Reviewed by Caroline Genius
There’s no such thing as a happy ending –at least not for Stephen King. In the dramatic story Sleeping Beauties, reminiscent of the tale of Sleeping Beauty, an illness has rendered all women into a horrifying zombie-like state. To protect them, they are put into a sleep, and men rush to find a cure.
The disease, aptly titled Aurora, is spreading to all of the women in the fictional town of Dooling. The sheriff, Lila, and her husband, Clint, must try to keep the town under control. However, as Lila falls ill, new management comes into her position and is not as helpful as Lila was. The horror begins to kick in as the new sheriff tries questionable methods of stopping the disease.
I loved reading Sleeping Beauties. Stephen King fans will love this collaboration with his son, Owen King, one which retains all the horror of his other works. This is for mature readers, and a higher reading level. I recommend this to high school level and higher.
Caroline was a junior in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. She enjoys dancing, singing, and biology.
Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.