Revival ― Stephen King ― “A shadow fell over him”

In an introspection of religion and afterlife, Stephen King delivers a title that attempts to tackle one of the biggest questions in life: what is there after life? – Inkish Kingdoms

In a long and meticulous plot building, King pours elements of his own life in his characters. From the rock and roll background and rhythm player to a standpoint in religion. Although I am not mentioning that he is an atheist or anything of the sort, there is an irreverent, for many, plot element in this story which is the existence of God and the power of faith. Not only the main character shares this music interest that King has, but also it is a short reflection on his time as an addict and his “dependence” in a higher power to overcome his addictions.

While the plot is slowly building up with small moments of tension and preoccupation, this title becomes more of a coming of age title, then into a contemporary narration of Jamie’s life, the main character, until we come rushing to a terrifying ending, characteristically of King’s style, where he delivers a hopeless and torturing resolution to the main character. Knowing that King’s inspiration comes from the great classical authors like Bram Stoker, Marry Shelly, and H.P. Lovecraft, he creates the expectation that this title will be worth to push through. Divorcing from other titles dissonance of plot vs length and conclusion, “Revival” is worth reading for all the nightmares it might revive in the reader in a short amount of 403 pages, my version.

On a personal note, this title is not terrifying for the monstrous actions or cthulhulian creatures, but for the realization that the afterlife heaven is a lie and that being alive is a constant torture since regardless of one’s actions, hell is the only destination. I find Stephen King’s style unique and characteristic, and I was impressed that the novel started with the phrase “and a shadow fell over him” which was a clear foreshadowing of the shocking conclusion of the novel!

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  1. swordsandspectres Avatar

    Not tried this one yet. I think I’ll earmark it as my next King read or listen 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      Thank you so much for coming and sharing! It is good! Don’t spect a highly rushed horro book tho xD

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      1. swordsandspectres Avatar

        The only thing I have ever known King to rush is his endings 😂

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      2. Satou Johns Avatar

        Hmmm I don’t know… haha I have read a few and yes, like a lot gets to happen at the end. In this one he builds a lot the plot and creates a lot of expectations? xD I don’t know if that is how you say it haha

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      3. swordsandspectres Avatar

        That’s a good way of saying it. If my expectations are lifted up to the end than I’m a happy reader 🙂

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      4. Satou Johns Avatar

        Then you will like it 😀 thank you! Same to you 😀

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  2. Mani Avatar

    Have this on my TBR, planning on picking it up as my next Stephen King read!!

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    1. Caesar H. Avatar

      Great to hear! It is really good! And it keeps you entertained for sure ❤️❤️❤️

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