Sunday, May 24, 2015

Read All About It: Revival by Stephen King


All hail the King. Haha. My favorite author strikes again! But before I get to my review, here is a synopsis from Goodreads: 

"In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs -- including Jamie's mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family's horrific loss. In his mid-thirties -- addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate -- Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written."

Stephen King is a master storyteller. Truly. The way he depicts the emotional journeys of his characters just draws you in and mesmerizes you. Reverend Jacobs at the beginning of the book becomes almost unrecognizable by the end of the book. He has become someone else entirely. One could argue that the tragedy he suffered was at the root of it all, but I suspect that there was always something dark lurking within him. 

But Jamie was my favorite character. We get to see him grow from the 6 year old boy who is enthralled by Reverend Jacobs to the adult who is equal parts drawn to and repulsed by the Reverend. 

I don't want to give too much away as that would spoil a lot of the book, but Reverend Jacobs' fascination with electricity and lightning plays a huge part in the entire book. [For some reason, I keep hearing the song "Electric Slide" playing in my head right now, haha!] 

The book seems to be building up to this climax of hope - hope that things will turn out OK, hope that redemption will be found, revenge will be exacted, but in true King fashion, things don't always turn out the way we think they will! 

If you love Stephen King, or just thrillers in general, definitely give "Revival" a read. 

Have you read Revival? What are you reading right now? 

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  1. I did not get to read this one for book club and I wanted too so badly! It's sitting on my bookshelf. I also have 'Misery' that I really want to read. My first SK book was 'Joyland' and it wasn't what I thought it would be. SK is known for the scary good stuff and that's what I wanted. 'Revival' doesn't seem horror, but it defintely sounds more along the lines of what I was looking for when I delved into SK for the first time. I'm super excited to read it. It's definitely a summer book of mine!

  2. Revival sounds gooood! I wouldn't expect anything less from The King though. :)
    Have you read On Writing? I loved that book, I felt like I was learning all of Stephen's (because we're homies) writing secrets. I should read it again.
    Thanks for the review! Adding Revival to my growing list. ;)

  3. Revival isn't a standard "horror" book, but it will definitely give you the heebie-jeebies!! :) Let me know what you think after you read it. :)

  4. Yessss, On Writing is one of my absolute favorites. I am going to re-read it again soon. :)


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