As hinted on some of the covers for the book it has connections to The Dark Tower and as it turns out the box is wanted by those who want to destroy the tower. We see Low Men in Yellow Coats in the book and we see other connections to The Dark Tower universe as well. Are they needed? Do they work? I would say yes to both of those questions even though they do feel a bit squeezed in. I feel that they could have been developed a bit further in the plot. Now things move a bit fast, and it leaves some questions unanswered. Like why haven’t they gone after the box much earlier? Why wait until it was too late?
We also get to hear how the box is responsible for the Corona virus and a lot of other things and it really is a scary box that is for sure.
The Gwendy books are a bit different from what we’re used to from King and I guess it’s because he’s collaborating with Richard Chizmar here (who wrote the second book without King) and I get a feeling that the books are more Chizmar than King actually but I don’t know that for sure. And that’s not a bad thing. I like the books, but they are special and not the usual King book. It’s hard to put the finger on what’s different but they feel a bit easier to read and they are also quite short.