Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (September 24, 2013)
Series: The Shining, Book 2
"On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death."
And of course, The True Knot wants Abra because she is so full of steam she could feed them forever. It's up to Dan to save her. But Abra is no helpless preteen.
Abra Stone might look like an ordinary American girl, prettier than some and brighter than most, but when you got below the surface - and not that far below, either - there was a young Viking woman with a fierce and bloodthirsty soul.
I haven't read Stephen King in a while. But when I heard there was a sequel to The Shining (the movie comes out this month) I knew I had to read it before I saw the movie. To properly compare. And critique. Ya'll know how it is.
And I had almost forgotten what an amazing storyteller he is. I've been plagued recently with a series of very put-downable books. (Yes, I made up an adjective. No, IDGAF.) Well NOT TODAY JOHNNY! This book swooped in and drug me out of my reading slump. It was sooo good. I adore the adult Dan Torrance, hopelessly flawed and followed by the ghosts of his past. And ABRA! Let me talk to you about pre-teen girls written about by adult men. As an experienced YA reader I've got to say that they usually miss the mark. But not our King. Abra is spunky, full of that young reckless immortality, and most of all, also deeply flawed. Chica has a TEMPER. And I love her.
Am I using all-caps too much? THAT'S BECAUSE I'M YELLING BECAUSE THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD.
4 stars, not as good as The Shining but I still loved it so much! Stephen King always keeps me enthralled, and this book has renewed my reading vigor. I plan to pick up his books more often this coming year.