book review

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Publication Date: November 8, 2011

Publisher: Scribner

Pages: 849

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 5/5

11/22/63 is a character driven, time travel, historical fiction surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Ultimately though, it is a story about our protagonist, Jake, as he navigates living life in the past. King did a great job making the 50’s and early 60’s come to life and it was so easy to get immersed into this world and story. I also loved that Derry (from IT) played such an important part early in the story because it made me want to keep reading until I got firmly sucked into the other aspects of this story.

The time travel part of the book was interesting. I appreciated that King made it an integral part of the story but also let the characters and their story shine. Part of this story is very much about the characters and their day to day lives. Another huge part of the story is Jake and the past battling each other as Jake tries to change things. This part of the story was brilliant and well done. “The past harmonizes” is a theme that is present over and over in this story.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the ending of this book. King wrapped everything up in a way that really worked for me. He always blows me away with his attention to detail and imaginative ideas and this book was no exception.


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