Stephen King, Owen King

Sleeping Beauties

a novel

Scribner (Sep 26, 2017)
9781501163401
| Hardcover
702 pages | 241 x 165 mm | English
Dewey 813/.54
LOC Class. PS3561.I483 .S56 2017
LOC Contr. 2017002473

Plot

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.