Author: Stephen King
Published in English: 2013
Dansk titel: Joyland
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2015
Forlag: Hr. Ferdinand
Finished Reading: August 2019
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
Stephen King has a remarkable talent when it comes to writing a story and giving his characters character. He ends up writing very likable and relatable characters and this is no exception.
I’m glad he’s started writing books in different genres and this suits him very well.
I like how Devin tells a story in both past, present and future tense. It was new and exciting and to be honest, only something King can get away with. My main issue with this book is simple. If I read for approximately ten or twenty minutes, I had a hard time getting into the setting of the book. However, when I spend hours my attention was directed fully on the book. Even though the book is only around three hundred pages long, it seems a lot longer due to the setting, change of time and the sheer amount of time it took being captivated by the plot.
If you, like me, haven’t read anything or just a few of King’s books – this is an excellent start to become acquainted with him since his typically type of book are nearly a thousand pages and for some, that’s just too much.
I was very surprised by the ending and I must say I had no idea that it was going to end that way. Imagine my surprise when we found out that … did …. Ha-ha, just kidding, no spoilers!
Devin was so cool. I really liked him as a character. The way King Portrait him, was magnificent and I don’t think that anyone else could have done as good a job. Annie was so relatable you really felt compassionate toward her and poor Mike, wow that kid had some serious humor. He was by far my favorite character when we finally got to know him.
I was laughing, crying and excited as well as a little scared, it was an awesome rollercoaster ride and I’m so glad to have gotten this reading experience, it will forever stay in my mind.