By Stephen King

Elevation - Stephen King
  • Release Date: 2018-10-30
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,432 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).


  • Not the King you want

    By Silverstein13
    Thankfully (maybe?), I had read other King novels that live up to his reputation before I read this because this was an absolute disappointment. I found the plot initially interesting and was curious to read more, but then it just became absolutely stupid and I couldn’t believe that I was 1) reading a King novel, and 2) still continuing to read this book. I kept reading to see if it got better at the end, but it didn’t. I felt like I wasted my money and my time with this. Like others have said, it felt incomplete and something that King just published as a throw-away to get publishers/agents off his back before the next masterpiece.
  • Simple and Moving

    By SilverFrog
    First time King made me cry. Just what I needed while waiting for his next full length novel. No one strings together words quite as effectively as the master of prose himself.
  • Everyone wants to be weightless

    By hwilsan
    Great book. Easy read. It may be fiction but it hits on some reality. I would recommend this book to anyone.
  • Excellent

    By Bambidos22
    Very good read,couldn’t put it down once I started,short by King standards,but very well done 👍
  • Great book!

    By Booruss
    Stephen King is one of my favorites. He’s an amazing writer.
  • Thanks King❤️Loved It 💯

    By Jayy vines
    Great Novel !
  • 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.