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  • Hardcover: 1088 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (Nov. 10 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439148503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439148501
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 6.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—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. His epic series, The Dark Tower, is the basis for a major motion picture from Sony. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and 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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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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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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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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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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