by Stephen King
Reviewed by Jonathan L., grade 12
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, The Stand hosts an array of amazing and unforgettable characters: Stuart Redman, Abigail Freemantle, Trashcan Man, Nick Andros, Tom Cullen, Randall Flagg (just to name a few). These and many more traverse the length of America after a super flu called Captain Trips decimates 99 percent of humanity. Two sides emerge after the aftermath of the virus. On one side, there is Abigail Freemantle, the oldest woman alive who can still make her own bread. She believes and is strengthened by the hand of God. On the other side, residing in the city of sin itself, Vegas, is Randall Flagg, the apotheosis of evil. An epic battle between these two erupts, but the real question is: who will stand?
The Stand is by far the greatest post-apocalyptic epic I have ever read. Its amazing characters each has his or her own fleshed-out back story. The beginning is long, and many people may have a hard time keeping up with who is who, but in the end, The Stand is an amazing literary rollercoaster. The chemistry between each and every character is so well done that it doesn’t feel over-bloated in any way. The Stand receives a 5 from me based on all these reasons. The story itself may be simple (good versus evil), but in The Stand, it’s all about character. I recommend this to anyone who actually has the patience to read a book whose uncut version is over a thousand pages long. Keep in mind, though, that it is mainly for mature audiences, due to the graphic content it contains.
Editor's note: Obviously this one has come out in many editions--more than those pictured here! I always find it interesting to see how artwork concepts change over the years, with the publishers trying to decide what will appeal to the reader this year (or decade).