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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 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 500 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Sept. 1 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For a thick book, this was a fast read for me. The story is gripping right from the start and my interest was held during the entire story. The only small complaint that I have is that I wanted a little more closure at the end....I suppose I didn't want the story to be over!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action Aug. 31 2013
By Tyler
Format:Paperback
The book was very long but you didn't want it to end. The action starts right from the first page and never lets up. I bought the book because I started watching the show and was worried that they would be very similar but while both are great, they are very different. If you want a book with a lot of action and characters that cause strong feelings (both good and bad), this is a great one. Not a quick read by any means but with all of the action that is a good thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading Aug. 27 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I could not put the book down. Would recommend to any Stephen King fan. Even though the book was large it kept you
interested all the way through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Flies Through the Looking Glass Feb. 19 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Chester's Mill, a small Maine town that has somehow escaped the attention of vampires, ghosts, creatures from alternate realities, and hostile alien plagues, finally feels the full frontal effects of Stephen King's deadly imagination. One fall day, without warning, a transparent "dome" descends into place around the borders of the town, cutting it off from physical contact with the outside world. The rest of the story plays out with minimal attention to the Dome's origins, although speculation abounds. Readers focus on how this intervention affects the people trapped inside.

Some effects are immediate. A hapless woodchuck ambling down a country road is abruptly sliced in half by the descending Dome. Several vehicles encounter the barrier and fail explosively to penetrate it. Pedestrians fair better, suffering a few bumped heads and bloody noses. Such collisions decrease as those inside and outside of the Dome adjust to its presence. Although light, radio and cell phone transmissions pass freely through the Dome, physical penetration is more problematic. Water and air can seep through slowly, but nothing larger can pass. There is no way over or under it. The best minds in the Federal government set to work on a plan to rescue the inhabitants. This leaves plenty of time for character development.

Comparisons to Lord of the Flies are appropriate. Even more so than in Bag of Bones, the real monsters are all too human. Some follow a predictable path. Small-town power broker "Big Jim" Rennie becomes more ruthless and manipulative.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Let's call it a day, Steve. Jan. 8 2010
Format:Hardcover
The day has finally arrived when even the most rabid fan (myself included) must admit that Steve appears to have said all he has to say.

I was profoundly disappointed by this much-anticipated epic when it proved to be nothing more than a tired retread of elements & characters from "Needful Things", "Desperation" and "The Stand". There's fundamentally nothing worth reading in "Under the Dome" that hasn't already been thoroughly covered in those three previous books. (Having re-read "Needful Things" just a few months prior, the rehash was all the more painful to witness.)

Let's not cling to the man's genius and gold-stamp everything he does. It's very clear to me why this project took so long to see light, and really shouldn't have. Just because you "can", Steve, doesn't mean you "should".

Thumbs down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good buy
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
Published 1 month ago by Biglakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Quick to download. Easy to figure out. Never order ebook before but would definitely do it again. So simple to do and use.
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie Knorr
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah for Stephen King
Wow hadn't read from S.K for quite some time, this book blasts and right from the begining, simple reading and not confusing, a definate plus to your book collection.
Published 3 months ago by Christian Schilte
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the TV series!
I very much enjoyed Under The Dome. I loved it because of the emotions SK was able to pull out of me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by chantal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and nicely different from the TV Series
I bought this book after watching the TV Series of the same name. I was hooked quite quickly when the book read quite differently than the TV series, and enjoyed the character... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brenda Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars Great twists, underwhelming story
Under the Dome starts off fast but lets up the pacing about 100 pages into the thousand-plus paged behemoth. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Arvind Y
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value For The Money
We have enjoyed watching the TV series and wanted to see what the book was like. It is a great read.
Published 7 months ago by Eugene Dustin
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Loved it, been many years since i read a SK novel, not disappointed. Like catching up with an old buddy from long ago, you pick up where tou left off.
Published 7 months ago by GMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius Book Reviews - Novel Review
Format: Paperback

Rating: 10

Review: Under the Dome was an outstanding novel! In an over 1000 page book, I was always entranced, and never wanted to put it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matt Hageman
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Steven King story told with a mix of humour and horror.,
Although a very long book, it seems to whiz by. It is typical Steven King with a great mix of comedy, terror and suspense with a fun, frightening and heroic cast of characters,
Published 8 months ago by Patricia Rae Vaughan
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