Elevation- Stephen King review

The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

From Stephen King, our “most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work” ( The Guardian), Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

About Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His first crime thriller featuring Bill Hodges, MR MERCEDES, won the Edgar Award for best novel and was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. Both MR MERCEDES and END OF WATCH received the Goodreads Choice Award for the Best Mystery and Thriller of 2014 and 2016 respectively.

King co-wrote the bestselling novel Sleeping Beauties with his son Owen King, and many of King’s books have been turned into celebrated films and television series including The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald’s Game and It.

King was the recipient of America’s prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.

My Thoughts

This is not the usual horror masterpiece of Stephen King. As matter of fact there is no Horror in it at all. This book is about friendship, acceptance and love with a little twist of weird of course after all is a Stephen King book. Is short and sweet and beautiful but I don’t believe it lives up to the hyped. I felt cheated at the end. I wanted more, left me with many questions..I know a lot of people loved it, I thought is was a fast paced okay book.

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookstacks

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16 thoughts on “Elevation- Stephen King review

  1. I remember discovering several years ago that Stephen King used pen names before for different genres and possibly for this very reason. Readers grow to expect a certain type of story and are disappointed when an author does something different. Both sides of that issue are totally understandable when you stop to think about it.

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    1. I’m not disappointed of the type of story per say. It was a beautiful story but it was too short. I feel like I need it more, a better understanding of it. It went by too fast and left me wondering 🤔

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  2. I have yet to read any Stephen King books. I’m not a fan of horror generally speaking. That said, I keep meaning to try out his books. The man is a legend after all. Maybe I’d get on better with this book as opposed to his usual stuff. I want to see if he is worth the hype. He’s certainly a prolific writer.

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  3. I agree with your comments. I felt it was too short and left me with me lot of questions. I did love the characters in the short time. But I doubt if I would have given it a try, if it had a different name other than Stephen King.

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