The final part in the Gwendy trilogy by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar is a great send-off to the series. The first book was a novella, called Gwendy’s Button Box that was co-written by King and Chizmar, the second book, Gwendy’s Magic Feather, was just Chizmar and then they’ve reunited for the final book.
Set in 2026, twenty-seven years after Gwendy’s Magic Feather, Gwendy is now a Junior Senator who is about to go into space with a secret mission, to send of the button box into deep space and to be rid of it once and for all. There are also people who want the box for themselves and will stop at nothing to get it from Gwendy.
The button box, if you’ve not read the series, is a mahogany box with a bunch of buttons on top that can cause devastating events around the world. There’s a button for each continent. There are also two leavers on either side of the box, one that will dispense magical chocolates that cure all ailments and one that will dispense rare and valuable dollars. Using the box for any reason is at a cost, which Gwendy knows all too well.
This is the longest book in the series, around four hundred pages, but it still flies by. We’ve followed Gwendy’s life from childhood when she first encountered the box, and this book shows her at sixty-four years old. It’s a great story that has you wanting to read more and more to find out what happens next. There’s some mysteries that keep you guessing and by this point, after two other books, it’s interesting just to find out what’s happened to Gwendy since last time.
For long-term Stephen King fans, this book is deeply set within the world he’s created. Like the previous books part of this one is set in Castle Rock, but this time it goes deeper into the rabbit hole. Looking at the cover, pictured above, you can see The Dark Tower makes an appearance, with a brief mention of The Crimson King, as well as the other worlds. There is a portion set in Derry with reference to a clown. It’s always a treat to revisit elements from his other books.
King and Chizmar have created a fitting ending for Gwendy’s story. It feels like the perfect ending and doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. There are some great twists and turns, a few tense moments and a great story at the centre of it all. It’s completely gripping, and like the previous books, I ended up reading it in almost one sitting.
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