Four novellas: Rage: A disturbed high-school student kills one of his teachers and takes the rest of his class hostage. Over the course of one long, tense and unbearable hot afternoon, Charlie Decker explains what led him to this drastic action while at the same time, he deconstructs and humiliates his classmates, forcing them to hidden fears and confessions. He calls this: ‘getting it on’…The Long Walk: In a futuristic dystopian America, governed by a tyrant known only as The Major, the big event is the Long Walk. Boys between the ages of 13 and 17 may enter – and only a hundred are chosen. The last one still walking get the Grand Prize – anything you want for the rest of your life. Bets are made on the competitors, crowds line the highways and it’s broadcast live on television, nation-wide. Once the Long Walk starts, it doesn’t stop – for anything or anyone. No rests, no breaks – any boy who stops walking for any reason is given a warning. Three warnings – and – well – you’re out… Roadwork: Barton Dawes’ unremarkable but comfortable existence suddenly takes a turn for the worst. Highway construction puts him out of work and simultaneously forces him out of his home. Dawes isn’t the sort of man who will take an insult of this magnitude lying down. His single-minded determination to fight the inevitable course of progress drives his wife and friends away while he tries to face down the uncaring bureaucracy that has destroyed his once-pleasant life. The Running Man: In a dystopian future in which the poor are seen as disposable creatures to use for the more unpleasant jobs and who are easily distracted by sensational Government-made FreeVee programmes. Ben Richards, a poor, out of work radical free-thinker watches his daughter Cathy grow sicker by the day. Desperate for money to pay Cathy’s medical bills, Ben applies for a chance on the FreeVee contest shows and finds that he is the right player for a reality game show called The Running Man. He gets one hundred New Dollars an hour – and all he has to do is evade Evan McCone and the Hunters and stay alive for thirty days, by any means possible.
The Bachman Books: Stephen King
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