Hearts in Atlantis – A Book Review

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Copyright: 1999

Rating: 4.5/5

My Synopsis:

A  collections of stories put together as one, Hearts in Atlantis, is about war, love, and the unexplainable. From Ted and Bobby and their adventures to the Vietnam war and its surrounding events, Hearts in Atlantis is a fantastic story!

My Opinion:

To say that Stephen King’s, Hearts in Atlantis , is a good, well-written story would be an understatement. King manages to talk about the 60s – the war and all that surrounded it – and the mysteries of life in a way that is truly thought-provoking. Stephen King also is able to use about five different points of view throughout the novel without complicating the story. In fact, I found myself enjoying the different POVs and the way that it, actually, helped the flow of the story.

Another great thing about Hearts in Atlantis are the character descriptions and how truly invested you become in each and every one of the characters’ lives. I must say that this is, without a doubt, the best example of successful character description I’ve ever seen! Just when you think a character may be forgotten, you’re proved wrong in the best way possible!

If I had to nit-pick, I would say I have two main issues with this novel. For one thing, it’s very long and if you don’t read the book in one or two days, you can very easily forget some of the minor characters. In fact, I found myself having to go back a bit when some of these character’s last names were mentioned. I had to refresh my memory as to who they were. Also, I think that if you haven’t read the Dark Tower series before Hearts in Atlantis (which I did not), the end of the novel still leaves some questions unanswered about one of the characters. Of course this may have been done on purpose so King could draw you to read the Dark Tower series, which does make sense. If this is the case, he did a successful job. I’m not sure if I’ll ever read the series, but I admit that I am quite curious. [Goodreads]

5 Replies to “Hearts in Atlantis – A Book Review”

  1. I currently have The Dark Tower series on my TBR list from him (and I have a rule that I only have one book from one author on there at a time unless I own the book), but I’ll keep it in mind when I finish that! I was debating switching out TDT for It, even though I know now the true nature of It and it’s amazing and horrifying and something that would be perfect for someone who wants to write horror should read hehe. But I think I’ll keep Dark Tower on there for now 🙂

    1. What’s TDT? Did you mean It? My dad was watching it once when I was little and it scared the crap out of me! Thanks for liking my review! Anyway, Hearts in Atlantis was great and so was Green Mile. I need to read more of his books!

      1. Oh sorry I was abbreviated The Dark Tower! I’ve never seen the movie itself, though I know they’re making a remake of it. I know about the book’s ending/true nature due to one of the YouTubers I watch. He does Game of Thrones/ASOIAF videos and was doing a comparison with It, because ASOIAF, while not a horror story, has horror elements to it. It got me interested.

        I enjoyed The Green Mile movie, and I’ve always wanted to read The Shawshank Redemption, or the story that was based on.

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