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Desperation

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

King takes his writing to the next level.

Everything seems normal for the various people travelling through Nevada on the U.S. 50, that is, until a cop with strange eyes pulls each of them over for no apparent reason. Mysteriously, each of the novelâ⿬⿢s characters are charged and arrested for crimes that t...
Everything seems normal for the various people travelling through Nevada on the U.S. 50, that is, until a cop with strange eyes pulls each of them over for no apparent reason. Mysteriously, each of the novelâ⿬⿢s characters are charged and arrested for crimes that they are almost certain they did not commit. One individual finds drugs in the back of his car and has no clue where they came from another is ushered into the back of the police car after all four of his tires were punctured by an inconveniently placed piece of police equipment. All of these individuals are taken to a small town in Desperation, Nevada, an area with a name that sets the mood for the novel. The plot takes an ugly twist almost immediately when the now erratic and seemingly insane cop kills off one individual and throws the rest into holding cells. From there, the main characters of the novel, which are surprisingly well developed, despite the large amount of them, try to break out of the copâ⿬⿢s prison (complete with a guard wolf), and escape from the twisted and plagued town which prays upon the fears and weaknesses of each individual, undermining their every move in an attempt to supply hosts for a greater, primal entity. While it may seem that Kingâ⿬⿢s novel is a bit out there and much too unbelievable to contain anything beside a fun read, this is not so. In fact, one of Desperationâ⿬⿢s most appealing factors is its in-depth analysis of the human psyche, which, as a real world application, presents a satisfying contrast to the novelâ⿬⿢s fantastical (Although I stress that it is darker and more twisted than the typical fantasy tales) plot. Combine such an intriguing, thought provoking story with Stephen Kingâ⿬⿢s writing, which describes every horrible moment of the novel in such a way that the reader can picture the scene perfectly. Desperation is the only book that I have ever read which was able, through such descriptive writing and a captivating, yet revolting (in a good way), tale, to make me paranoid for a while after putting it down at night. Thus, I give Desperation a full five star rating and label it as one of my favorite books.

posted by Anonymous on August 25, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

<3 it

I got up the courage to borrow this from the library because i had heard about stephen king and wanted try him out. I had a hell of a time trying to hide this book from my parents because of how big it was but i thought it was worth it. The villain seriously gave me nig...
I got up the courage to borrow this from the library because i had heard about stephen king and wanted try him out. I had a hell of a time trying to hide this book from my parents because of how big it was but i thought it was worth it. The villain seriously gave me nightmares and i couldnt sleep with my closet open. It was awesome. If u like to be scared read this at night alone. I thought that the story was really good. A lot of swearing though but not a big deal after a while. This book got me hooked on king. He is da bomb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2002

    Awful!

    A pointless combination of gore, profanity and obsession with sex. Don't waste your time, let alone your mon

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