The Stand

Stephen King

fiction fantasy horror science fiction
adventurous dark medium-paced

1153 pages | first published 1978

Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting--eerily plausible--as when it was first published. The New York Times called it the book that has everything. Adventure. Romance. Prophecy. Allegory. Satire. Fantasy. Realism. Apocalypse. Great

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A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world's population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge--Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them--and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.

(This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The Stand The Complete And Uncut Edition.)

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dark 94%
adventurous 77%
tense 65%
emotional 45%
mysterious 41%
challenging 33%
sad 32%
reflective 20%
hopeful 17%
funny 7%
inspiring 3%
informative 1%
lighthearted 0%


slow 52%
medium 43%
fast 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Character: 25% | Plot: 13%

Strong character development?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 5%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 47% | It's complicated: 39% | No: 12% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 53% | No: 33% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 70% | No: 14% | It's complicated: 13% | N/A: 0%

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