Under the Dome: A Novel Hardcover – Nov 10 2009
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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 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Drunken Fireworks, Finders Keepers, Revival, Mr. Mercedes, Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63, adapted as a 2016 series on Hulu starring James Franco, 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. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Overall I thought is was a great book. However I was hoping the ending was a little more entertaining, seemed a little anticlimactic.Published 2 months ago by Mark
I didn't much like the characters or the ending. Yah, this just isn't my favorite King book.Published 8 months ago by E. Andres
I have always been a Stephen King fan, but Under the Dome Parts 1 and 2, are 2 of his finest.Published 9 months ago by Sharon E. Ginter
I listed to this book in audiobook format during a couple long roadtrips. While this is an incredibly long novel, there isn't any parts I would remove, it all adds to the story... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Twilaviolet