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Elevation Reviews

Elevation by Stephen King


Stephen King

3.29 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 30 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781473691520

Set in Castle Rock, ELEVATION is moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together.

3 stars out of 5
11 Nov 2018

"the master of horror gets cuddly"

Even fans who have long adjusted to the more benign 21st-century King may be taken aback to find the former horror-meister penning a modern-day hagiography, and one that ends with a version of an apotheosis. Once out to make our flesh creep, he morphs here into a subtler writer, using fantasy to relate an ethical parable that, like its outwardly stereotypical hero, has a hidden complexity.


2 stars out of 5
Ryan Vlastelica
29 Oct 2018

"This one is for completists only, and devoted ones at that."

Who would’ve guessed that King would have new notes to strike nearly 45 years after emerging onto the scene, but he strikes them here, in a piece that’s thoughtful and even moving at times, without ever being particularly satisfying... If nothing else, you want a story to go along with the idea, or at least more ideas for your money. This one is for completists only, and devoted ones at that.

4 stars out of 5
Gilbert Cruz
26 Oct 2018

"It’s heavy out there right now. Here’s something that’s not."

There’s more than a hint of the “holiday novella” — so popular in the romance genre — to “Elevation,” and I imagine many fans would be satisfied if King settled into a late career of one heavy meal and one amuse bouche every year. While the final pages are reminiscent of one of his son Joe Hill’s best short stories... there’s a sweetness that feels like something new for King. It’s heavy out there right now. Here’s something that’s not.