Sleeping Beauties

Description from Goodreads:

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?


Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King has 720 pages and was published by Scribner in 2017.

This book is a fun, although not particularly fast read.  With over 700 pages, I’m sure that little tidbit was quite shocking.  🙂

With this novel, the two Kings have produced a well-written, fascinating story.  The premise is interesting.  Despite the lengthiness, it is a page-turner that will keep the reader motivated.  The characters are fully developed and relatable with compelling stories.  Sleeping Beauties has an element of realism while telling a completely unbelievable story.

You can’t help but wonder, “What if…?”

I would recommend this to Stephen King fans with the stipulation to keep an open mind.  Even if it is not exactly what you are expecting, it is still an amazing book.


Okay, okay.  So, first things first.  Let’s address the white elephant… er, tiger, in the room.  After reading several reviews the main complaints seem to be these:

  1.  Too long.
  2. Too Many Characters.
  3. Some inclusion of politics.
  4. Too similar to  previous (Stephen) King novels.

Okay, so well, my first reaction is to question if these people have ever read a Stephen King novel? Here is how I address each of these:

  3. SO WHAT?

Now, with that out of the way, let’s move on shall we?

When my husband first heard about this book:

Him:  “Hey, honey.  Did you know Stephen King has a new book out?”

Me:  “Sleeping Beauties?”

Him:  “Yeah, it sounds so good!”

Me:  “Oh yeah?  A world without women sounds good?”

Him:  “Uh huh, it sounds interesting…”

Me:  Stare

Him:  “You know what I mean!”  Stomps off.

I think I laughed for 10 minutes.

Onward and upward.

What I liked:

I thought the premise was great.  What an interesting idea!  All of the women on earth mysteriously fall asleep and are unable to wake up.  It is up to the men to save the world and the damsels in distress.  But, wait!  Strike that.  Turns out the women have to save themselves.

It is creepy.  I don’t particularly enjoy tons of violence and gore.  Sleeping Beauties is by no means horrifying.  Except for one particular scene that literally had me saying, “Ewwww!”  I do believe that it fits the tradition of previous King novels in that he can write a scary story without having to include lots of gruesome details.  (Not to say there is no gore at all, it’s just not overwhelming.)

Well thought out and developed characters.  As with most King novels, the reader really gets to know the characters and their motivations.

I like the Eve story line.  I find it extremely interesting.  I like the tree.  The tiger, the fox, the snake – a little weird but overall adds a fascinating contribution to the story.

I like that he wrote it with his son.  How cool is that?

What I didn’t like:

The complaints.  Ha ha.  Just kidding.

Even with my prior defensiveness, I must admit that at times the number of characters was a bit confusing.  I had to keep reminding myself who was who.

Rating:  5 Plot Monster Spiders


(As if you could give Stephen King anything but a 5 star (or spider) rating!)

Notable Quotes:

“The snake said nothing in return. Snakes do not need to justify their behavior.”
― Stephen KingOwen KingSleeping Beauties

“Mothers were naturals for law enforcement, because toddlers, like criminals, were often belligerent and destructive.”
― Stephen KingOwen King,  Sleeping Beauties

Coming Next:  Fred Wants to Play

by Janna de Lathouder

and Anne Schneider on 1/18/18.

MDW original review.  Source:  Library.


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