BookMattic's Rating: 4/5
Goodreads Rating: 4.27/5
Are you ready to find yourself immersed in a world that you know is based on real events but something about it seems off? Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if JFK was never assassinated? Your questions may or may not be answered, you'll just have to read for yourself. Steven King has done it again with a well worth the time read but this one is different from his other books. There's a very romantic and sweet side to Steven King's writing that he's never thoroughly explored before. Did I just say romance? In a Stephen King book? Yes there's romance but it just adds that much more depth to the story than it would without it. But for those that don't really like romance, don't worry because there are also some very gruesome parts that will send you squirming. Here are a few things you may want to know before reading the book or watching the Hulu Original mini series 11/22/63 coming out on 2/15/16.
11/22/63 has been brought to the top five books on my all favorite list. This book is very well organized and easy to follow even though the story is quite complex. Jake Epping is a high school English teacher in 2011. He's claims to be an emotionless person, but in reality he's got a soft spot. At times this soft spot really makes you root for Jake Epping. His friend Al, the local diner owner, one day shows up on Jake Epping's doorstep looking deathly ill and wants to let Jake in on a secret that will change his life and possibly every other person's life on the planet forever. Somehow Al has found a portal that leads to 1958 in his dinner's storage room. After Jake goes through the portal and stays in 1958 for about 20 minutes or so for the very first time then comes back to 2011 only 2 minutes after the time he left, Al explains the theory behind the portal and the drastic effects it could make on the world IF someone were to change something in the past. Let's say something big like the JFK assassination! Al has already been through the portal hundreds of times, (The past resets each time someone goes through the portal.) trying to track down Lee Harvey Oswald and collect information about him, but unfortunately failed in the task of saving JFK due to the fact that he is deathly ill so he ends up asking Jake to take on the task.
At first Jake doesn't want anything to do with this plan. He's just an English teacher! Also he thinks he's going crazy. Eventually Jake decides that he's willing to try, but he wants to test the effect of changing something in the past which is not as big as JFK's assassination but can still be measured when he comes back to 2011. This is where the book sets off into the time of ago and you can feel the extreme reality of living in the past and trying to fit in with society, the way people dressed and spoke as well as the technology differences. Jake had to be careful not to make many ripples in the timeline as he went about his mission tracking down Lee.
The story also involves some interesting mysterious people and premonition like happenings called harmonies which add some flavor to the book. Without these aspects it wouldn't seem like a Stephen King book. This book has such an amazing set of characters who are taken from real life smoothly mixed in with fictional characters. I don't want to give much away about the story or about the other characters Jake meets throughout his travels in the land of ago because I feel like it will ruin your reading experience. I know that if I knew a lot about the characters that Jake meets before I even read the book it would take away some of the surprises Stephen King has prepared for you. So I'll keep my review simple and just tell you that I don't know anyone that I think would NOT enjoy this book. There's one other reason why this book is so good and that's because Stephen King did a lot of research in the effort to make 11/22/63 seems as realistic as possible even though none of this would truly be possible, he convinces you that it could be real. As to that, thank you for reading my review and I hope you enjoy the book or series.