Reviews of Dead Zone, the (1979)
Review by StefanY (2007-08-24)
For some reason, my recollection of reading this book before was very vague. Therefore, I went into the rereading process without knowing what to expect at all. Boy, was I surprised. After finishing it, I think that The Dead Zone is one of King's best novels.
The character development is superb and I think that Johnny Smith is possibly one of King's best developed characters. We also spend considerable time with his family members and the principle villains and these characters are all strongly developed and quirky in their own ways.
The story, while not action packed, takes the reader completely into the world of Johnny Smith, a regular guy with a bit of psychic ability and some incredibly bad luck. A big part of the storyline revolves around the political climate of the 70's but it is written in such a way that it stays interesting throughout. I honestly did not experience any moments of boredom with the story.
As I'm finding with several King books that I've re-read lately, The Dead Zone is not really a horror novel at all. There's a little bit of gore and graphic violence and of course King's choice of language is a bit colorful at times, but really this is a good suspense story with a bit of politics and psychic powers thrown in for good measure.
All in all a GREAT novel. I highly recommend it.
Review by superbob888 (2007-04-20)
I absolutely loved this book! From the beginning to the end I was completely entranced in the story. The character descriptions were clean and crisp, the plot was fantastic, and the book closed with a great ending. If you are looking for a different kind of horror and you are a SK fan this is the book to read. 8 out of 10