IT by Steven King

This review will contain spoilers, you have been warned.

Pages: 1166   Published: 2017 by Hodder, Originally: 1986   Genre: Horror


“Derry, Maine is just an ordinary town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part, a good place to live. It is a group of children who see – and feel – what makes Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT appears as an evil clown named Pennywise and sometimes IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing…
Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, emerging again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.”
My Review:

So, as my ‘big return to this blog’ from my hiatus, let’s talk about the book I loved until I didn’t. Now don’t get me wrong, in my opinion IT is a great read and I do recommend it to big Horror readers however as the end grew nearer my love for the book began to decline.

To start however, I did really love the story and I liked the concept. Yes, Killer Clown is a common concept these days but this book takes the crown for the idea. All the characters were well written and enjoyable to read about and I’m glad each character got their equal moments in the book for their back stories and so on. The fact that all the kids, Bill, Ben, Ritchie, Stan, Eddie, Mike and Beverly, are actually all really intelligent is a good thing as most books tend to rely on either having a ‘stupid’ character or all the kids have to be young, dumb and naiive, this was much better and much more enjoyable to read. I really do think Steven King did an incredible job with the writing of this book. It’s dark and twisted and quite the chilling read making it a great page turner.

Now for the stuff that caused my love for IT to decline, and to start I want to focus on my biggest issue with the book: the sheer number of sexual scenes that, to be frank, are not necessary. Most notably the final one close to the end of the book. The children defeat IT, or so they think, and get a strange feeling they’re drifting apart and are no longer as close. So how do they, a bunch of 11 year olds, decide to solve this issue? Beverly decides that they all should have sex with her. Right down in the Derry sewers, classy. This was just so wrong and awkward to read and down right pointless. It makes no logical sense as to why Beverly would jump to that conclusion first, they’re literally only 11. Maybe some people feel this is a necessary part of the book and if you think that, please tell me why because for the life of me I cannot figure out the point.

Secondly, I just didn’t enjoy reading with fight with IT, both the child fight and the adult fight. I expected something a bit different being how IT is, I guess, a supernatural being so it wasn’t about to be a basic gun or knife fight. However, I couldn’t exactly tell you what happens other than it’s the Ritual Of Chüd. There’s some tongue biting in an alternate universe and a wise turtle that dies and deadlights. Yeah, you try to make sense of that. Again to some readers it probably made perfect sense but to me it just didn’t sink in correctly.

All in all I did enjoy the book and I will read it again, I just think some parts could be taken out in my opinion.

My Rating: 4.5/5 STARS

You can get the book here: Book DepositoryAmazon

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