“It” is compelling. “It” is awesome. “It” is a must read.

It By Stephen King

Genre

Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Suspense

Author

Stephen King

Rating

5 Stars Out Of 5

Synopsis (Taken from GoodReads)

The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values.

Book Review

“It” is a story of seven children for whom Derry, Maine the town was their whole world. The journey of these seven children from their childhood days, to being best friends to each other, moving away from Derry and then coming back to finish what they started 27 year ago. These seven school friends who survived the terror of “It” in their childhood are called back after 27 years by “It”. “It” is an adventure of these seven children to win or at least survive the terror of It – The Clown.

The novel starts off very nicely setting the stage for the suspense of “It”, What happens at the beginning of the book is totally weird. I was finding it very difficult to understand what is going on. But in later part of the story Stephen King connected these parts so aptly that I was left stunned at the sheer entertaining story  telling ability of the author. The best part of the book is Character Development. Stephen King is best at story telling because he takes the reader into the character. While reading every page of the book I used to feel as if I am one of characters from the book. I got attached to each and every character. All credit goes to Stephen King for going in detail of each and every event, unfurling all the details needed to keep reader engaged with the story.

The best relation in the world is the FRIEND. I liked “It” because it is story of seven children becoming friends, no not only friends, best friends to fight with their childhood trauma. The development of these seven characters and then seeing them becoming best friends, fighting with bad guys for each other is just awesome to read. Stephen King wins the heart of readers. Some events in the book are too horrifying. Stephen King succeeds in sticking in the horror and making the reader scare badly. The book gets divided in two parts – when these seven friends are school going children and when they become successful professionals. Both the times they have to confront the horror of “It”. The strategies, the adventures of these seven friends to deal with “It” makes the novel a must read.

Filled with every minute details of the characters, every minute details of their interaction with each other to fight with the nightmare called “It”, this novel is an extraordinary work of fiction by Stephen King. It is one of the biggest novels I have read till date. It spans 1118 pages. But it is worth the efforts. A must-read for all.

Rating & Conclusion

I would RECOMMEND “It” to every reader. It is a must read. I would rate it 5 Stars Out Of 5.

Posted by: Pravin Patil
Last revised: 04 Aug, 2014 10:16 AM

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