Reviewer: Donovan (Grade 9)
Setting(Time): The 1990’s
Setting (Place): Maine, Massachusetts
Protagonist(s): Garraty, McVries, Olson, and Stebbins
Antagonist(s): The Major, the soldiers
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 stars
The plot was great. I really liked it because I originally thought a book about walking would be boring, but it was the opposite. After meeting the protagonists, you become attached to them but only one of them survives in the story. In the story, 100 boys walk from Maine until there is only one of them remaining. You have to walk at a steady pace of 4 miles per hour and you get warned if you go below the speed, above the speed, interfere with the other walkers, or just stop. Once they have 3 warnings, they are killed. The book is a great read whether you are a Stephen King Fan, or have never read one of his books because you will find a character that you can connect with.
The Long Walk by Stephen King is a Dystopian novel that takes place in Maine and Massachusetts in the 1990’s. Garraty is a boy from Maine and every year there is an event called “The Long Walk”, a competition where about 100 boys have to walk at a steady pace of 4 mph until there is only one standing. The rules of the walk are you get 3 warnings for misconduct or going below or above the speed limit. Misconduct includes stopping or interfering with the other walkers. Once you get your three warnings, you are shot and killed by the soldiers that watch the walk. Along the way of the Long Walk, Garraty meets many friends such as Olson, the jokester of the group, and McVries who is the motivator of their group. The Major is the one who is in charge of managing the Long Walk and he is a very strict individual.
The Long Walk is definitely a book worth reading.
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