The Stand by Stephen King always sticks out to me as a book that was a big part of my reading experience. I read it as a teenager and can remember spending hours in my room at a time reading this book. At 1,439 pages It was probably the longest book I had ever read for enjoyment.
I have always been fascinated by the classic good vs evil stories and found myself devouring this book given it’s post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy label.
I fell in love with all the characters in the book. End of the world stories always got to me, because I would day dream lots about what I would do in that situation. Would I fend for myself, or would I work in a group for some higher purpose? What choices would I make? Would I kill someone if I had to, to stay alive? The dreams in this book were so vivid that I felt like I was having them. Growing up going to church I could relate with the fears (and dreams) the characters had of Randall Flagg (the devil) and awaited the dreams of Mother Abigail who embodied good. Thinking about this book gives me goosebumps! I am going to read it again!