The Long Walk - Stephen King

The Long Walk

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2016-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 572 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.

“I give my congratulations to the winner among your number, and my acknowledgements of valor to the losers.”

Against the wishes of his mother, sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty is about to compete in the annual grueling match of stamina and wits known as The Long Walk. One hundred boys must keep a steady pace of four miles per hour without ever stopping...with the winner being awarded “The Prize”—anything he wants for the rest of his life. But, as part of this national tournament that sweeps through a dystopian America year after year, there are some harsh rules that Garraty and ninety-nine others must adhere to in order to beat out the rest. There is no finish line—the winner is the last man standing. Contestants cannot receive any outside aid whatsoever. Slow down under the speed limit and you’re given a warning. Three warnings and you’re out of the game—permanently....


  • The Long Walk

    By #Dungda8
    While the novel is pretty good overall there are several issues needed to be discussed. The novel is severely outdated which big problem sometimes. The novel is slow as well, which makes it drag and dry. Other than that a clear page turner and Classic.
  • Slow until about halfway through

    By Whittiab0102
    I love Stephen King, don’t get me wrong, but this was just kind of mediocre. I predicted what was going to happen about 3 chapters from the end. Overall not a bad read, has a good message, just not my PERFECT book
  • satan created stephen king

    By holyshitsticks
    this book is really good. this book also created a whole in my chest and the only way to stop the ache is by hitting my chest till it hurts more on the outside than on the inside. i really liked this book
  • Amazing!

    By jnk082519
    Riveting, simple character study. King at his best (as Bachman).
  • Best Book I’ve read

    By RaptorBacon92
    Seriously one of the best books I have ever read, some raw emotion and some of the best writing I have ever seen.
  • Interesting concept, poor execution

    As a King fan, I have to be brutally honest: it’s not even close to his best. The Long Walk delivers in monotony and poorly developed character relations. It’s difficult to get invested in characters and even more difficult to continue reading. The plot and ending is easy enough to decipher from chapter two, and the ‘big twist’ is a two or three paragraph insertion that feels like an after thought. However, if you make it to the end of this short story turned novel, you will be highly disappointed by its climax and ending, leaving the reader unfulfilled. Read if free.
  • Intense!

    By khanny218
    I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish. This book was a great and VERY intense read! The only thing I didn’t really understand was the ending — it left me a bit confused. I highly recommend reading this if you’re a fan of Stephen King and/or these types of books.
  • Snooze fest

    By JCMcButterpants
    Boring. Never gives any context as to why these boys are doing this, making it pretty meaningless. Set in distopian world, but never tells us anything about it.
  • A Constant Reader’s Favorite

    By Lee-sue
    I first read this over 20 years ago and it is still my favorite Stephen King story.
  • Walking into a nightmare!

    By ES the horror fan
    This is one competition no one would want to participate in! I was drawn into every page of this grueling, terrifying walk with Stephen King—and his main character, Ray Garraty. Rarely has King ever written a darker tale of horror and suspense! I’ve heard that Frank Darabont is getting ready to adapt this into a movie. Make it a good one, Mr. Darabont!