This post is the last of three updates for the Carrie Read-a-Long. It covers part 3 of the book, called Wreckage. Part 1 is here, and part 2 is here. This post will contain spoilers. You have been warned!
Part 3 of Carrie is very short, only 9 pages in my edition, and is basically an epilogue. It's quite different from the rest of the book. While part 1 was filled with foreshadowing, and part 2 is pure action, part 3 is the quiet aftermath. It consists entirely of excerpts from the books about the Carrie White incident that have been quoted throughout the book. It's essentially a description of how the town has failed to bounce back from the tragedy.
I like that this part was included. It makes perfect sense that a small town would not easily recover from the death of so many people, including so many children. Think how much of the population must have lost someone in their own families. There would just be too much grief all concentrated in one place.
As for final thoughts, I loved this book, just as I loved The Shining. I have officially become a Stephen King fan.
Oh, and I happened to pick up both 'Salem's Lot and Misery at the Children's Hospital Book Sale, so I'll definitely be taking part in the read-a-longs for those in October and November!