If you’re a big fan of families, horses, and happy endings, this book is definitely not your type. Granted, some King novels have questionable and/or happy endings, but a semi-happy ending is all this book has to offer. Someone made it out alive though, and with King, that’s a rare occurrence. It’s a nice one-time read, but I think this will ultimately be cleared off my shelf.
So Charlie, this little girl, has the power to start fires with her mind because of one of those college test groups that gives you $50 at the end. “Take this drug, and it may be a placebo, but it also may not.” That kind of test.
Anyway, the drug both her parents took gave them small superpowers, but in their child, it amounted to more. So this secret government agency, the Shop, hunts them down to incarcerate and study the little girl. Obviously, this does not go well, and the mother dies as a result.
So now it’s father and daughter against the world, up until the Shop actually succeeds in capturing them, which is something I did not forsee. The Shop captures them, and as they try and escape, the father dies. So now it’s little girl against the world. And that’s pretty much how the book ends. Obviously, a lot more than that happens, but I recommend you reading it.
I didn’t get anything out of it other than it was an enjoyable read. I think with all my King-lovin’, most of his books actually aren’t quotable or honestly, stay with me to ponder and reflect on. IT was deep (and confusing) and made me scared of drains, and Dreamcatcher made me scared of toilets, but other than the fear factor, nothing. Don’t get me wrong. I love him like I love a good story, and the man provides good (horrifying) stories, but sometimes, I like intellectual books. Maybe I should buy the newest Malcolm Gladwell book and do a post on that (Don’t tempt me. I have enough books to read).