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Review: Revival by Stephen King

MeDhat SaaDoun By MeDhat SaaDoun Published on November 25, 2015

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Stephen King is one hell of a writer. He writes novels as dark as night but also as fun and suspenseful as possible; Revival is a masterpiece among them. King expertly deals with many serious issues, such as fanaticism (as in many of his books) and heroin addiction. The sad truth is that King was formerly a heroin addict himself, like his protagonist, Jamie Morton. Moreover, heroin addiction isn’t the only side of Jamie that King can relate to perfectly; the two also share a love for rock ’n’ roll, which Jamie tries to turn into a career. 

In this magnificently gripping and thought­ provoking novel, King’s attempt to discover what lies in the afterlife is so eerily disturbing that my heart was racing and my mouth was gaping – literally. I’ve read a lot of disturbing books in my life, but never a book that tested my nerves to this extent, never a book that gave me nightmares for so many nights like this one did, never a book that would stay with me like this one. But in spite of all this, I’d read it again and again because not many authors are as skillful as King in depicting the dark side of human nature and eerie subjects that most of us are afraid to deal with or read about. Don’t listen to people who advise against reading this book: it might be a bit slow in the beginning, but believe me, the story builds up to a great climax. One final comment: something happened.

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