“Quite an interesting book. At first the story says absolutely nothing on what's about to happen, you only know that there are a bunch of guys who, for some reason, are taking part of what seems to be a competition. They start walking. You don't know where they're going, you don't know how much time it's going to last, you don't know the reason why they're doing this. You just know that they have to keep walking following a certain minimum speed. As the story goes, you get to know several of these participants (unfortunately or not, most of them are more like background characters rather than significant ones) and their motivations. Some of them are left behind. Then, the competition takes a different level. Despair and insanity takes over everyone's minds slowly as the walkers struggle to overcome the poor survival conditions and the sleep deprivation.
What I thought it was interesting about this book is how people exposed to a common goal may become emotionally attached even if they are rivals. During the few days that they get to know each other, some of them end up becoming real friends. I liked the way Stephen King explored these bonds without turning the story into something too boring or too sappy. On the other hand, it still seems that some aspects could have been explained more thoroughly, like the "official rules" of the Long Walk.
But it was a pretty good book. Don't be disheartened by the fact that all people do in this book is walk endlessly. There are actually a couple of interesting surprises during the story.”
“A Stephen King I didn't know about...”Teresa Johnson wrote this review Wednesday, January 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great idea for a story.”David S wrote this review Tuesday, December 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked it, but it became tediouws at times. I understood the concept at the beginning, but became bored as it was repeated numerous times. Certainly good, but I wasn't going out of my mind at the end looking for the climax.”Shaun Webb wrote this review Sunday, November 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Takes your breath till the very end.”Kataranah wrote this review Sunday, October 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One hundred teenage boys participate in an annual walking contest called "The Long Walk," which is the "national sport". Each Walker must maintain a speed of at least four miles per hour; if he drops below that speed for 30 seconds, he receives a verbal warning, but if a Walker with three warnings slows down again, he is "ticketed." The meaning of this term is intentionally kept vague at first, but it soon becomes clear that "buying a ticket" means to be shot dead by soldiers riding in half-tracks along the roadside.The is a interesting book.”DJHAC wrote this review Tuesday, October 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this story when it was under his name "Richard Bachman". It such a simple setting but held a lot of terror and anxiety. Loved it.”Deanna Hill wrote this review Wednesday, September 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book, however I would not recommend it to anyone younger than myself. It is very detailed and kind of scary. ”Kalen wrote this review Monday, September 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a great book i couldn't put it down. It had a few controversial things in it though. ”Rachel wrote this review Monday, September 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No