11.22.63 follows Jake Epping who finds that he’s able to travel back in time and he’s given a goal by his dying predecessor of the mission that he must stop the JFK assassination. It’s very interesting because each time he goes into the “rabbit hole” (as they call it) from 2011, they end up in the same place, same exact date and time, which is some time in the 1950’s. We get to experience Epping’s life in this time period and follow him as he watches Lee Harvey Oswald to determine if he worked alone or with others to kill JFK.
While I was in college/right after and before I started this blog, I read a decent amount of Stephen King novels and this is honestly one of his best works. I’d even go as far to say it’s quite possibly one of the best books I’ve read in recent years. It’s long (about 800 pages), but definitely worth it. I ended up reading it in two sittings because I wasn’t able to finish it before having to return it. Kindle update: I read the first half on a regular book and the second half on the Kindle and I didn’t notice a difference in my reading experience, so that was good. I think I’m a Kindle convert!
The Hulu miniseries stayed true to the book with a few changes, and overall I equally enjoyed them both. I don’t think watching the miniseries before reading the book changed the experience for me. Kevin did the opposite and also enjoyed both. Overall, 11.22.63 is a mixture of some of Stephen King’s best qualities. He lets you get to know the characters on an intimate level, but also does an excellent job setting up a story and piquing your curiosity from beginning to end. I had a hard time putting this book down and would highly, highly recommend! It is long (let’s be real – what Stephen King novel isn’t), but so worth it.