The Stand

· Sold by Anchor
3.1K reviews

About this ebook

#1 BESTSELLER • NOW A PARAMOUNT+ LIMITED SERIES • 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.

One of The Atlantic’s Great American Novels of the Past 100 Years! This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition.

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.

"A master storyteller."—Los Angeles Times

Ratings and reviews

3.1K reviews
Danielle Lambert
May 25, 2023
King preys on everyone's worst nightmares, big and small, and sometimes those ones you don't know about until they smack you in the face. This page-gripping, just one more chapter, pragmatic horror story is one for the records! It had my heart thumping and my claws in deep from the first chapter and I couldn't put it down. Although there are many characters to follow, they are easy to keep track of once you get going. You may lose sleep at night while you grip each page...
Did you find this helpful?
Rosemary Wessel
April 5, 2024
I read this book when I was young, and I loved it. It is very long book and I couldn't quit reading it till it was done. That of course is when he caught me. I have been a fan ever since. Now I have noticed that his new books kinda just lay there a little bit. But he is older now and lost some of his fire and passion. I think that his gift is in his characters. His stories are usually good, but it used to be his sparks, no one seems to notice this in him.
Did you find this helpful?
Mivan Howard
July 22, 2023
Exceptional. King is a master at developing and maintaining a sense of dread in his work. Interestingly, the book could be broken up into two sections. the first half has one set of themes and the second half has another. but they tie together well enough.
Did you find this helpful?

About the author

STEPHEN KING is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Rate this ebook

Tell us what you think.

Reading information

Smartphones and tablets
Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.
Laptops and computers
You can listen to audiobooks purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.
eReaders and other devices
To read on e-ink devices like Kobo eReaders, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Follow the detailed Help Center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.