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 book encompasses all the reasons I love Stephen King. So many books try to make so many things happen at once that it quickly turns to chaos. Stephen King takes a single event and then turns it into a This book encompasses all the reasons I love Stephen King. So many books try to make so many things happen at once that it quickly turns to chaos. Stephen King takes a single event and then turns it into a character study of human psychology. There are vast expanses of time where no "action" is happening, and yet you are gripped by the interactions between the forces of good and evil in people's minds and how their intentions play out. Completely engrossing and (if you have the time) definitely worth more than one read!
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Let say that this was an amazing book! I have never read or listened to a Stephen King book previously, and perhaps that is partially why I found this book extremely disappointing at the end.
Everything was chugging along great until the book took a totally awkward and very juvenile tact towards extreme alien-style sci-fi. Obviously the Dome itself is a bit sci-fi, but I was holding out hope for a more logical explanation of "secret government conspiracy" or "the dome really wasn't there all along" or something else, maybe even something less concrete, and ending where it is never fully explained. But the whole "oh, it was aliens" part kind of pissed me off. That's a really easy way to wrap up the book, almost too easy.
And my biggest complaint is the total lack of resolution between Barby and Big Jim!! Just as the final climax was coming, the book totally cops out with an Armageddon sequence, and pretty much crawls to a halt after the bomb goes off.
It's a good book, and specifically in the are of length. I always love a really, really long book with a lot going on. This fit the bill. Humanoid aliens especially really turn me off. Total snorfest in my opinion. But I am sure other readers have come to expect that from Stephen King, so I can't fault him for doing what he does best.
My Rating Scale
Exceptional. This is the very best in writing and narration. I will listen to this book more than once and eagerly recommend it to family and friends. This book left me wanting more from the same author and narrator.
Very Good. I found it entertaining and engaging. It's worth the Audible membership price I paid. Based on this book I would purchase others from the same author.
This book has merit but some combination of elements (writing style, narration or length) made finishing it a challenge for me.
I found this book to be either poorly written or narrated. I couldn't finish it.
The audio quality or narration is so poor the content of this book couldn't be understood.
I'm a King fan, but this book is, in all ways, silly. And it's not scary, it's depressing. Lots of bitterness & anger in this one. That being said, I still enjoyed his characters & humor.
I've been a member of audible for 3 years and never thought of returning a book before... this one I returned.. Filled with foul language, stupid fools, alcoholics and rubbish. I listen patiently for an hour hoping the scenery would change but it continued with no point.. and what seemed to be no point imminent.
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.
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...
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