Becky’s Sixty-Eighth Book Review: “The Dead Zone” by Stephen King

I have found that the more I read Stephen King, the more I enjoy his work. Yesterday I finished reading “The Dead Zone” by Stephen King. The book was a quick read and very enjoyable. King certainly comes up with some interesting thoughts when writing and I can only hope that someday I’ll develop a similar talent.

“The Dead Zone” is about a guy, Johnny Smith who gets into a car accident and is in a coma for five years. When he wakes up from this coma he has psychic abilities—sort of. Johnny actually falls down on the ice when he was a kid at the beginning of the book and develops these abilities then, they just become more pronounced when he comes out of his coma. Johnny is not pleased with this curse, especially because he gets media attention when his predictions are correct and then everyone treats him very differently. No one wants Johnny to touch him for fear that he is going to know all of their deepest, darkest secrets.

Then Johnny meets a politician and when they shake hands Johnny realizes just how dangerous this man is and will be. He then asks the question over and over again—if you could go back in time and stop Hitler, would you? Johnny knows that he has a responsibility to the world and the words his mother said to him echo in his ears. “What a power God has given you…He has a job for you…Don’t run from Him, Johnny…do your duty.”

“The Dead Zone” by Stephen King was very entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Stephen King. There are definitely some upsetting parts in the book, so it is not for the faint of heart…but “The Dead Zone” is a very enjoyable read.


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