The Stand – Stephen King
As chilling and brutal as you can expect. Stephen King really shines with The Stand. The readers are developing a relationship with characters which equals the bond between a child and its pet chicken. There are rules, though. Don’t get too close to the chicken, don’t play around with it, don’t give it a name, because you never know when it’s going to die in some horrible way and end up in your soup. I broke this rule and got too close to some of the characters. I was naïve enough to think that they’d be let to live in peace, just because they’d already suffered so much. There is no lid on the human pain. As it always happens, King took away my fantasy and replaced it with a somber world where life has lost its value. Not that I blame him. Somehow, he manages to make you enjoy all the pain and grief his characters go through.