The Long Walk by Stephen King

73%

8 Critic Reviews

King (writing as his alter ego, Richard Bachman) delivers another psychologically dark tale with commentary on society, teenage life, and cultural entertainment that is still poignant decades after its original publication.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In this #1 national bestseller, “master storyteller” (Houston Chronicle) Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, tells the tale of the contestants of a grueling walking competition where there can only be one winner—the one that survives.

In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules—keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you’re out—permanently.

A “psychologically dark tale with commentary on society, teenage life, and cultural entertainment, The Long Walk is still poignant decades after its original publication” (Publishers Weekly). This edition features an introduction by Stephen King on “The Importance of Being Bachman.”
 

About Stephen King

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published January 1, 2016 by Scribner. 388 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Long Walk
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Good
on Aug 30 2012

I count this book as among King's finest works: a horrifying piece of not-horror that's as powerful today as it was when it was released in 1979.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 31 2010

King (writing as his alter ego, Richard Bachman) delivers another psychologically dark tale with commentary on society, teenage life, and cultural entertainment that is still poignant decades after its original publication.

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Examiner

Good
on Jan 14 2013

...The Long Walk, written during Stephen King's freshman year of college, has more power and verisimilitude than any other Stephen King novel.

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Examiner

Good
on Jan 28 2012

The Long Walk is especially interesting when read in context with today’s world of reality television shows and contests...Ultimately, this is an excellently fast-paced, darkly suspenseful book with a grim ending.

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Suite 101

Above average

The most frightening aspect of King’s books, especially The Long Walk, is its realism...The line between sanity and insanity appears to be fragile and shaky, and King knows exactly how to toe it.

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Helium

Good
on Feb 12 2008

This is one of my favorite Stephen King novels...but it was an absolutely incredible ending to a fine novel, and is one of those rare and beautiful works that reminds me every time I read it why I have always wanted to be a writer.

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Helium

Above average
on Nov 21 2007

Though the story has plenty of gore and cold-blooded murder, I just couldn't get past the fact that I felt extremely worn down myself with each new mile traversed. As a result, it was tough to focus on the story...

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Gather Books

Above average
on Aug 29 2009

The end was disappointing...After going so far, I was really hoping for something a little more epic when it gets down to the last handful of people, but instead King/Bachman wraps up the last stage in just a couple of pages.

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