I'd heard a lot of good things about this book, but, not being a King fan, never bothered to give it a try. However, I came across a couple of issues of the recent Marvel comics series and was instantly intrigued, so I decided to skip the rest of comics and go straight to the "uncut and unabridged" prose version.
It started out awesome. King established and laid out his characters with a detail that's never seen in today's literature. The story felt somewhat like The Walking Dead
meets The Lord Of The Rings
- how could you NOT love that? The Conspiracy, The Plague
, The Nightmare Fuel
, The Big Bad
, I enjoyed all of it. Nick Andros was my favourite.
And then the endless God-praising fatalistic bullshit started. Follow God. Don't Question God. Trust In God. God's Plan. The Will Of God. The Hand Of God. (at least LOTR was set in a magical
world...here, there isn't even any "Destiny" veil: it's basically, "Mother Abagail says God wants you to do that so go do this." Kind of a dumb way to move the plot forward - especially considering the ending). Then
, Nick being my favourite character
, of course
King went and Dropped A Bridge On Him
. I see on the main page that this was caused by Chandlers Law
and I'm not surprised. All right, did we at least get an Ultimate Showdown Of Ultimate Destiny
? Nope. The bad guy was Hoist By His Own Petard
and got blown up by a nuke (actually, he wasn't, so we didn't even get that
.) Not only did the entire thing come off as a Shaggy Dog Story
, IMO the Pinball Protagonist
trope stands - they didn't do a damn thing.
All in all, the book's first half was awesomely entertaining, then it middled to a very slow pace during the meet-up with Mother Abagail and the establishment of the BFZ, and then rolled and tumbled headfirst into a very hurried, Because Destiny Says So
ending that didn't make much sense and left a bad aftertaste behind.