The Stand
Published October 3, 1978
Written by Stephen King
Rating 3 out of 5

Last summer when I decided to read, The Stand, I honestly didn’t know if I’d be able to finish it. You know, since it’s set during and after a deadly pandemic, Captain Trips, kills 99% of the population. And unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that we have all been living in a pandemic since March of last year. Did I mention I’m also immunocompromised? Needless to say I didn’t know if I would be triggered or not.

This is a great novel. However, if I’m being honest I wish that it would have been published as multiple books over the course of several years. Especially since Stephen King is so heavy on unnecessary descriptions. It almost felt like he spent more time going on these random tangents instead of pushing the story along. Not to mention there is a vast amount of characters that didn’t feel as developed in the novel. Such as Nadine’s character. Yes I do understand she had to feel somewhat distant from the reader; however, she has such a complex story of wanting to do good, even struggling at times as the darkness pulls her near.