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King has done it again. He has made me stay up a whole night because I simply couldn't stop reading. I did at eight in the morning, just to get a few hours of sleep, then I had to finish this incredible book. And then I wanted to read it all over again.
In my opinion, Stephen King is one of the greatest storytellers of all time. His ability to create characters, as if they really were real, live people, is amazing. Jake/George and Sadie, Deke, all the others, even Lee Oswald and his family, living in a world I will never know, America in the year 1958. And King made it real. I felt like I could taste that first rootbeer Jake drinks, although I never had one. And he is such a good man, this Jake Epping, turned into George Amberson, sent from the year 2011 into the year 1958 to make sure JFK never gets shot.
Now, time travel of course is a touchy subject. It creates paradoxes, sure. Of course it's highly speculative, what would have happened if... But the funny thing is, this book is not about time travel at all. It's about people, the decisions they make, the way they live their lives, what happens to them. And what happens to them if you change their life somehow. Will it be better? Even worse? Does it make a difference if you talk to them or not? I found that highly fascinating. The butterfly effect in full swing.
The book also has a wonderful, tragic lovestory. Jake and Sadie... two people who love each other, but she's from the year 58, he's from the future, how can he tell her, she won't believe him... How I wanted those two people to be together. I wanted it to work. I didn't care about the consequences, I told Jake, to hell with it, go back, find her again, marry her, live your life in the year 58 and beyond... and he wanted to do it. But the past doesn't want to be changed. It's so cruel.
What a wonderful book. One that gripped me by the heart and dragged me in, I laughed, I cried, I hoped, I was sad when I was through with it. In his afterword, King says that the ending is better than the one he originally had in mind. I'd like to know what the other one was. But I have my own ending anyway.