.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall a fantastic innovative read A very great story. How does King come up with these? Some slow points but very exciting to read through. The mystery of understanding how the story ends did not bother me like most unexplained endings. Was a slow ride at some times, but quick in others (where I even read 300 pages in one setting!). Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too Overthought I just feel that because there are two great minds who write this novel, King and his son, there is too much to the plot that it just becomes very tiring to read.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok The plot line sounded amazing but it just didn’t go anywhere that interesting. There were a lot of slow parts and the ending was quite disappointing.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fell Flat I was not a huge fan of this book, it took some time to get through and usually with King's books I can not put them down. The concept was good but in my opinion not executed well. It had potential but I felt it fell flat.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Long! The kernel of a world without women was awesome and the book started that way. By the middle and the end, momentum was lost in a massive cast of characters and a disappointing finale. Okay but not the greatest that Stephen King has co-written.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty cool The idea of this was soooo cool and the way it was written was pretty interesting, not my favourite of his but still very very good
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from King at his best Sleeping Beauties falls into the Stephen King subgenre (like Under the Dome or Needful Things) of watching a town tear itself apart after a bit of supernatural intervention. I've enjoyed his other books like this, and Sleeping Beauties is no exception. Its entertaining, and frightening, as the Kings tell the tale of Dooling crumbling as all the women start to fall asleep and be encased in cocoons. And the ensuing mayhem when the men try to fix the problems. I found the women's 'dreamworld' to be disappointing. It was good to see what the women were experiencing but there were no stakes to the plot there.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stephen King at his best, with a little something else. This is filled with the kind of darkly lyrical prose we expect from old school Stephen King, but although it has his usual slowly paced build to a clamatic finish, it is a little more hopeful in the end. Well worth the reading.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked this book Loads of characters and great plot. SK and OK created a great read with lots to discuss. We are using this book as a book club read for discussion.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Excellent writing, but.... Way too long! To many characters to not give a poop about and not one protagonist to cheer for. Entire book comes across as a sounding board for the King's political views. With all that is going on in the world and media drowning themselves in it. i'm not looking for political views in a fictional book. I'm looking to escape that poop.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like father, like son Both such incredible writers. Genius!
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read - lots of Characters. I bought this for my kindle. I love the concept of the book but i did find it tough to keep track of the characters. There is sooo many characters i could have done with out. I really love Stephen King and this book is no short fall. Great read :)
Date published: 2018-01-05
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius King is an absolute genius. Another great read.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Put It Down Got this book when I went to see Stephen and his son Owen in Toronto during the book tour. Got home and read it in 2 days. Would have read it straight through but life has to happen. Thought it was amazing. Happy to add it to my collection.
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting premise I think this delivered on a unique idea for a Stephen King novel. Give it a try - worth the read.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I WAS INTRIGUED this book is quite enticing and intriguing. i really enjoyed reading it!!! the world in this novel is creepy and strange but i love how there was adventure around every corner
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent collaboration! I really enjoyed this book. An excellent collaboration of Stephen and Owen's writings. This is a highly recommended novel.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Potential Reality I really enjoyed this. The story of what might happen if the men and women were separated, what would those worlds look like? Really entertaining and there's a lot of commentary on society for sure. The thing keeping it from a 5/5 is that it might be a little too long, and has a few too many characters. Overall, a really entertaining story.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An OK read I'm an avid King reader and collector of his work. I had higher expectations for this book, especially the ending, but overall still a good read with a plot that for the majority of the time moved along well. This book was my first read of Owen King and I am definitely wanting to read his independent work to get a better feel for his individual writing style without his father's collaborations and contributions, as I was pleasantly surprised when I read work from his brother, Joe Hill. my only complaint is the ending of the book, I won't spoil any plot details, I'll just say that I wish it was a stronger finish right to the end, but I can't base my first impression of Owen's work on this book, I will definitely be looking for more of his work before coming to any more opinionated conclusions, who knows, I may end up with a King Family book collection on my hands before too long.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great They've both written better in the past..this wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What if.... I'm a long time Stephen King fan, having read everything he's ever written. His sons, Owen King and Joe Hill are also talented writers. Sleeping Beauties is a joint effort between father and son Owen. Sleeping Beauties is set in a small Appalachian town where the biggest employer is the women's prison. I love the weirdness that creeps into King's small towns. This one is no exception. As the women of the town start falling asleep, they become covered by white, gauzy tendrils. And once they're asleep and covered, well, they don't wake up. If the covering is torn away - let's just say it's not good for the men. There's one woman who has no trouble waking and sleeping with no ill effects. Who is the mysterious Evie? As more and more women fall asleep, the men begin to panic....are they ready for a world with no women? On the one hand, Sleeping Beauties is a classic King horror tale. Taking something as innocuous as falling asleep and running with it. I love King's sideways view of the world and the pockets of unreality he imagines. But you could also look at the book with a different eye as well - in a social commentary sense if you will. Women's rights, the abuse of those rights, sexism, violence and more. There's also a snake in a tree and a woman called Evie.......'nuff said. There's a choice to be made by the women in the book. (Yep, including the sleepers) I chose to listen to Sleeping Beauties. I've often said that listening to a book immerses me more fully in the story than reading. This was definitely the case for Sleeping Beauties. The performer (because she did more than narrate!) was Marin Ireland - and she was fantastic! She has a bold voice, easy to listen to and so very, very expressive. There are many characters in this novel and she created numerous voices, accents, tones and cadences to illustrate them. Her interpretation of the book was spot on. How much of the book is Steven and how much is Owen? You know, it's not something I ever tried to discern. Instead, I happily popped in my earbuds for twenty five hours of what if...... and enjoyed every moment of it.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just ok I am a huge fan of Stephen King and have read most of his novels. This one was just ok. You're better off taking it out at the library or not at all. Save your $, it's not worth adding to the collection.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Freaky As someone who hasn't read a ton of Stephen King, or horror novels in general, I thought this was really good!
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok didn't end up where I thought it would
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from On the fence Not great but not bad either....................seems it might have been better had it been shorter.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dull and slow. A disappointment. I have read most of Stephen King’s books since the mid 1970s, when The Stand made me a King believer. This is one of the very few of his novels that I found truly disappointing. The plot is not a great one; it failed to capture my imagination at any point. There are way too many characters and it is very hard to care about most. Worst is the plodding, tedious pace of the book. Half way through this monster of a book I was skimming pages of seemingly irrelevant dialogue. I could not finish the book was so bored The feel of this book is unlike any other SK book I have read. It did not make me smile or amaze me for his ability to turn a phrase. Maybe it is the influence of his son. Too bad. This book does not hold a candle to The Stand, Salem’s Lot, It, Joyland or 11-22-63.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive! I may be a little bit biased since Stephen King is my favourite author of all time. But I was a little nervous about this book being a collab with his son Owen since I had never read any of his work prior to this one. I must say though, I was thoroughly impressed. Stephen and Owen were a dynamic duo for sure!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SO SCARY I believe this is the most scary novel that I have ever read. Be patient, give it a chance, you wont regret it, especially at the end!
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ignore the bad's good. I actually quite enjoyed this one. I'm not saying it wasn't without its flaws (really, how many books can you not say that about?), but overall, it gave me what I wanted. So, let's talk the flaws first, okay? As per usual with most King novels, it's a touch bloated, but the bloat is front-loaded here. You get through part one, and then it picks up steam and gets rolling. So, yes, some trimming could be in order, but the book pays off if you stick with it. ...and that, for me, is the major flaw of this book. I also have some quibbles. I would have loved to have seen it tied to the King universe, but, unless I missed a character reference, I didn't see one. Just one little head nod to Joe Hill, and that was just a namecheck. The Appalachian setting threw me off a bit, but as they state toward the end of the audiobook, Maine has had more than its fair share, and this was neutral ground for both authors, so I can respect that. Some said there were too many characters and that they were hard to tell apart. I say you weren't paying attention. Some said it was too like Under The Dome etc. Well...yeah, in the fact that it centred on a small town going through a major calamity? Yes. Funny how they play out, huh? But really, no, it's not Under The Dome. In fact, I'd say this one worked better, to be honest. Some said King's pushing his politics too much here. Okay, first off, there's two Kings, not one, and second...but come on, this is a story where all the women essentially go away. Did you really not expect a bit of a message in this one? Really? But the message, at least to this old white guy's ears, rang true. While there will always be exceptions to the rule, women are the nurturers, women are the peacemakers. Men are, really and truly, very often the ones that play the jerk. Again, yes, yes, exceptions. But it felt pretty accurate to me. And I also read complaints about the tiger. All I'll say is, think long and hard, and look at what other animal shows up, and I think you can figure out what that's all about. Finally, for me, the thing that just made the book? Eve Black. She was, as far as I'm concerned, the anti-Randall Flagg. His polar opposite. I fell in love with her in this novel. So, don't believe all the "this is King's worst book ever" crap—because we all know that title belongs to The Tommyknockers, don't we? —and read the damn book. Yes, it's going to be a touch different, because Cousin Owen is a part of it. But so is Uncle Stevie, so it's just fine.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love Terrific plot bu some parts of the book are slow, more towards the middle, but towards the ending is where the book picked up. overall very good
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from mediocre some great ideas in this book but feels like this should not have been the final edit. lots of missed potential
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no It's not especially well-written and basically serves as millennial bait.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such a wonderful addition to any book collection. So beautifully written and inspiring!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Overall, this book could have used some work but the general atmosphere was very gripping, and the character development was great!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVEEEEE I've only started this book but i am totally in love with it, once i start reading i dont want to put it down, i've even fallen asleep well reading. Really happy i got this for my birthday!!!!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok A good plot with some slow spots, but overall a good read.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok A good plot with some slow spots, but overall a good read.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love stephen king Amazing novel! I loved it!
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting plot seems interesting. i've never read stephen king before, maybe i'll try this one out
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Amazingly eerie novel! I loved it!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow I have never been a fan of Stephen King, I have a hard time getting through his books, but this one.... I loved it, very scary and so worth the read!
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Good Kind of Creepy A very creepy and intense story. Fantastic addition to Stephen King's legendary collection!
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Didn't love the ending but this was still enjoyable
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved itt creepy as always. excellent read but weak ending
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good creepy as always. excellent read but weak ending
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Great read - didn't know what to expect but loved it! I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so excited!! I can't begin to describe how much I am looking forward to this novel! 2 Kings! YES!
Date published: 2017-03-28

Editorial Reviews

“The novel provides enough action, thrills and humor to keep readers burning the midnight oil....There’s comfort to be found in tales such as this... Sleeping Beauties is a well-tooled horror thriller, a worthy venture from a productive family business.” —San Francisco Chronicle