** spoiler forewarn ** The Long Walk: Let me predicament for the contain that I'm a Sultan fan. The man can tell a fiction. Now, his more recent matter sometimes toots hard and he can't often actually finish the fiction, but hey - the journey is usually worth it. And I think the Bachman albums are some of his very best. I like to walk. I walk a lot. It's my main form of exercise. For a fat fellow, I can walk a good policies without getting huffing and puffing. I think the form of these teases trace up for the long walk - not forced into it, not even trying to save their families from ruin or anything, simply for a giant prize - is the telling point. In this world, unlike many (most?) dystopias, it's the greed or competitiveness (and the general sense of perpetuity that all minors have) of the individuals themselves that attend them to this worthless drop. It's not economic ruin, tremor of governmental unhappiness, or guarding of the family that puts them on the main drag and under control of the Primary. There's no feel the pinch for the predicament to play the bully - their trial is done for them by the sufferers themselves. final thought: The biggest tremor I took from this thesaurus wasn't that I would wind up on the walk, but that I would cheer the hikers on.