The Waste Lands (Dark Tower Series #3)

The Waste Lands (Dark Tower Series #3)

by Stephen King

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Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba

The third volume in the #1 nationally bestselling Dark Tower Series, involving the enigmatic Roland (the last gunfighter) and his ongoing quest for the Dark Tower, is “Stephen King at his best” (School Library Journal).

Several months have passed since The Drawing of the Three, and in The Waste Lands, Roland’s two new tet-mates have become trained gunslingers. Eddie Dean has given up heroin, and Odetta’s two selves have joined, becoming the stronger and more balanced personality of Susannah Dean. But Roland altered ka by saving the life of Jake Chambers, a boy who—in Roland’s world—has already died. Now Roland and Jake exist in different worlds, but they are joined by the same madness: the paradox of double memories. Roland, Susannah, and Eddie must draw Jake into Mid-World and then follow the Path of the Beam all the way to the Dark Tower. There are new evils…new dangers to threaten Roland’s little band in the devastated city of Lud and the surrounding wastelands, as well as horrific confrontations with Blaine the Mono, the piratical Gasher, and the frightening Tick-Tock Man.

The Dark Tower Series continues to show Stephen King as a master of his craft. What lands, what peoples has he visited that are so unreachable to us except in the pages of his incredible books? Now Roland’s strange odyssey continues. The Waste Lands follows The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three as the third volume in what may be the most extraordinary and imaginative cycle of tales in the English language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501161827
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Series: Dark Tower Series , #3
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 19,816
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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JAKE HAD NO CLEAR memory of the time which followed, and that was probably merciful. He had left his world over a year before nine hundred people would commit suicide together in a small South American country called Guyana, but he knew about the periodic death-rushes of the lemmings, and what was happening in the disintegrating undercity of the Grays was like that.

There were explosions, some on their level but most far below them; acrid smoke occasionally drifted from the ventilator grilles, but most of the air-purifiers were still working and they whipped the worst of it away before it could gather in choking clouds. They saw no fires. Yet the Grays were reacting as if the time of the apocalypse had come. Most only fled, their faces blank O's of panic, but many had committed suicide in the halls and interconnected rooms through which the steel sphere led Roland and Jake. Some had shot themselves; many more had slashed their throats or wrists; a few appeared to have swallowed poison. On all the faces of the dead was the same expression of overmastering terror. Jake could only vaguely understand what had driven them to this. Roland had a better idea of what had happened to them-to their minds-when the long-dead city first came to life around them and then seemed to commence tearing itself apart. And it was Roland who understood that Blaine was doing it on purpose. That Blaine was driving them to it.

They ducked around a man hanging from an overhead heating-duct and pounded down a flight of steel stairs behind the floating steel ball.

"Jake!" Roland shouted. "You never let me in at all, did you?"

Jake shook his head.

"I didn't think so. It was Blaine."

They reached the bottom of the stairs and hurried along a narrow corridor toward a hatch with the words ABSOLUTELY NO ADMITTANCE printed on it in the spiked letters of the High Speech.

"Is it Blaine?" Jake asked.

"Yes-that's as good a name as any."

"What about the other v-"

"Hush!" Roland said grimly.

The steel ball paused in front of the hatchway. The wheel spun and the hatch popped ajar. Roland pulled it open, and they stepped into a huge underground room which stretched away in three directions as far as they could see. It was filled with seemingly endless aisles of control panels and electronic equipment. Most of the panels were still dark and dead, but as Jake and Roland stood inside the door, looking about with wide eyes, they could see pilot-lights coming on and hear machinery cycling up.

"The Tick-Tock Man said there were thousands of computers," Jake said. "I guess he was right. My God, look!"

Roland did not understand the word Jake had used and so said nothing. He only watched as row after row of panels lit up. A cloud of sparks and a momentary tongue of green fire jumped from one of the consoles as some ancient piece of equipment malfunctioned.

Most of the machinery, however, appeared to be up and running just fine. Needles which hadn't moved








Oy looked up briefly at the sound of his name.


There was a moment of silence, broken only by the steady hard throb of the slo-trans turbines, bearing them on across the waste lands, bearing them on toward Topeka, the place where Mid-World ended and End-World began.


—from The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III by Stephen King, copyright © 1991, 2003 Stephen King, published by Viking Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., all rights reserved, reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Waste Lands 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 540 reviews.
JUSTIN Roberts More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book but the digital copy could be better edited by a 7th grade child. Very poor copy.
Jon Pearson More than 1 year ago
Just to clear up a few things. Yes, there are some typographical mistakes in this book, but it's not bad at all (and that sort of thing bothers me). There's all of perhaps 5-10 misspellings throughout the entire book along side a handfull of inappropriate periods. The misspellings are simple too; things like "tne" instead of "the", or "uncomfortabte" instead of "uncomfortable". Yes, there are a few errors in the editing; but nothing that will distract you from the story. As for the story itself; I found the first portion to be a little slow; but the entire 2nd half was truly a great read. From the moment with the mansion forward, it was not one I wanted to stop reading. Don't skip this one just because of a few people complaining about a lack of 'perfect' formatting. It's really not bad at all.
tia1106 More than 1 year ago
About 100 pages are missing from the ebook version (the last 20 chapters of Part V). Really annoying to have to pick up the paper version in order to get caught up! This is why I have a nook! If this wasn't re-read of the series, I would have just been confused as to how Jake reappears from nowhere. Product problems aside, another great book in my favorite series of all time.
Reader4Lyf More than 1 year ago
This book is missing a few chapters in my download so be aware. It is missing the chapters between where Eddie and Susannah are heading to Blaine and the four of them actually get on the train. The chapters missing include Jake and the tick tock man and Blaine's introduction to Eddie and Sussannah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, but the editing is terrible. There are periods in the middle of sentences, and misspelled words aplenty. I find this very distracting while reading. I am disappointed that someone in the editing department could overlook all of these mistakes. I am planning on getting in touch with the publisher about this issue. If you don't mind being distracted with unnecessary punctuation and trying to decipher words, then I would recommend this edition. But if you're like me, it will just frustrate the heck out of you.
Lou Fisher More than 1 year ago
this the third in the darktower series gets you to a more comfortable place with roland the gunslinger who is quickly becoming not the last of his kind, as the story unfolds, you find yourself drawn towards the trio and the quest, getting involed in thier lives, loves and never ending dangers! it makes me want the next book more and more, even if this is not the first, second or third time reading it, the feeling is just as intense now as it was the first read some twenty plus years ago, just a awesome tale!!
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CarisaTX More than 1 year ago
I've been a Stephen King fan for years but have never really been interested in the gunslinger series. My husband has read all 7 books and has wanted me to read them... So, I started at the beginning, of course, with The Gunslinger. That one is a bit slow, but The Drawing of Three is very good, and The Wastelands even better! You fall in love with the characters and the action keeps you wanting to know what happens next. I am officially hooked on the Dark Tower series! You will be, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is actually my favorite put of the first three that i have read. This series is a must have for anybody 15 and older
Wines01 More than 1 year ago
I decided to re-read all the Dark Tower books, starting at the very beginning, to acquaint myself again with the story before reading the newest Dark Tower book. I'm very glad I did! The characters are so artfully woven together in only a way Stephen King can do. I am enjoying it more now than when they were first published. I HIGHLY recommend picking up the series and taking a ride along the Beam to the Dark Tower.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right now I'm reading Wolves of the Calla and I have to say that, so far, The Waste Lands is the best book in the series. It answers lots of questions (creating new ones in the process :D) so the expansion of the DT universe is almost as big as it is in Wizard And Glass. However, the best thing about the book is the thrilling first half (goose flesh guaranteed!)... The letdown is that maybe the excitement decreases in the second half... but the story it's still gripping!
Linux More than 1 year ago
The story continues to hold me captive. 66% completed The only things driving me completely mad are the random periods everywhere and the enormous amount of misspelled words. I know its not King's doing and thats the ONLY thing that has kept me from throwing my Nook and just go buy the rest of the series all over again in paperback.
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pingobarg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
great series, i recommend it to anyone who ever had even a nodding acquantance with walt whitman
Anagarika on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Blaine is a pain." What else can I say?
Phyrexicaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chose four stars because I did "really like" it. Even more Stephen King brand weirdness than the second book, but that aside, well written, and it pulls you along. Didn't take long to devour the 500-odd pages.
phaga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could have done without this book. Not that it was horrible or anything, I still had fun reading it, but it just feels like the weakest link in the series.
JohnMunsch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not bad at all. King obviously feels comfortable with his characters and none of the books feels cranked out or a simple retread of what we've already read.
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third installment of The Dark Tower series, which ends with one heck of a cliffhanger. I think the first three books of the series are absolutely the strongest, and while you will want to go on and read Wizard and Glass to resolve the story, the novels become noticeably weaker after this.
bardsfingertips on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finally: the novel happens. The landscape of the world in which the Gunslinger lives and treks changes and becomes more real to the reader. Two more characters permanently (one is a boy from New York City and the other a small animal called a billy-bumbler that mimics back human words with a sense of intelligence) join up with the Gunslinger's group.Some post-apocalyptic machinery takes place which takes the story from a Dalí-esque desert to a sci-fi analogue of a city (much like New York) in ruin that is governed by violent acts between two gangs of self-destructive marauders.I enjoyed this volume very much¿I just feel it was titled incorrectly. The actual land o' waste doesn't actually happen until the last 50 pages or so¿and I felt it was far too under-described¿but this is understandable considering the circumstances of Blain the Train¿ Still, I was expecting a Waste Land, and not just mere glimpses. Maybe this gets explored a bit in the next book(s)? We shall see!
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SK is tryiing for the university short list and eternal fame with this seven-book epic based on the poem by Robert Browning "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came." @The trouble is that the same thing that made anything he publishes turn to gold for him and everyone around him and his creations is the thing that probabl will keep him out of the university discussions. That quality is earthiness. Of course, he may surprise us all and become another Geoffrey Chaucer, known for period ribaldry and sexually-laced humour and violence. The series is a nut above normal for King, however, and this rsader is beginning to like these guys he keeps ujs stuck with -- not so much Roland himself, as he is stoo Godlike in protraiture, but Jeff and Oy for sure, and Susannah and whatsis name as well. That tells you lsomething, doesn't it? That I do not have a solid enogh picture of whatsis name to give you his name. I do not remember it. In fact, if you ask me out of the blue who the khet-ka team was, I wouldn't include him at all.The introduction of lRandall Flagg (and many other names) in the end of this book pjulled aside the curtains. This seven book series is an elaborately drawn ep0ic of THE STAND. What's that old song: "I can't ghet you out of my mind."?
nightcrawler78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Wastelands was ok. Not my favorite in the series but an enjoyable book nonetheless.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So far this is my favorite in the series. The characterizations are strange but fascinating, and I loved the riddle plots and seeing more of the world that is passing away. Onward...
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never knew there could be so much walking in a book! For me it seemed this was a cross between The Wizard of Oz, Ghostbusters, and some weird fairy tale kid's book. I just didn't get it.
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My second favorite of the Dark Tower series. Really started to pull things together. Blaine Blaine.