The Stand Book Summary and Study Guide

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It's about 1985, and a deadly plague has struck the world, killing off a lot of the population. But for the survivors, it's not over yet. For there is a evil that is present. And it will all come down to a battle between the good and the evil. A final stand.
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The review of this Book prepared by Megan

Following the apocalyptic collapse of society after the world is devastated by the "super-flu", a band of gritty survivors must battle not only the aftershocks of the calamity, but must also find a way to defeat a growing evil faction which wants to take over the decimated world. It is a world of horrors and what's even worse, it just might fall under the control of a man (?) that appears to be the devil personified. Perhaps the best of Stephen King's earlier works.
The review of this Book prepared by Bill Brumlow

This book is you basic battle of good against evil. A killer virus is unleashed in the U.S. and the ensuing trauma divides the few hundred remaining survivors into two camps. Great suspense, exciting read.
The review of this Book prepared by Pam Murphy

This book was rather good, though it was quite lengthy. It also had a very unsatisfying ending, that I despised.
The review of this Book prepared by John Arterbury

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very humorous    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   story of bio weapon/virus Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror Story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest    -   West City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   fright    -   radiation    -   biohazard/virus Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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