★★★☆☆ Authors: Owen King, Stephen KingGenres: horror, thrillerPublisher: ScribnerPublished: 9/26/2017Page Count: 702In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is…I wanted to like this so much more. This book was actually the first in a long while that I had to put it down and come back to it. I think what was most frustrating for me in regards to Sleeping Beauties was the fact all the pieces were there, but they never fit for me. The story never felt like it flowed or came together in the way Stephen King can make it happen. I found it very easy to tell this was written by two different people, and as such, could tell when when things didn’t meet up or jive, and it was frustrating. The recipe was perfect. Women falling asleep mysteriously, violence and mayhem, debauchery, a mythical and omnipentent being full of mystery that you just want to peel apart. It was like the King’s put the ingredients on the table, dumped them all in the bowl, mixed, got me excited for the final product, and then left it there unfinished. Why 3 stars and not lower? Because despite there being too many characters, I loved most of them. The writing in itself wasn’t bad. It’s just good writing with good characters that never, for me, becomes cohesive. Not to mention personally, for me, the idea that women running the world would make it a utopia is ludicrous. Women are catty, bitchy, can backstab you and can be just as cruel and violent as a man. In my life the people I have had the most issues with have not been men, but with other women, and a world being surrounded by only them frightens me just as bad as the one with men in it. I appreciated the message being sent, but that also detracted overall for me. Too simple to say Men = war and anger an RAGE and women = the good. All in all, not a bad book, but not one I’d recommend and not one I’d be likely to pick back up, especially at the length it was. Could have shaved 200 pages off and likely been a better story.