Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.
11/22/63 had an intriguing premise and kept me interested throughout. I will admit the middle bit I was bored because it was just character stories and plot leading up to the end. I know why it was there I just wish it would have kept my attention better. The ending was the best for me because of all the information on JFK, his life, what life would have been like had he lived, etc.
Your MC Jake is shown essentially a portal in 2011 that leads back in time to 1958. His friend Al convinced Jake that he has to go back in time and stop the assassination of JFK. Throughout the story, you see Jake not only try to figure out life in the 50s but also try and keep up with Oswald and his plan to kill JFK.
The time-traveling was an interesting concept to explore. Did the past want to be changed or left alone? I think it also played into the mantra of everything happens for a reason and maybe you should leave the past in the past. I loved the different time loops and how many stories were interwoven but it did make it drag for me in places. I wish there wouldn’t have been so many different stories as it can get confusing if you are not paying attention.
The writing is good and I highly recommend the audiobook because it plays music here and there and the narrator is great. My favorite aspect was the time travel, yes, but the romance too and how you could go from action to romance in a matter of seconds. King is no doubt talented and one of the best.
Overall I enjoyed this book. I didn’t think it was his best. The stand still holds the best in my opinion. I loved exploring the possibility of saving JFK and what the world would look like had he lived.
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I will say the ending left me sad and so emotional and confused, to be honest. I wanted Jake and Sadie to last and see more of the world after he saved JFK. When jake went back it was like the apocalypse and I would have loved to have to know the course history took when he lived. I think it was fascinating to see the world was in utter chaos when jake came back and I would have loved to see what course had history taken to get to that point.