11/22/63 by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It has taken me a long time to dive into Stephen King in-depth, and every time I read one of his books I wonder why it took me so long. Likely because many of my memories of my childhood were my mother slamming his books shut because she was so scared by them. 11/22/63 is not a scary book in and of itself, but instead one of the best, well-crafted time travel stories I’ve read.
The story follows a guy who is able to go back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and largely follows his trajectory as he attempts to navigate an era 50 years before his time and get the job done.
At 900+ pages, this book has a lot of meat to it, and not a word or scene feels wasted. I was absolutely hooked in the entire time, and it has been ages since I was trying to sneak a few pages in at any point in time I could. It’s that good, and as a history nerd and a time travel buff, so much of this book just fed into my interests that I’m basically kicking myself that I waited to read this when it has been on my shelf for years.
A must-read across the board, in my mind – easily the best that mainstream literature can offer.
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