The Waste Lands (Dark Tower Series #3)

The Waste Lands (Dark Tower Series #3)

by Stephen King

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The Waste Lands (Dark Tower Series #3) by Stephen King

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

The third volume in the #1 nationally bestselling Dark Tower Series, involving the enigmatic Roland (the last gunfighter) and his ongoing quest for the Dark Tower, is “Stephen King at his best” (School Library Journal).

Several months have passed since The Drawing of the Three, and in The Waste Lands, Roland’s two new tet-mates have become trained gunslingers. Eddie Dean has given up heroin, and Odetta’s two selves have joined, becoming the stronger and more balanced personality of Susannah Dean. But Roland altered ka by saving the life of Jake Chambers, a boy who—in Roland’s world—has already died. Now Roland and Jake exist in different worlds, but they are joined by the same madness: the paradox of double memories. Roland, Susannah, and Eddie must draw Jake into Mid-World and then follow the Path of the Beam all the way to the Dark Tower. There are new evils…new dangers to threaten Roland’s little band in the devastated city of Lud and the surrounding wastelands, as well as horrific confrontations with Blaine the Mono, the piratical Gasher, and the frightening Tick-Tock Man.

The Dark Tower Series continues to show Stephen King as a master of his craft. What lands, what peoples has he visited that are so unreachable to us except in the pages of his incredible books? Now Roland’s strange odyssey continues. The Waste Lands follows The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three as the third volume in what may be the most extraordinary and imaginative cycle of tales in the English language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501143540
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Series: Dark Tower Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 74,239
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—now a Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Hometown:

Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine

Education:

B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

Read an Excerpt

38

JAKE HAD NO CLEAR memory of the time which followed, and that was probably merciful. He had left his world over a year before nine hundred people would commit suicide together in a small South American country called Guyana, but he knew about the periodic death-rushes of the lemmings, and what was happening in the disintegrating undercity of the Grays was like that.

There were explosions, some on their level but most far below them; acrid smoke occasionally drifted from the ventilator grilles, but most of the air-purifiers were still working and they whipped the worst of it away before it could gather in choking clouds. They saw no fires. Yet the Grays were reacting as if the time of the apocalypse had come. Most only fled, their faces blank O's of panic, but many had committed suicide in the halls and interconnected rooms through which the steel sphere led Roland and Jake. Some had shot themselves; many more had slashed their throats or wrists; a few appeared to have swallowed poison. On all the faces of the dead was the same expression of overmastering terror. Jake could only vaguely understand what had driven them to this. Roland had a better idea of what had happened to them-to their minds-when the long-dead city first came to life around them and then seemed to commence tearing itself apart. And it was Roland who understood that Blaine was doing it on purpose. That Blaine was driving them to it.

They ducked around a man hanging from an overhead heating-duct and pounded down a flight of steel stairs behind the floating steel ball.

"Jake!" Roland shouted. "You never let me in at all, did you?"

Jake shook his head.

"I didn't think so. It was Blaine."

They reached the bottom of the stairs and hurried along a narrow corridor toward a hatch with the words ABSOLUTELY NO ADMITTANCE printed on it in the spiked letters of the High Speech.

"Is it Blaine?" Jake asked.

"Yes-that's as good a name as any."

"What about the other v-"

"Hush!" Roland said grimly.

The steel ball paused in front of the hatchway. The wheel spun and the hatch popped ajar. Roland pulled it open, and they stepped into a huge underground room which stretched away in three directions as far as they could see. It was filled with seemingly endless aisles of control panels and electronic equipment. Most of the panels were still dark and dead, but as Jake and Roland stood inside the door, looking about with wide eyes, they could see pilot-lights coming on and hear machinery cycling up.

"The Tick-Tock Man said there were thousands of computers," Jake said. "I guess he was right. My God, look!"

Roland did not understand the word Jake had used and so said nothing. He only watched as row after row of panels lit up. A cloud of sparks and a momentary tongue of green fire jumped from one of the consoles as some ancient piece of equipment malfunctioned.

Most of the machinery, however, appeared to be up and running just fine. Needles which hadn't moved

IF ONE OF YOU TELLS A RIDDLE I CANNOT SOLVE, I WILL SPARE YOUR LIVES AND TAKE YOU TO TOPEKA, WHERE YOU WILL LEAVE THE MONO AND CONTINUE YOUR QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER. HAVE I UNDERSTOOD THE TERMS AND LIMITS OF YOUR PROPOSAL CORRECTLY, ROLAND, SON OF STEVEN?"

"Yes."

"VERY WELL, ROLAND OF GILEAD.

"VERY WELL, EDDIE OF NEW YORK.

"VERY WELL, SUSANNAH OF NEW YORK.

"VERY WELL, JAKE OF NEW YORK.

"VERY WELL, OY OF MID-WORLD."

Oy looked up briefly at the sound of his name.

"YOU ARE KA-TET; ONE MADE FROM MANY. SO AM I. WHOSE KA-TET IS THE STRONGER IS SOMETHING WE MUST NOW PROVE."

There was a moment of silence, broken only by the steady hard throb of the slo-trans turbines, bearing them on across the waste lands, bearing them on toward Topeka, the place where Mid-World ended and End-World began.

"SO," cried the voice of Blaine. "CAST YOUR NETS, WANDERERS! TRY ME WITH YOUR QUESTIONS, AND LET THE CONTEST BEGIN."

—from The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III by Stephen King, copyright © 1991, 2003 Stephen King, published by Viking Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., all rights reserved, reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Waste Lands 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 508 reviews.
JUSTIN Roberts More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book but the digital copy could be better edited by a 7th grade child. Very poor copy.
Jon Pearson More than 1 year ago
Just to clear up a few things. Yes, there are some typographical mistakes in this book, but it's not bad at all (and that sort of thing bothers me). There's all of perhaps 5-10 misspellings throughout the entire book along side a handfull of inappropriate periods. The misspellings are simple too; things like "tne" instead of "the", or "uncomfortabte" instead of "uncomfortable". Yes, there are a few errors in the editing; but nothing that will distract you from the story. As for the story itself; I found the first portion to be a little slow; but the entire 2nd half was truly a great read. From the moment with the mansion forward, it was not one I wanted to stop reading. Don't skip this one just because of a few people complaining about a lack of 'perfect' formatting. It's really not bad at all.
tia1106 More than 1 year ago
About 100 pages are missing from the ebook version (the last 20 chapters of Part V). Really annoying to have to pick up the paper version in order to get caught up! This is why I have a nook! If this wasn't re-read of the series, I would have just been confused as to how Jake reappears from nowhere. Product problems aside, another great book in my favorite series of all time.
Reader4Lyf More than 1 year ago
This book is missing a few chapters in my download so be aware. It is missing the chapters between where Eddie and Susannah are heading to Blaine and the four of them actually get on the train. The chapters missing include Jake and the tick tock man and Blaine's introduction to Eddie and Sussannah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, but the editing is terrible. There are periods in the middle of sentences, and misspelled words aplenty. I find this very distracting while reading. I am disappointed that someone in the editing department could overlook all of these mistakes. I am planning on getting in touch with the publisher about this issue. If you don't mind being distracted with unnecessary punctuation and trying to decipher words, then I would recommend this edition. But if you're like me, it will just frustrate the heck out of you.
Lou Fisher More than 1 year ago
this the third in the darktower series gets you to a more comfortable place with roland the gunslinger who is quickly becoming not the last of his kind, as the story unfolds, you find yourself drawn towards the trio and the quest, getting involed in thier lives, loves and never ending dangers! it makes me want the next book more and more, even if this is not the first, second or third time reading it, the feeling is just as intense now as it was the first read some twenty plus years ago, just a awesome tale!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
CarisaTX More than 1 year ago
I've been a Stephen King fan for years but have never really been interested in the gunslinger series. My husband has read all 7 books and has wanted me to read them... So, I started at the beginning, of course, with The Gunslinger. That one is a bit slow, but The Drawing of Three is very good, and The Wastelands even better! You fall in love with the characters and the action keeps you wanting to know what happens next. I am officially hooked on the Dark Tower series! You will be, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is actually my favorite put of the first three that i have read. This series is a must have for anybody 15 and older
Wines01 More than 1 year ago
I decided to re-read all the Dark Tower books, starting at the very beginning, to acquaint myself again with the story before reading the newest Dark Tower book. I'm very glad I did! The characters are so artfully woven together in only a way Stephen King can do. I am enjoying it more now than when they were first published. I HIGHLY recommend picking up the series and taking a ride along the Beam to the Dark Tower.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right now I'm reading Wolves of the Calla and I have to say that, so far, The Waste Lands is the best book in the series. It answers lots of questions (creating new ones in the process :D) so the expansion of the DT universe is almost as big as it is in Wizard And Glass. However, the best thing about the book is the thrilling first half (goose flesh guaranteed!)... The letdown is that maybe the excitement decreases in the second half... but the story it's still gripping!
Linux More than 1 year ago
The story continues to hold me captive. 66% completed The only things driving me completely mad are the random periods everywhere and the enormous amount of misspelled words. I know its not King's doing and thats the ONLY thing that has kept me from throwing my Nook and just go buy the rest of the series all over again in paperback.
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TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
Guys, I love this book. The Waste Lands is where The Dark Tower series is REALLY starting to get good. First and foremost (small spoiler, but honestly, this book is 26 years old) we get Jake back! Jake and Eddie are my favorite characters in this series, so I love his journey back to Roland’s world. Second, we get to see the city of Lud, which I think it the first real example of how Roland’s world has “moved on”. Third? BLAINE THE MONO. Blaine is my favorite villain in this series. Probably on my top ten ever. He is such fun. So where we left off in The Drawing of the Three, the trio (Roland, Eddie, Susannah) are leaving the beach with the monstrosities and entering the forest. The Waste Lands picks up on the same breath: here they are now entering the forest, where the world is crumbling. They join the path of the beam and Roland admits his reality is torn. Another cool thing about The Waste Lands? We spend increasingly more time outside of Roland’s head. While the gunslinger is interesting, it’s the multiple perspectives that make things really juicy. We got a few glimpses of this in The Drawing of the Three, but in this book we are actively split between Roland, Jake, Eddie, and Susannah. I’d say the majority of this book is shared by the boys, but Susannah gets her turn in Wolves of the Calla, so we’ll get there. Eventually it becomes clear that the cause of Roland’s faltering reality is saving the life of Jake Chambers. Jake’s reality is also torn, and we enter his mind early in the books. Of course what follows is an adventure of rescuing Jake (including a haunted house that is pure King style, and actually made it into the film? *gasp*). This is a traveling story, so we spend a decent time on the road, but there are adventures to be had on the way, and then there is Lud. Lud is the first city the ka-tet reaches, and they find themselves in the middle of a gang war of the ages… those who remember the time before, and those who don’t. Dire circumstances force them to split up, so we get two running perspectives throughout the city. It’s great, guys. Lud is raw and vile and villainous. And then there is Blaine. I won’t spoil Blaine, but he’s magnificent. Also to note: this book ends off on a heck of a cliffhanger that makes me grateful I was not one of the pained individuals who read this as a new release, because there was a five year wait between books three and four and I’d probably had died of anticipation. While you have to wait until The Waste Lands for things to REALLY get good… here’s where trudging through The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three are really worth it. And it stays this good until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read!!!
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So Good
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I am a SEVERE ”MYTHOLOGY FREAK" and the incorporation of modern ideas with modern themes is very appealing to me! I have the next book already loaded on my NOOK! ONWARD!
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Amazing
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