The Long Walk - Stephen King

The Long Walk

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2016-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 433 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....


  • 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!
  • 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.