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If any of King's novels exemplifies his skill at portraying the concerns of his generation, it's The Dead Zone (1979). Although it contains a horrific subplot about a serial killer, it isn't strictly a horror novel. It's the story of an unassuming high school teacher, an Everyman, who suffers a gap in time--like a Rip Van Winkle who blacks out during the years 1970-75--and thus becomes acutely conscious of the way that American society is rapidly changing. He wakes up as well with a gap in his brain, the "dead zone" of the title. The zone gives him crippling headaches, but also grants him second sight, a talent he doesn't want and is reluctant to use. The crux of the novel concerns whether he will use that talent to alter the course of history.
The Dead Zone is a tight, well-crafted book. When asked in 1983 which of his novels so far was "the best," Stephen King answered, "The one that I think works the best is Dead Zone. It's the one that [has] the most story." --Fiona Webster
The plot was very interesting,and I enjoyed the characters,they were well drawn.
This is one of those books that I put off reading for a long time, but was immediately sucked in a soon as I started.
If you've read the book, you could compare it with the movie starring Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen.
I remember reading "The Dead Zone" years ago, probably not long after it was first published, but not much of the story stuck with me over the years. Read morePublished 3 days ago by David Girod
I really like most of King's older books, but this is more like the new ones I'm enjoying. There is a lot of deep character development, to the point of "knowing" Johnny. Read morePublished 8 days ago by H. LEBLANC
Enjoyable like all King novels. His books read the same to me, ordinary people rising up to defeat evil in extraordinary circumstances. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Mark D. Witzel
Had to go back and re-read this and I was not disappointed. King is so imaginative. His stories are chilling yet heartfelt. Love love love this author.Published 19 days ago by Xena23
This book wasn't what I thought it would be like. It was so much better. I never wanted to put it down. Anyone who loves king will love this boom.Published 21 days ago by Lanette
Touching and sad story. Not like other Stephen king's book I've read before , this one outstanding in his characters .Published 28 days ago by George Li