As I understand it, Stephen King wrote The Stand after reading Lord of the Rings. Here you will find the same epic qualities: final confrontation with an ancient evil, the following of multiple viewpoints, and a variety of scenes and landscapes. What made this book intriguing for me is the realistic premise - i.e. the World wiped out by a manmade super-virus. Seeing civilization implode from the safety of your home always makes interesting fiction. One thing that really drew me into this book was King's use of real locations around the country: New York, Las Vegas, Boulder and the Jersey Turnpike were among those present. The religious war that broke out between the survivors was pretty well written, too. I recommend this book for the sheer joy of reading it. The only bad thing I can think to say is that although I really enjoyed reading it, I really didn't learn anything I didn't know before picking it up. Still, that's the case with a great number of books people read. Don't let that stop you here.
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