On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.
Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens - town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing - even murder - to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.
©2009 Stephen King; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
This is an awesome idea and I would love to see it made into a movie...maybe. That being said, this is such a long book! There are a few times in the book you will find yourself saying: "normal people would not act/believe/do that in real life". But I guess that can be said for about any Stephen King book.
Bottom line, if you have the time I would go for it.
Under the Dome explores the darker side of human nature when a small town in Maine suddenly finds itself cut off from the rest of the World by a mysterious dome. Those who love detail will have a feast of descriptive writing here as King explores what happens as society slowly deteriorates. As resources dwindle and become scarce, the town leaders become obsessed with control much to their detriment. Those who love morality plays will also find a feast as King explores the nature of gang mentality and how evil it can be. And of course, this review would be incomplete if I did not mention how King gives a nod to Global Warming and the rape of the environment as things fall apart inside the Dome. Another minor theme is ultra conservative religions and how they get carried to extreme whether they be Christianity or others. In King's story their are two congregations, one in which the pastor is a drug dealer, and another in which the pastor looses her faith that there is a God at all, in the end equating God to adolescent children playing a cruel joke. In this story, King takes leave of his sometime supernatural monsters to scare us instead scaring us with what we as humans can degenerate into under stress. A novel well worth reading, and one I hope will become another King classic.
Geeky, Homeschooling Mom to three geeklets.
I thought the narration was spot on, and of course, King delivers once again :)
A good read, but King needs to back off on the kool-aid while he writes. Some of us just want entertainment from time to time. Save the politics for some other medium...
I found this book gooooooooooooood! I couldn't stop listening. The main villain was so humanly real that I swear that I knew him personally --hated him. This is great Stephen King --I love it when his monsters are of a human ilk.
People who love King should have no problems with this novel. I think it is one of the best I have read - I loved the Shining, hated It, loved On Writing, hated Christine, loved Deloris Clayburne, hated Lisey's Story.
Typical of King, his plotting is fantastic, and his take on human nature seem perfectly plausible, as though he has already seen the circumstances unfold and he is just reporting.
Also typical of King, his dialogue is corny, and it annoys me when teenagers talk as though they are transported from a 50's soda counter, and the adults pepper their remarks with bygone idioms like "indeed not." A drawback that makes me wait a few years in between each new read.
The cause of the dome and its final resolution also made me roll my eyes. Typical Stephen King. But I'm still rating a 4, aren't I? Sometimes I wonder if King throws in the cornball stuff just to give the other writers a chance. If his stories weren't loaded with such ridiculous doofiness, other writers might be too intimidated to make an effort.
The reader is fine, but appeared to be taken aback by the broad array of characters. The women all sounded bored and stoned, and the men sounded like they were from the deep south more often than New England - with a little Tim Gunn thrown in from time to time. All of the children sounded three. This provided a note of amusement, but an otherwise fine narrator.
I have never read a Stephen King novel before so I decided to venture into new territory. If you liked Lord of the Flies, you will probably enjoy this tale. I enjoyed the story but not the narration of it. In my view, the narrator detracted from the story when he attempted a female voice. In the future, I would recommend that the attempt not be made. Otherwise the narration was well done.
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