“Lots of steps. Long way to go.”

Two of the Bachman books describe competitions where the loser risks to lose his life. The Long Walk is very powerful work, telling the story of a hundred young men setting out on a marathon “promenade” – a competition held yearly by the government – which only one of them will finish. As in Rage, the interest lies not only in the dark and violent situation but in what people talk about along the way.