Elevation - Stephen King


By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2018-10-30
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 1,169 Ratings)


From legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting story about “an ordinary man in an extraordinary condition rising above hatred” (The Washington Post) and bringing the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine together—a “joyful, uplifting” (Entertainment Weekly) tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences, “the sign of a master elevating his own legendary game yet again” (USA TODAY).

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face—including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

“Written in masterly Stephen King’s signature translucent…this uncharacteristically glimmering fairy tale calls unabashedly for us to rise above our differences” (Booklist, starred review). Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, an “elegant whisper of a story” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), “perfect for any fan of small towns, magic, and the joys and challenges of doing the right thing” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).


  • Everyone’s a critic

    By J.T.Gibson
    Learning to make peace with whatever horror life throws at you isn’t a bad lesson to take to heart; eventually, we all drift off alone into the void.
  • Weird

    By Jkdjenenek
    King’s stories have always been strange but this book is really out there but not in his usual good way. $10 for basically a pamphlet. Didn’t know he needed the money that bad. I live in progressive city so the whole LBGT thing comes off as something out of the 1950’s and more far fetched than the crazy weight thing.
  • Very disappointing

    By jay7340
    Very disappointed. Less than 300 pages, cost $9.00 , very corny story and ending.
  • Good but different

    By theFISCHERcat
    King has quite the rapport and this book doens’t follow the “scary” genre you would be used to. Although short, I very much enjoyed the story. The amount of detail you get from King on each character made me feel like I knew them. Would recommend this book if you’re looking for something a little different.
  • Quite a disappointment really

    By Ccwrose
    I have loved everything I have read from this author until now. I don’t even know what to say about this very short book. It feels like an unfinished novel. It starts out very interesting but then just fizzles. I feel like I paid for a lot and got so little.
  • Not so hot

    By KidCadilac
    Interesting story but not scary or riveting in the least. Boring and PC, nothing like The King at his peak.
  • Good While It Lasted

    By brennansgranmom
    I enjoyed Kings’ Elevation but there seemed as if something were lacking. I loved the story line and I loved the ending. However, I would have enjoyed it all a lot more if it had been longer. I don’t mean “longer” in the sense of extra verbiage of no import. It struck me as a half hearted attempt at a “book”. Stephen King could have explored the plot quite a bit more. I think if he had of done that, fleshed out the characters more, and added to the story line, I would have probably rated it four or five stars.
  • Not worth the name of Stephen King

    By Tyberiusk
    This book starts out in a brilliant fashion. It slowly devolves in a mush of emotional mess. It saddens me that he could write a far better story to deliver his message.
  • Yawn

    By Bdude24
    Don’t waste your $ on this one. Lightweight and not much of a story.
  • Fantastic Story!

    By Keith Sk.
    While I have all of Steven Kings novels, this one turned out to be very special. While it is spooky, it is not scary. Still, it entertained me completely during the afternoon I read it. I very much recommend it, and dare I say it, yes I will. You will find it uplifting!