IT follows the lives of the losers club and other residents of Derry, a fictional town in Maine that seems to have an underlying supernatural aura to it. The losers club comprises of 7 children who are linked together because they are all outsiders who have encountered “IT”, a being that manifests into a child’s worst fear and then tries to eat the child. In the case of the losers club, they all survive their encounters with IT and realize that IT is the force behind the string of child murders happening in their town and resolve to defeat IT.
the novel takes place in two timelines, the first following the death of one of the losers club’s younger sibling, and then 27 years later, when one member of the LC realizes that IT is at it again.
If you have read other SK novels, you will see similar plot points in this one: bullies who are menacing beyond belief, intuitive children who seem to see things adults can’t, a suburban setting and supernatural forces that control humans to do their evil bidding on other humans who are onto them.
The horror aspects of this book (atleast for me) were overshadowed by the coming-of-age aspects. This book deals alot with the friendships within the LC and how tragedy and a similar fear or motviator can bring people together. It also promoted an idea of overcoming one’s fears and standing up for yourself.
that being said, I’ve always enjoyed SK’s dramas over his horrors and that could be why I was more drawn into the coming of age aspects.
In terms of the horror, there was also some slight influence from Indigenous religion(s?), especially when it talked about the turtle. There were a few memorable scenes with IT, however it felt lack-luster towards the end, as it became harder and harder for me to take IT seriously.
I also had a problem with the one female in the loser’s club. She existed simply to be the pretty girl that helped explored the characters sexuality or only really existed in relation to the men in the novel and did not seem to hold herself up on her own.
That being said, the pros definitely outweighed the cons.
Even though it’s a long book, it was really easy to get absorbed into and read several pages in one sitting.
The narrative style when switching between the two timelines was done extremely well, the characters (except for the one female) felt real and fleshed out and overall this was a jam-packed horror novel with an amazing coming-of-age element to it.
Recommended Readings if you enjoyed It:
The Turtle Boy (Timmy Quinn #1) By Kealan Patrick Burke
20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa, Translated By Akemi Wegmüller
This book is part of my No Book Left Behind Project.