Publisher: Scribner Publishing
Wendy’s Review: 4 Skulls – B
I have 9 Stephen King books under my belt now, but I still generally consider myself a newbie. What I can say is that I think I’ve read a pretty decent mix of old books and his newer books. I can also say that I have the benefit of having read that mix all in the last 4 years or so. I hear a lot of fans saying that they prefer his old stuff and that they haven’t liked many of his new books. I wonder, is that because they’ve changed since they read those old books for the first time and it’s not because King’s writing has changed much? I can sincerely say that of those 9 King books I’ve read my most favorite were IT, which was written in 1986, and Joyland, written in 2013. I feel like that is a good example of where I stand, in my admittedly limited experience.
With that said, Revival was good. I absolutely loved 90% of this book. I think, with the exception of Joyland, this was the fastest I ever completed a Stephen King book. I definitely didn’t have any problems staying invested in this story. I loved the characters, and I loved the plot. I think that King took on a topic that I personally love to discuss and he wasn’t afraid to go to a controversial place and I think that is partly what the readers have found so terrifying. I won’t go into it, but it was definitely intriguing and scary. And while I’m at it I want to just say that I really cared about Charles Jacobs. I had a really hard time with the story because mostly I was just so sad for him. And I think that how his congregation reacts was a good representation of a good majority of human minds. I was really sad.
I had a revelation. Religion is the theological equivalent of a quick-buck insurance scam, where you pay in your premium year after year, and then, when you need the benefits you paid for so — pardon the pun — so religiously, you discover the company that took your money does not, in fact, exist. -Charles Jacobs, Terrible Sermon
The last thing I want to say before I end this review is that the reason that Revival is only a 4 star review is only because, for me personally, King tends to go one step too far in some of his books. I can’t say too much without giving something important away, but I was all in and excited about where the book was going and then I got to a specific spot and I just went ‘huh?’ with a quizzical expression on my face. That would be the 10% that I’m not sure I was too fond of.
So, if you’re a fan of Stephen King and you enjoy a controversial plot there’s a good chance that you’ll like Revival. I haven’t read a non-biased review yet that was under 4 stars.
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