Adapted as a major TV series, produced by Steven Spielberg, King's bestselling novel centres on a small town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible dome.
In UNDER THE DOME, King has produced another riveting masterpiece. The end of every chapter hooks you into the next, drawing you inside a psychological drama that is so rich, you don't read it, you live it.
It is the story of the small town of Chester's Mill, Maine which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can get in and no one can get out.
The normal rules of society are suddenly changed and when food, electricity and water run short, the community begins to crumble. As a new and more sinister social order develops, Dale Barbara, Iraq veteran, teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption that is sweeping through the town and to try to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late . . .
King's return to supernatural horror is uncomfortably bulky, formidably complex and irresistibly compelling. When the smalltown of Chester's Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome's ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who likes the idea of having an isolated populace to dominate. Opposing him are footloose Iraq veteran Dale "Barbie" Barbara, newspaper editor Julia Shumway, a gaggle of teen skateboarders and others who want to solve the riddle of the dome. King handles the huge cast of characters masterfully but ruthlessly, forcing them to live (or not) with the consequences of hasty decisions. Readers will recognize themes and images from King's earlier fiction, and while this novel doesn't have the moral weight of, say, The Stand, nevertheless, it's a nonstop thrill ride as well as a disturbing, moving meditation on our capacity for good and evil.
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It left me breathless...as breathless as the main characters near the end! *wink* It is a big book, satisfyingly lasting several days, but with a plot and rhythm that weaves chapter to chapter - it does let you rest a bit occasionally, but if you think you'll be able to command yourself "Just to the end of this chapter and no more today" forget it! Really really brilliant.
Don't be put off by the list of characters - King develops the majors so well you'll not need references, and minor characters that run together or can be mistaken for each other suit the plot e.g. The general idiocy of the Killian boys. If you are pedantic about who is who, read this in your iPad - then when you're confused, bookmark your page then enter the name in the search function, and slip back to the first time the character was mentioned for a reminder. But you won't need to.
I just finished Under The Dome by Stephen King - literally just finished it, in the shopping centre car park in my car, half hour late back to work...!...so final comments:
* characters are SO real, we all know ppl like these
* the trajectory of events - given the context of the Dome - is so alarmingly real....bad things DO happen when good ppl do nothing!
* finally, if you like this one, try King's Lisey's Story...also not a straight horror/thriller, kind of in between.
Sorry for length! Mr. king - 100 stars from me sir!
Under the Dome
Brilliant. Gripping. Couldn't put it dowm.
I've slept for 5 hours each night since buying this book. It has ruined my days but always enriched my nights. Captivating, enchanting and demanding to be read.