Why this book?
The Stand will always be one of my favorite apocalyptic novels. The story not only tells of the struggle of the individual survivors of a great plague, but it shows the devastation and havoc that corruption—governmental and individual—can wreak on even the strongest of world powers. All it takes is one bad decision and the whole empire can come tumbling down. This was the first novel of its kind that I ever read—at the age of eleven, no less—and the genre remains my favorite to this day. The mood of the novel begins somewhat innocuously, but with a layer of insidiousness that many King novels have. It’s this prodding unease that is so characteristic of his writing style and that keeps you turning the pages.
The in-depth character studies are fascinating and they draw the reader in. You really care about what happens to them. King doesn’t focus only on the good and the evil characters, but he creates a complex web of every character in between which I find important. No person is entirely good or evil, and the epic struggle of this duality in the book makes it all-encompassing. Ultimately, the fight against good and evil, and our characters, condense around one really old woman in Colorado and one really bad guy in Vegas…and it totally works. The novel has something for everyone and you won’t want to put it down.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by virus and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.
Soon to be a television series.
'THE STAND is a masterpiece' (Guardian). Set in a virus-decimated US, King's thrilling American fantasy epic, is a Classic.
First come the days of the virus. Then come the dreams.
Dark dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of…