What. In. the. Alien. Sci-fi. Heck. Did. I. Just. Read.
I honestly don’t even know what to say about this book, other than it was a really interesting read. I enjoyed it very much. Stephen King was able to completely blow my mind in 146 pages. The first book I read my Stephen King was Cell, and it wasn’t really enjoyable for me. It was too weird, and I don’t think I understood it. I pushed myself to finish it because I absolutely hate not finishing books. This one, however, made me want to keep reading and not put it down. The mystery and the sci-fi, crazy affliction that the main character is suffering from is just strange. And I like strange.
Scott Carey is a 42-year-old man that is experiencing constant weight loss. But, he isn’t decreasing in size or muscle mass. When he weighs himself on the scale holding hand weights, he weighs the exact same as he does without them. He confides in a retired doctor that he considers a friend because he doesn’t want to become an experiment. In the meantime, he is having problems with a neighbor and that is weighing on his mind. The neighbor, Deirdre and her wife – Missy, are lesbians and the small town the live in aren’t accepting of their lifestyle. The own a local business, and Scott instantly feels a connection to these women. While living with his secret affliction, he is trying to make things right for his neighbors because he understands what it means to be different.
One thing I enjoyed about this book was the way that Stephen King tackles social issues. He brought the homophobic atmosphere of this small-town community to the forefront of the novel and really showed the prejudice that same-sex couples face. Scott recognizes that the challenges that these women are dealing with because he is facing his own personal issues that no one else would understand.The prejudice in their town is costing the couple’s business money, and he overcomes his own personal matters aside to help them integrate into the community.
TBH, I feel like the characters in this book are a little flat. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed this book, but I think that had it been more than 146 pages these characters could really come to life. Their histories and backstories were mentioned and discussed, but I didn’t feel like it gave enough information that could make them dynamic characters. Even Scott seemed to be a little flat. I WISH I KNEW MORE ABOUT HIM!
I realllllllyyyyy wish this book was longer. I feel like so much more could have been said and done that could have truly made this story remarkable; however, the fact that I felt satisfied in just 146 pages is still pretty incredible. I don’t think this book included any useless details since it was so short. Everything kind of had a purpose for being in the book. Except for Scott being divorced… I get that it gives his character a certain dynamic, but I feel that it should have been a more significant detail if it was going to be mentioned. I don’t know. That’s just me, personally. I always feel like everything detail should serve some purposed.
I love books that I honestly have no clue what’s going on. That was how I felt with this book. Scott kept describing how he felt and what was happening, but I couldn’t figure it out. Ultimately, the ending was like a huge “duh” sized slap in the face. But THAT ENDINGGGGG. What. In. the. Alien. Scifi. Heck. Is. This. That’s all I’m going to say about that without giving away any spoilers.
I am really interested to know what people think about this book. If you’ve read it, let me know if you thought the ending was weird af.