The Stand was originally written in 1978 and updated in 1990, but even in 2016, King's vision depicting a pandemic of apocalyptic proportions caused by an escaped biological weapon is as eerily compelling as it was 30 years ago. Over 99% of the U.S. succumbs to the lethally engineered virus, but for a select few, what seems to be the end is only the beginning. The survivors begin to experience intense dreams; one of a 108-year-old woman who radiates righteous goodness, the other of the 'dark man'-- a malevolent entity who may not be human at all. It becomes clear that those who are left in the aftermath are expected to choose a side and make their stand to see what fate will ultimately befall the human race. There are plenty of bone-chilling moments here to satiate any horror fan, but with its darkly religious themes, profoundly complex characters, and masterful depiction of the struggle between good and evil, this book is nothing short of an epic.
A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors who, while experiencing dreams of a battle between good and evil, move toward an actual confrontation as they migrate to Boulder, Colorado.