Saturday, January 3, 2015

Teen review: Sci Fi action/adventure

The Gunslinger
by Stephen King
224 pages
The Dark Tower Series, Book 1
Intended Audience: High School (10-12) and above

Reviewed by Jonathan L., grade 12

The story follows and revolves around a gun-wielding man named Roland of Gilead. He traverses great distances in order to reach the man in black, a mysterious foe who wields great power. Along the way he befriends a young boy named Jake Chambers and they both set on a quest to find the man in black.

This is the book that triggered my interest in the entire series. Alone this book is okay, but being part of a series, it’s an amazing start. It’s like that pilot episode of every television show. It sets up the main protagonist and the story in a clear and concise way. The entire series is purely entertaining from start to finish. This is the greatest science fiction series I have ever read. Throughout it, you meet more unforgettable characters, each with their own fleshed out back story. As for Roland, his history is fleshed out with each book. We learn more and more about this man as he traverses what I think is the multiverse to get to The Dark Tower, the center of all things.

This is a grandiose series and one that I will never forget. If it had been a stand-alone story, I would have given it a four, but since this kick-starts an amazing ride, I give The Gunslinger and the entire Dark Tower series as a whole, a five. I recommend this to anyone familiar with Stephen King; and for those who are new to him, this is a great introduction to the author who is essentially the Edgar Allen Poe of the modern world.

What I also love about this series is that it ties in with many other novels from Stephen King, such as It, The Stand, and more.

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