From the first time I ever read this book, I just loved it. It was the perfect mix of a dark totalitarian future, finding a way to distract people from the harsh reality they face, and coming-of-age fantasicsm mixed with the inevitable horror of the rules of the event that the main characters have signed up for. What’s not to like?
The slow build into the reality of The Long Walk works perfectly, and one you are in to the story, it is compelling. I pretty much read it all in one sitting the first time I had it, as I was unable to put it down until I reached the conclusion. I had to know what happened to everyone involved, and to try and understand their motivation – not in the race of course, that becomes obvious, but what their motivation for joining up in the first place was.
I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with everyone here in the race, and seeing if I can discover any new information this time around.