Thursday, April 2, 2015
Revival by Stephen King
In Revival, we meet a young Jamie and his reverend, Charles Jacobs. An unlikely friendship forms between the two, but due to a horrible tragedy the two are separated. Years later, we meet back up with Jamie, but he is not the same. He has grown into a man that struggles with addictions, unable to hold a job. After losing yet another gig, he stumbles upon his old friend Charles, discovering that he was not the only one experiencing some rocky years.
Revival was not what I was expecting. I think that King very likely found this one scary to write because of his battles with addiction, but I did not find this one horrific like some of his past stories. What that said, I also must note that I didn't NOT like the book. I enjoyed the story. I still believe that King is one of the best in the business, particularly when it comes to character development. I just believe that my expectations and my reality were not on the same playing field with this one. More simply, I went in wanting to taste the sweetness of an apple, but got the acidity of an orange. And, for the record, I like both apples and oranges.
Have you read Revival yet? What did you think? Have you ever began reading a book with a set of expectations and discovered that your expectations were off?