Book: The Long Walk
Author: Stephen King
This is my 80th read for the year
This is the story of Ray Garraty. He and 99 other young men are about to start an annual stamina test called "The Long Walk". The boys cannot go slower than 4 miles and hour and cannot stop for any reason - not even to sleep. If they stop, they get a warning. 3 warnings and they are shot on the spot. The winner - and there can only be one - gets whatever he wants for the rest of his life. There is no finish line - it is whomever is the last one standing.
This book was just okay. I honestly do not understand the 5 star reviews, but to each their own. I am a huge King fan, but this one was a miss for me. It was a lot of rambling and then it just.....ended. All this build up - 300 pages of these young men walking and nothing really getting explained as to WHY they chose to participate - just so I could see who the winner was AND what he was going to claim for his prize. Maybe see into the future a bit on how the walk affected our main character, etc. Kind of like Hunger Games. Where the games was just the beginning. That was not true in this book. The last page was such a let down.
This is a King I would skip.