Elevation by Stephen King

Elevation

Summary:

The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.

My take: 3 looks

Scott Carey and his friend, retired doctor Bob Ellis, are trying to figure out how and why Scott is losing about 2 pounds per day, but looking no different physically. At this rate, Scott determines that he will be weightless by the end of March.

Throw in a gourmet vegan restaurant owned by a married lesbian couple, borderline hate speech and total lack of support from a very conservative Castle Rock, and an upcoming (and very competitive) 12K, and you’ve got yourself an interesting novella. 

This seems to be geared to a YA audience since it lacks the normal King profanity, sex, and out-and-out terror. More along the lines of “The Green Mile”, as opposed to “Gerald’s Game”. At a light 147 pages, I read this in a few hours at a local coffee house. The book has some very good elements for a teen book discussion: alternative lifestyles, tolerance, hate speech, community, sacrifice, and death. That’s a lot to pack into a novella, and only an accomplished author like Stephen King could pull it off.

Recommended.

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