Stephen King’s Revival follows Jamie Morton, a boy who throughout the years, crosses pathes with his old minister, Charles Jacobs, a peculiar man who performs experiments on subjects using “secret electricity”, an unspoken power that provides Jacobs with near-godlike abilities.
Jacob’s experiments have marvelous results. The secret electricity can do things like cure cancer, make people walk again, return sight to the blind, and much more.
Jamie tracks Jacobs’ rise to cult fame by through his experiments. Each individual Jacobs has ‘cured’ seem to experience strange side effects.
Jamie finds himself personally drawn to Jacobs because he too was cured by Jacobs’ secret electricity as a young man.
Jacobs is building up to perform one final experiment. A twisted take on the premise of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Jacobs aims to bring a terminally ill woman back to life…but the results may ‘shock’ even Jacobs.
This story not only borrows elements from Frankenstein, but King was inspired by Arthur Machen’s The Great God Pan, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
It’s old-timey horror; a simplistic, easy-to-follow story that spans decades. As a reader, we are drawn to Jamie Morton and all of the secondary characters in this story. We watch them all grow up and we see how their lives unfold.
And the layer that winds its way through everyone’s lives like a snake constricting its prey is Charles Jacobs, the mad scientist / former Church minister who denounces God and creates his own religion. He plays God, but God bites back.
Revival is a fun read. It’s classic Stephen King with a cosmic twist.
FINAL SCORE: 3 out of 5