Review of Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King:
Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and his son Owen, is a book about what would happen if suddenly all the women in the world went to sleep and couldn’t be woken up. This book takes place over the course of less than a week, but somehow spans 700 pages of an amazing story I had to force myself to put down so I could sleep. As a mother, this book pulled at my heart and made me cry. At the same time, it made me angry. This book uses fiction to talk about something that needs to be talked about more: the roles men and women play and the anger men seem to feel is justified. I’m not saying all men are abusive or angry all the time, and this book is not saying that either. Neither I nor the book are saying women are perfect. We are all human and make mistakes, but that does not make them ok. Stephen King’s writing has changed over time.
Both this book and End of Watch deal with issues that need to be talked about, but are not. He uses horror and fiction to wake up his reader to the realities of the world around us, which we seem to have become dulled to. This book is an amazing read, but a long one that slower readers may have to dedicate serious time to. However, no matter how long it takes you to read this book, you should. It is a great story and it leaves you thinking: What would happen in the world if women really did fall asleep?