Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
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.)
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
More than 40 years after its 1978 publication, this postapocalyptic horror epic remains an essential read. Stephen King imagines a 20th-century America where a man-made pandemic has killed 99 percent of the population, leaving survivors to reestablish society. The savage morality tale that ensues is consummate King: characters so alive they blink, grisly but funny vignettes about death, and sharp observations of humanity’s darkest impulses. If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because pop-dystopian hits like The Walking Dead owe The Stand a major debt.
Survivors of a chemical weapon called superflu confront pure evil in this updated and even more massive version of King's 1978 saga. ``The extra 400 or so pages . . . make King's best novel better still,'' said PW. `` A new beginning adds verisimilitude to an already frighteningly believable story, while a new ending opens up possibilities for a sequel . ''
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My favorite book!
The Stand by Stephen King is by far my favorite book of all time. The epic scope of all those pages wraps the reader in a secure blanket. This book will terrify, it will raise your hopes, it will force you to shed a tear and reexamine our world. The characters are all people you know and have known all your life, so reading this book is like a reunion. I have read this novel more than a dozen times since it was first released. Revisiting it every now and again is like taking a long trip home. The iBooks version is true to Mr. King's expanded edition with every word. Using an iPad to read a book of this size and scope was a joy. This was my first iBook and what a treat. Thank you Stephen King for this novel. It has helped make me a better man.
One of King’s Best
If you haven’t read this before, do yourself a favor and buy the edited and abridged version. I have both books- abridged and unabridged- in hardback, and I bought this one because it was on sale. I skipped countless pages. I should’ve bought the shorter ebook. (FIVE STARS FOR THE FULLY EDITED & ABRIDGED COPY OF THE STAND!!)
It's Dante's Inferno, the book of Revelations, and a Johnny Cash song all rolled into one!
An excellent book filled to the brim with vibrant description of all around it (admittedly there was some description that i could have done without). However it does seem a bit disappointing at the end... (SPOILER ALERT!!! !PU SWOLB LLA TI) Very slow but Stu and Tom's journey home was very well done, if a little tough to read at times. Over all, a good read and an excellent book.