In the Long Walk 100 teenage boys walk from the Canadian/Maine border and down the east coast until one boy is left standing. The main character is Maine’s own Ray Garraty and we follow him as he tries to outlast the 99 other young men. They get canteens of water whenever they like, but only get concentrated food, like the astronauts use, 9:00 every morning. Walkers have to walk at least 4 mph the whole way and if they fall under this speed then they are given a warning. You get three warnings and on the fourth you are shot by army personnel who patrol the whole way. At the end, the lone survivor is not only given money for the rest of his life, but also granted one wish of anything they’d like.
I rate this book, on a scale of 1-10, a 10/10. I felt like I was walking beside Garraty the whole way. Every time he was thirsty, I was literally thirsty. Every time he could hear his stomach growl, I heard mine and every time he was sleepy I felt my head start to dip until it snapped back up. Stephen King had a masterpiece in this. By the time I was done reading, I was so into the story that I felt a depression when one of the kids was killed, because I felt as I was the one watching it and I felt as if they were my friends.