It takes a lot for any one book to be picked up and read. For myself, more than having an interesting cover picture, there has to be something that grabs my attention when reading the description on the back or inside cover of the book. But to go back and read a book again, well, then you know it’s good.

I read The Langoliers by Stephen King when I was in high school. It was the first book of his that I read and because of The Langoliers I became an avid Stephen King fan. Another huge point that drew me back to this book after almost fifteen years is how well Stephen King put all the pieces that made up the plot of this book together – the characters, the predicament, the resolution all make you feel like you are there, living through the battle along with the characters. For an aspiring writer trying to learn the tricks of the trade, there is no better piece of fiction to draw from then The Langoliers.

The story starts off with Brian Engel completing his flight from Tokyo to LAX only to learn that his ex-wife, whom he has been divorced from for over a year, has died in Boston. Having already spent several hours flying across the Pacific he hitches a ride on the next available red-eye to Boston. Just before take off he is notified, along with the rest of the passengers and crew, that the Aurora Borealis has been spotted over the Mojave Desert. Instead of staying up to watch the light show, Brian falls asleep only to wake up an hour or so later into the flight to the sound of a girl screaming. Drowsy and confused Brian is immediately stumped as to why the plane seems to be empty, except for him and the screaming girl and a hand-full of others that we are introduced to later. The only clue as to what happened to the rest of the people on board come in the form of wrist watches, earings and other personal belongings that seem to be left behind on the planes seat in place of their owners.

From there the story races at a grizzly pace as the passengers struggle to understand what has not only happened to the other passengers on the plane but also to the people on the ground, for as they continue their trip from LAX to Boston they are greeted by no city light on the ground and no other planes in the sky, the entire world seems to have been abandoned, leaving the passengers of this one plane the sole inhabited of the earth.

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