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Under the Dome: A Novel [Hardcover]

Stephen King
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Nov. 10 2009
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.

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"Propulsively intriguing... Staggeringly addictive." -- USA Today

"Tight and energetic from start to finish... Hard as this thing is to hoist, it's even harder to put down." -- New York Times

"The work of a master storyteller having a whole lot of fun." -- Los Angeles Times

"King returns to his glory days of The Stand." -- New York Daily News

"A wildly entertaining trip." -- People (3.5 stars)

"Under the Dome moves so fast and grips the reader so tightly that it's practically incapacitating." -- Newsday

"Stephen King's Under the Dome was one of my favourite books of the year so far." -- Neil Gaiman

"Dome is classic King, sure to please any fan." -- Baltimore Sun

"Spellbinding." -- ABCnews.com

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Mr. Mercedes, Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars King burns rubber for 1072 pages Nov. 13 2009
By J. Tobin Garrett TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I read my first Stephen King book when I was 13 years old and have been hooked every since. As is expected with an author that has something like 50+ published novels of pretty substantial size, I have been disappointed a number of times. Under the Dome, however, is not one of those times. After getting my hands on an advanced reading copy through my work (a bookstore) I started this behemoth and was hooked from page 3. King starts this story with a bang and burns rubber throughout the entire novel, never letting up the hyper-speed pace. With a book this size, I was expecting a few parts to sag, to be boring, but nothing like that ever happened while reading this book: I was completely addicted.

The story is simple: a big ol' dome comes down and cuts off this one small town, Chester's Mill, from the rest of the world. No one can get in or out. What the novel focuses on is how that changes the society inside the dome, how people react to their new enclosed space. And, since this is a King book, you can expect that they don't act well. This town has a lot of bad apples and skeletons in the closet, and they all come out to play when the dome comes down.

There are a few times in this story where I had to suspend my disbelief a little bit farther than I was willing. Mainly, in that things turned south so fast. Perhaps it was just the fact that the book was hundreds of pages, but I couldn't help being jarred whenever I learned that only a day or two had passed in the world of the book, when it felt like it was more time to me. Perhaps this was a conscious decision to keep the pacing fast. Some of the characters can come across as cartoonish, especially the main villain. Most of the characters are well-written and interesting, with faults that make them more believable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book with a terrible ending. Feb. 8 2010
Format:Hardcover
The first 1000 pages of this epic are brillant. There are numerous and rich characters good and evil. These characters are well developed even though some reviews say differently. The concept and plot itself are interesting and well thought out and researched. There are elements of Kings other novels but it never feels redundent of his earlier works, instead it feels fresh and unique.

This book has one huge flaw which could be a deal breaker for some who read it. The reason for the Dome being there isn't really explained in great detail and is pretty lame. There is only a small part in the middle that it is brought up and then it is brought up again in the last 200 pages. I don't want to give anything away, but read this book for the characters and character interaction not for some great conclusion that i have a feeling will let down alot of people like it did for me. I really hope they twique it for the Mini series.

If this is Kings last great epic, which I hope it isn't then it isn't a bad note to go out on. I think it will displease people who are expecting another Stand or It, but I still think it is better then %50 of the other new fiction out there for horror and sceince fiction fans. It could have benefited from a little more time in the oven, but all and all it's another home run for King.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Aug. 5 2010
Format:Hardcover
I recently read The Stand which I found on a list of the 100 best books of all time. Although I didn't quite get what was so fantastic about that book, I was intrigued by the new work of Stephen King Under the Dome. While I appreciate that the contents were very far fetched and somewhat sci-fi, I really enjoyed this book. I suppose it has the same premise as The Stand (good v. bad) but the multiple tragedies experienced by the `good people' and the ease with which the mayor unethically took control kept me interested. Although I thought the end was extremely far fetched, it was definitely tragic and as such, will make the book memorable for me. If you have seen the movie The Mist (which was based on a Stephen King short story), you can see how good he is at making you care for some characters while despising others, and relishing their deaths when their time has finally come to and end. This is also true with Under the Dome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING! Dec 30 2009
Format:Hardcover
I thought the best book I ever read was "IT" by Stephen King. Then I read "The Stand" and thought that was the best book I had ever read. Then I read "Under the Dome" and know for sure that this is the best book I have ever read. It only took me a few days to read the entire 1100 pages because it moved so fast and every page was so crazy that I was dying to know what would happen next. The characters (at first overwhelemed me because there are so many, but you quickly know each of them) are so well developed and I was so into everything they did. I really hope Stephen King write more books before he officially retires. He is such a genius. Best book ever. I highly reccommened it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent novel, but nothing special Aug. 17 2010
Format:Hardcover
"Under the Dome" is really two stories in one. One concerns a mysterious dome which traps a small town in Maine (what did you expect?) beneath it, and is largely sci-fi. Who created the dome? Why is it there? How is it being powered? How can you break it? The other, much more intriguing and fleshed out story, is how the townspeople of Chester's Mill react to their newfound confinement. While both initially interesting, the endings to both mysteries are, well, rather rudimentary. This is the book's major weakness.

Warning: Reading beyond here may reveal a few plot-points you might like to not be aware of.

An absolutely huge cast of characters (and a plethora of PoV changes) get trapped beneath an all-encompassing dome, and Stephen King examines what happens to the city while they're under it. Sides slowly form as one man, Big Jim Rennie, begins to form a dictatorial bent of mind and forms his own "private army" of police officers. People are killed in riots, maniacal plans are formed, heroes are jailed, and catastrophe befalls the city. In the meantime, we learn about the dome . . . well, not very much. In fact, the ending, concerning the dome, reveals an extremely disappointing truth, one that may leave you asking "what's the point?" about everything leading up to it. Perhaps that was Mr. King's ultimate goal, but it left me feeling rather emotionless.

However, the ending to Stephen King's OTHER side of the story, that about the happenings of those within the dome and Big Jim Rennie's attempt at creating a dictatorship and the rebellion against it, left me with the impression of a rush to finish the book. The climax of what should have been a number of complex character interactions and resolutions ended, instead, in a giant explosion. Say what?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like the read the book , see how evil Rennies really are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely LOVED this book
Absolutely LOVED this book, and now it is on TV and is very different, I don't even care, I have missed the last four, hehe.
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I am already half way through the book and I love it............the book is so different from the series
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I found it took me a little while to get 'into' the book but once I was in... I read all 1000 pages in a week!
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A good buy. What more can I say. Got this audio note after watching the TV series of the same title. I was curious to know what followed hence the reason for buying this. Read more
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