Book Review: Gwendy’s Final Task (The Button Box #3)
I hope you’re enjoying your short week from Memorial Day. Things are just plugging along for me, so I don’t have much of a personal update for now. That being said, it’s time for another book review!
Though the second book wasn’t as good as the first, it was still a solid entertaining read, so I was amped to try this one out. How did it end up? Keep on reading for the review!
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The final book in the New York Times bestselling Gwendy’s Button Box trilogy from Stephen King and Richard Chizmar.
When Gwendy Peterson was twelve, a mysterious stranger named Richard Farris gave her a mysterious box for safekeeping. It offered treats and vintage coins, but it was dangerous. Pushing any of its seven colored buttons promised death and destruction. Years later, the button box entered Gwendy’s life again. A successful novelist and a rising political star, she was once again forced to deal with the temptation that box represented. Now, evil forces seek to possess the button box and it is up to Senator Gwendy Peterson to keep it from them at all costs. But where can you hide something from such powerful entities?
In Gwendy’s Final Task , “horror giants” (Publishers Weekly) Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take us on a journey from Castle Rock to another famous cursed Maine city to the MF-1 space station, where Gwendy must execute a secret mission to save the world. And, maybe, all worlds.
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I didn’t really know what to expect going into this third volume, but I was really happy with this conclusion to the series.
More years have passed, and Gwendy is in the beginning of her senior years. She’s enjoyed a successful writing and political career, but when Mr. Farris visits her one last time with a dire warning, she once again becomes the owner of the button box and is tasked with a daunting mission. Save the world. As her journey takes her to places unknown, Gwendy struggles to unravel the mystery of who wants the box while hiding her ailments from everyone so she can get rid of the box once and for all.
Something I’ve really enjoyed about this series is how unpredictable it has been, and this novel is no exception. At first I was a little leery of the main theme, but it made a lot of sense given what Gwendy finds out along the way.
Speaking of Gwendy, she really tugged at my heartstrings this time around. It was hard to see her struggling with something so many others deal with as they get older, and I think this ailment was handled perfectly in the writing.
I also really liked the new cast of characters we got to interact with along the way. They felt unique and three dimensional.
The plot was really well balanced and unpredictable. At the beginning the chapters vary between the recent past and the present, and there’s a lot of mystery built up as things progress. This novel definitely had more of a scifi feel to it than the others, and I really enjoyed that. I will say, there were some politics within that some may find bothersome, but it didn’t bug me since we’ve already had the second book to establish Gwendy’s worldview.
Ultimately, this was a stellar conclusion to the Button Box series, and I’m so glad I gave this a chance. If you like chills, thrills, and mystery, this series fits the ticket!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!