Elevation by Stephen King was a quick and easy read (which is why I chose it). My husband has been bugging me to read a book from his vast Stephen King collection for quite a while. I chose Elevation because it’s new and on the short side (only 132 pages).
Like many of Stephen King’s books, it’s set in the small town of Castle Rock. (A place I wouldn’t want to live because weird stuff always happens there!)
Scott Carey is experiencing medical issues – he can’t stop losing weight. He is losing weight without doing exercise or changing his diet. And he looks exactly the same (muffin top and all) even though scales are registering the kilos coming off fast.
What’s happening to him is scientifically impossible. It certainly has stumped his retired doctor friend, Dr Bob. Scott is simply getting lighter and lighter. But what will happen when his weight hits zero?
In other parts of his life, Scott is also encountering problems. He has new neighbours – Missy and her wife Deirdre – who let their dogs do their business on his lawn. They also own a new restaurant in town which is failing due to small town homophobia. As the town gears up for a 12km fun run, all the going-ons in Scott’s life will collide.
As I said earlier, Elevation was a short and easy read. If you avoid Stephen King because you find his books too creepy, I can assure you that this is one of his non-scary ones. Elevation was a pleasant read. But it’s a story that could have been included in a Stephen King short story anthology, rather than selling it as a stand-alone novel. Just like the subject matter is about the main character getting lighter, this book is also on the light side when it comes to detail.
I was curious as to why this weight loss phenomenon was happening to Scott, but it’s never explained. The ending also seemed a bit abrupt. I was just left thinking: “what was the point of this story?” I get that short stories can’t be too detailed, but I think there was room for a bit more story with this one.
Still, Stephen King is a great writer who doesn’t waste words. I don’t regret reading this book. I just wanted a bit more story.
Verdict: A quick and easy Stephen King read, minus the gore.
Have you read this one? What’s your favourite Stephen King novel?