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Book Review: The Long Walk

A very strange story, but I liked it overall.

Ray Garraty and 99 other teenage boys are on The Long Walk, a 5-day walk to the death, with only one winner. Last one standing wins.

The weird thing about this book was that I never did figure out why they were walking in the first place. Why were they motivated to volunteer for a suicide march? What were they hoping to gain, or possibly, to escape from? I could imagine the government from The Hunger Games coming up with such a competition, but King never specifies or clarifies such a backstory, or any backstory for that matter.

Besides the fact that there was absolutely no known motivation for the characters to be doing what they were doing, the story was quite intriguing. The characters were well-written and made me care what happened to them. I could feel every step that Ray took on this Walk, every friend he made and lost, every thought he had along the way. It was a very interesting piece of literature, that's for sure.


  1. This is one of my husband's favorite books. I think the winner of the race received money. I'm sure this was President Snow's idea. :-) Do you plan on seeing Hunger Games this weekend?


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