The Stand by Stephen King is thrilling and chilling, but it’s also thought provoking. While The Stand is about good versus evil, it’s also a story that makes you think about the kind of person you are now and the kind of person you would want to be during and after an apocalyptic event or any kind of disastrous situation. It’s about choices, and it’s about knowing which side your bread is buttered on. It’s about taking your own personal stand based on love and hope and not on hatred and terror.
The characters are well developed, and it’s interesting to note (especially in the beginning) that the ones who are immune to the superflu seem to be society’s so-called misfits. You don’t get that sense later as more and more ‘survivors’ gather, but it makes you think about your fellow man and woman, especially the ones you disdain as different or odd or bad or disabled. While the actual stand doesn’t play out as I expected, the scenes are appropriate and make perfect sense. As Tom Cullen might say, “M-O-O-N, that spells one fine book. Laws, yes!”
“Love didn’t grow very well in a place where there was only fear, just as plants didn’t grow very well in a place where it was always dark.” ~ from chapter 67