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Started: Nov. 13, 2011
Finished: Nov. 30, 2011 (18 days)
Where Found: Chapters-Indigo
Why Read: Was recommended from several book bloggers
Summary: A group of 7 childhood friends come together again as adults in their haunted hometown of Derry, Maine to ward off a shapeshifting demon who has terrorized and killed over generations and was thought to have been vanguished but has returned after remaining silent for 25 years.
I was surprised to find that this novel is nearly as long as Stephen King's most massive undertakings, The Stand and Under the Dome yet in relatively the same number of pages, he weaves a story more focused on the gang of seven and less varied than the other massive doorstop novels with casts of characters bigger than a Kennedy family reunion.
Without the undertones of supernatural phenomena, It reads like a serial killer novel, but definitely not a typical one. The seven childhood friends all grow up to have successful jobs but each have a troubling personal problem that has lingered with them for most of their lives, from stuttering to psychosomatic disorder, to sexual abuse, and in a terrifying cycle, all are bound to relive the hauntings of their childhood at the hands of an otherworldly creature they thought they had vanquished.
Stan and Mike were my favourite characters: both awkward, shy, introverted outsiders to the gang of seven, yet vital to the story's progression, and the only two of the gang to have the strongest memories of their childhood encounters with It.
The ending comes off like a fairy tale (a bit dopey but it made me smile) and you come away thinking that things are bound to cycle back around again. It is a worthwhile read with an exciting and layered story. At least one character should remind you of someone you know from childhood--King has a penchant for writing diverse child characters so accurately. It didn't wow me as much as my follow-up read, Bag of Bones, but was a solid investment.
Rank: (A)- Very Enjoyable, Highly Recommend