Book Review #1 — The Stand
The Stand is an epic post-apocalyptic novel written by Stephen King. King released the edited version of it first and after a few years due to high demand, he released the uncut version of it. Here is a picture of my uncut version paperback, and lets straightaway jump into the good and bad aspects of the book !
Characters. Characters. Characters. I could go on and on typing Characters. This is a huge book of around 1300 pages which can be easily divided into two halves. Along these two halves, there are a lot of characters (i.e. primary characters and count on the other ones) and King takes advantage of the length of the book to his strength: writing relatable characters and defining a solid character arc. Laws yes ! Tom and Dayna were my favorite characters while Harold and Mother Abagail had very well written arcs. There were many standout chapters in this book like the one where it is depicted how the flu spreads from one person to another like a chain of events. Despite its length, King never fails to amaze you simply with what he does with characters and their surroundings. Now, there are two climaxes to the novel. The first one was acceptable but the second one was better, on how calm is maintained after the storm.
This book may be intimidating to some due to its length which typically can be used as a pillow. In the Good section where I was raving about King’s characters in this book, the antagonist here is not given a proper backstory or who he is or why he is behaving in this manner. He is really unpredictable and I believe this character is recurring in his other works too. The first climax was a bit sudden but I saw that coming only by looking at the remaining pages in the book.
If have read King or if you love detailing and character driven stories, then this book is definitely for you to grab. More importantly, the reality of the after-effects of the flu will leave a lot of thinking to do on your part. On the other hand, if you are expecting gripping turns and fast paced narrative, then this book is not for you.