Genre: Adult Horror
Recommended Age: 18+ (gore, violence, sex, trigger warnings for abuse)
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers. – Amazon.com
Welcome to the book that inspired a fear of clowns in almost every man, woman, and child in America! IT was my first adult horror film and I was so excited for the new IT film that I bought the audible for it and listened to it for over a month (it’s 45 hours long btw). And just to warn you, this book is NOT for the faint at heart. If you do not like horror movies or books, don’t watch this movie or read this book. It’s very jarring and while I like it, I’m also a big horror junkie. Anyways, on with the review!
The character development in IT was amazingly well done. I felt like I knew each member of the Loser’s club intimately and to a point almost everyone in Derry. I loved how King wrote the backstories of each character and I loved how the story was told simultaneously although they occurred in two different timelines. As such, there are two plots in this book and both are developed beautifully. This is a wonderfully horrific tale that will give you nightmares for years to come and I think it’s one of King’s best works.
However, while I do love Stephen King I do have to say that his book is not without faults. King has a problem where his writing (while fantastic) does tend to go off on tangents and down pointless rabbit holes. His writing can be hard to follow sometimes because of this and the pacing gets thrown off because of this issue as well. It’s really hard to follow the story unless you pay expert attention to the story as the POV switches very rapidly between the adults and the children. I also want to point out something that I did not point out on any other social media platform for my reviews… it does have some very disgusting moments in the book. Not necessarily gore for gore, but close. There are also some triggering scenes. So please be safe and cautious reading this book.
Verdict: This is the perfect horror book for any horror junkie, but be weary of the famous King tangents! If you’re a fan of his or someone who’s not heard of King, this is definitely the book for you!