Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released.
This week I can’t wait forSleeping Beauties by Stephen King, Owen King
Published by Scribner on September 26th, 2017
In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.
Why I’m Waiting
Stephen King is an author I’ve read off and on for several years. He is a master storyteller and I’m interested to see what his son, Owen King brings to the table. What draws me towards Sleeping Beauties is the idea of the plot, “what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?” It reminds me of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and is a very intriguing topic.