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Under the Dome: A Novel [Paperback]

Stephen King
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July 6 2010



Just down Route 119 in Chester’s Mill, Maine, all hell is about to break loose. . . .

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.

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'King's most purely entertaining novel in years ... utterly compelling.' John Connolly 'Staggeringly addictive.' USA Today 'Tight and energetic from start to finish.' New York Times 'The pedal is indeed to the metal.' Guardian 'You're sorry when it ends.' Daily Express --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 1000 REVIEWER
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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action Aug. 31 2013
By Tyler
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading Aug. 27 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Flies Through the Looking Glass Feb. 19 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
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
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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