Title: The Stand
Author: Stephen King
Original Publication Date: 1978 / 1991
Date I First Read: 1991 / 1991
Basic Category: Fiction / Apocalypse
Basic Summary: A virus gets out of a government facility (because in this particular version of the world, a creature known as Randall Flagg makes this happen) and spreads through the world in a matter of days. 99% of the world’s population dies. The survivors pick a side and gather together to fight the forces of evil.
Note there is the first version, which was heavily edited and published in 1978. I read this book early in 1991. Then the expanded “uncut” edition came out the following summer. I had to wait in line to get that one from the library! I savored it when I finally got my hands on it. Fortunately it was during the summer so that I had time to read it before school started again.
What I Remember About the Book: Stu and Fran. The baby. Mother Abigail. The flu spreading. Nick Andros. (No, I didn’t name my son after him. I didn’t even think about that until now.) Harold.
What I Took Away From the Book: Worry about what I would do if I would survive (be immune) such a disaster. My asthma was not very much under control at the time. I realized that I would have to break into a few pharmacies and take all of the albuterol inhalers I could get my hands on to keep myself alive.
And learn how to ride a motorcycle, even though I dislike motorcyles.
Rating (1-5 stars): 4.5 (The lack of good well-written women, even twenty years ago as a teen bothered me. However, I still liked the whole story very much!)