The Stand Book Review

The Stand Book Review

The Stand is a bit of an oddity when it comes to Stephen King books. His books are often centered around a horrifying monster or murderer, but The Stand is different. The Stand, instead of fear-mongering to gain interest, tells a classic story of good and evil, but with a twist.

It is set in America during 1984, just after a deadly strain of influenza has escaped from a government facility that had been modified for biological warfare. But, it is more than just a deadly strain of influenza. The Devil is once more present in the world, as the strain of influenza was his way of creating the apocalypse that the Bible foretold. The story follows the few survivors left and how they cope with the collapse of the entire world and the fight between good and evil.

If you have ever read a Stephen King book, you should would know that his writing is fantastic, but this book is often said to be his piece de resistance. The exciting start kept me interested in the book, but after reading the next few chapters I was heavily invested in all of the characters’ storylines and was very curious to see how everything would play out once each of the characters finally intervenes. The next couple hundred pages are a fantastic slow burn that leads to an epic conclusion when the forces of good and evil finally reveal themselves fully.

I would recommend this book to more mature readers, as Stephen King isn’t afraid to deal with heavier topics. If you can handle darker material, this book can be for either gender and for any age above thirteen. So if you are in need of a good, long, book that won’t bore you, try out The Stand. You won’t be disappointed.