Reviews of Rage (1977)
Review by robokop (2009-07-26)
I have recently started going through King's novels in published order and after reading Carrie, Salem's Lot, and The Shining (published in the same year as Rage) I was a bit disappointed with Rage. I realize it was probably written well before the other books so it's not really fair to compare them to it but the level of writing is way off the others.
That being said I did enjoy some of the characterization of the book, it flowed pretty well, and it was worth reading. The ending wasn't all that spectacular though. Hopefully, the other Bachman books are better.
(This review refers to the 1977 version titled “Rage”)
Review by StefanY (2007-08-24)
One of Kingís earliest works, Rage wasnít published until he had established himself and when it was, it was published under the author name Richard Bachman. This novel is definitely raw in many aspects, but I think that is what helps to give it its charm.
The story centers on a student who kills his teacher in front of his class and holds the class hostage for most of the day. He and the class then discuss a variety of issues, but the main conversation revolves around what has led him to this. Kingís narrative and character development really help to pull the reader into the story and there is enough tension to help keep things moving when it starts to seem that itís going to be dull.
Not the most action packed or scary of Kingís novels, but still manages to be a page turner. I rank it up with the top of his novels from the story-telling aspect of this novel alone.
Review by nzilla (2004-08-26)
This book is absolutely wonderful. We really get to see the psyche of a kid brought to madness. The book is full of macabre humor, and I don't think there has been any other book to deal with the subject matter of a school shooting from the point of view of the killer. 9/10