Elevation is not a normal Stephen King book. One, it’s super short. It’s less than 150 pages and the pages are smaller than normal. Two, instead of being scary, or even creepy, it’s an uplifting story. And three, he’s never killed off a character the way he does in Elevation, and he’s killed lots of characters in lots of different ways. I give Elevation 3.5 stars.
Since the book is so short, I read it in just a couple hours yesterday morning. Steven King has an amazing ability to create an unnatural reality that makes sense somehow. Sleeping Beauties, 11/23/63, End of Watch, and The Outsider are perfect examples of this. In Elevation, the main character Scott is mysteriously losing weight, yet no mass. He is a resident of Castle Rock, a small, conservative town in Maine, with the type of people who don’t believe in global warming. His words, not mine.
Two new residents to Castle Rock open a restaurant there, called Holy Frijoles. They don’t receive a warm welcome or much business because they are a lesbian couple. Stephen King is a feminist. He does not put much merit in males and what they are capable of if left to their own testosterone fueled inclinations. If you haven’t read Sleeping Beauties yet, check it out to see exactly what I’m talking about. I do not believe Stephen King’s view to have drastically changed over the last year or so between books. Is it really believable that this man would care to make a lesbian couple welcomed and accepted? Or is Stephen King saying that only in an alternate universe where the laws of gravity do not apply to Scott, would he actually care? Or that a conservative town would ever be accepting?
I do recommend reading this book. It’s a super fast read, so why not? Also, I would love to hear your thoughts about it. Is it just me? Am I being cynical? Or is Stephen becoming a softy?