The Long Walk - Stephen King

The Long Walk

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2016-01-01
  • Genre: Horror
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 265 Ratings)


In this #1 national bestseller, “master storyteller” (Houston Chronicle) Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, tells the tale of the contestants of a grueling walking competition where there can only be one winner—the one that survives.

In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules—keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you’re out—permanently.

A “psychologically dark tale with commentary on society, teenage life, and cultural entertainment, The Long Walk is still poignant decades after its original publication” (Publishers Weekly). This edition features an introduction by Stephen King on “The Importance of Being Bachman.”


  • Wonderful

    By The kings reader
    Wonderful book!! Read it in Highschool and could barely finish my school work bc of how drawn I was to what would happen next.
  • 4.5 Stars

    By Yvette Br.
    This is only my second Stephen King book and I really enjoyed it. My favorite books are mainly character driven books and this was amazing. I felt like I was right there with them. You really see them slowly going insane or giving up. The crazy thing is that there were crowds and spectators cheering the entire walk but just like the walkers, at some points you forget they’re even there. I wish we knew the back story of how the walks started. I feel like it was very realistic, especially the authenticity of the boys, all under 18, thoughts and conversations. It made me really sad for them bc they’re all just kids. None of them really realized it would be that hard, painful and frightening. Every time someone got their ticket, I would search back in the book to each all their interactions with Garraty, just so I could remember their “life”. See how they started, confident and happy, to how they ended, scared and broken. I really enjoyed the ending (if you can really enjoy something so sad). Felt really realistic. Overall, this was a really good book. I’m definitely going to read more of King’s books.
  • Horrific and Thought Provoking

    By shanelee444
    This is the first Stephan King book I have ever read. It was absolutely horrific yet an amazing read. I was hooked from start to finish. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is brave enough to take the Long Walk with Ray!
  • Solid book

    By Mr. Baller33
    One of the best I’ve read and it definitely impacted who I was when I read it. Most of kings work is at least decent but this one takes the cake for me. Maybe it because of the time in my life that I read it but this book really changed my view on a lot of things and is a all time classic for me and I recommend it with out even a passing thought in the negative. If your a teenager or young adult I can’t recommend this book enough.
  • Great book

    By baaunejsidnc
    Reminded me of the hunger games, and seeing all the characters progressively dive into insanity
  • Confused

    By Jenrn68
    Good book but the end was really disappointing
  • Great book.

    By mr. Analyzer
    It’s cool that King Road it as a freshman in college, and that it’s an allegory for the Vietnam war. I am surprised that a movie hasn’t been made out of it in the 40 years since its publication, also surprised that king didn’t sue the author of The Hunger Games because of their very close similarities.
  • The best!

    By Jakarta fan
    This is by far not only my favorite book but my favorite (and really only favorite) Stephen king book
  • Disappointed

    By wrenavengee
    Ending was awful. Not worth the read.
  • One of the Best

    By tuneloonn
    I had to review this book, as I've never read such a novel that would slip into my mind during the day, as if it were a true and ongoing situation. I'd wonder during my day, where the boys (the walkers) were 'by now' and how they're doing as they walk and aren't allowed to stop. I'd find myself actually thinking about these fictional characters - all walking until only one boy is left - the winner! The only one left alive. We get to know these boys extremely well, via Stephen King's incredible writing. Good horror!