Review: The Stand

The Stand book cover

The Stand by Stephen King

Rating: 2/5


This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen.



I went for the uncut edition(and regretted). I’ve never been this relieved after finishing a book! I’ve mulled on it for more than two weeks. Not even Game of Thrones had me for so long. I read The Stand during the time I was hooked with post-apocalyptic stories(thank you TWD for starting the craze). This was an excellent depiction of how the world has ended and what happened after. However, I struggled on the slow-paced plot and the theological aspect. If you’re going to pick this up expecting action and thrill, you’ll get a few. It felt more like a theological narrative rather than a thriller. Characters are being chosen rather than them choosing for themselves between good and evil. So much religious stuff going on and apparently the backbone of the whole story. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t find it enjoyable. There’s beauty in a theological plot, but only with the right story to go with it. Say, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, also by Stephen King that I loved so very much! While I enjoyed the first part of the story(before and during the virus breakout), the chapters that followed seemed to drag. There are parts that are really dull and irrelevant. And for such an enormous book, I’d expected an epic ending at least… Oh dear… (spoiler ahead)
If there’s one thing I liked about this book, it was the characters. They were well-developed and likable. Each with an impressive background and personality. Like that would help them in the fight against evil. Well, they f*cking died, without giving a fight. Yeah, through an accidental explosion. Sad. So, in the end, they looked like a bunch of people who followed their fate blindly and died. They were sacrificed for the greater good. Did I just go through all 1100 pages for THAT?!

2 thoughts on “Review: The Stand

  1. I just finished reading King’s book on writing, and he talked about writing The Stand in one section. Although I’ve never read the book, I think I would agree with what you’re saying- the virus sounds really cool, but the theology seems out of place.
    Cool review!

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  2. I have read both the regular edition and the uncut edition, I have no idea why I did this other than I am a glutton for punishment. Thank god Stephen King has an editor. The uncut edition was ridiculously slow, long-winded and painful to read. It took me a month of slogging. I agree wholeheartedly with your review.

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