I thought the book was an interesting read, and I was a bit curious to get my hands on it after learning the novel has the distinction of being the only book King allowed to go out of print. The one thing that really bothered me was how the students reacted to Decker. They actually seemed to like him and even took part in some violence themselves. I felt this was unrealistic. I also think it's important to keep in mind this was a pre-Columbine novel and unfortunately this piece of fiction is haunted by the numerous school shootings that have actually happened. It's impossible to read the book and not see it through the lens of reality.