I know this won't be helpful, but just get this book. If you are 12, 25, 75 or any age in between. Period.
Not sure I can even finish this one. The whole premise of the story is that White, Christian Texans are just frothing at the mouth to kill black "thugs" whether or not they're guilty. Has this guy ever looked at who is on death row in Texas or any of the other 37 states who condone capital punishment?
It's a semi-decent story which is why I gave it 2 stars, but I'm getting really tired of the ridiculous stereotypes.
If you want to read a thinly veiled liberal lecture on the evils of capital punishment, go for it.
The book was a good read, and it kept my interest reasonably well, but it didn't leave a very good taste in my mouth. Several problems that I observed:
1. The most intelligent characters in the town are still pretty stupid. The story is full of stereotypes such as "all Christians are either hypocrites or psychopaths." Also, when people starting making sense they "started sounding less Republican." OK, King, I get it: Christian = Republican = stupid. I'm pretty tired of the stereotype.
2. The book is unnecessarily gory and vulgar to the point of seemingly taking joy in narrating the horrors that befall the people of the small town. *SPOILER ALERT* In the end, what is the point of killing off some of the children? It's like King wanted to see the dome in place just long enough to see a couple more kids die within hours of being rescued. WTF? The whole book seemed like a desperate attempt at shock value and ironically, it ended up only desensitizing. I found myself being pretty into it for the first 2/3, but as the horrors mounted including what seemed like totally superfluous accounts of minor characters' deaths, I pulled back and eventually by the end of the book, I just wanted it to be over.
3. The writing at times had literary merit, but overall it felt like a script for a made for TV miniseries.
4. The most interesting part of the whole book, the dome, was never really explored. Seemed like he missed out here. *SPOILER ALERT* I do understand that it was more about what happened under the dome, but what happened under the dome was pretty much everyone dies. Really interesting...
There's more I could say, but these were the things that stood out. It did keep me wanting to know what happened next, but in the end, not satisfying at all.
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