Wow - I have been missing for awhile! I have read a few books, but one was huge and took me a long time. Let's start with that one.
The book I am reviewing is: The Stand
This was under the category: Book Originally Published the Decade You Were Born
This is the story of good versus evil. A patient escapes from a testing facility where everyone has died from whatever has been released into the air by accident. He makes it half way across the country before he stops - too sick to continue. Along the way he has infected anyone he has come in contact with. They call it "the flu". There are few people who are immune. Everyone else dies of the flu within a week or so of becoming infected.
The people who remain form two groups. One is lead by 108 year old Abigail Freeman who follows God's calling. The others are lead by Randall Flagg who represents the devil. These two people come to the remaining survivors through dreams - calling them to join them. In the end, there is a stand against evil to help restore humanity.
This is one of my favorite stories that Steven King wrote. I try to read at least one of his big books each summer. (this one was a whopping 1100 pages). I have seen the TV miniseries and love it. IT is a great story, and exactly how I imagine it would go if the population was invaded by a deadly disease and what was left were people who were good and people who weren't.
I definitely recommend this book. Yes, it is a doozy to read, but you will not be sorry.