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.
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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There are a lot of characters in this book, but amazingly enough you can get to know most of them. SK fans should all like this as there seem to be elements drawn from many past works. It's a solid value.
Under the Dome
Although this book is an interesting read, the first thing that ticked me off was the Author's use of the word " Pickmeup truck". Although this reference may be good in an Urban Centre, it is unacceptable in the rural area. Anyone using it would be suggesting a "nose in the air" insult.
You may find this hilarious but it offended me and I almost close the book. Jargon is something that suggests you either know the culture or you don't. Sorry but that's my opinion.
Also there seemed to be a theme that country people are not too smart and somewhat "Hillbilly...ish".
Amazing - as always!
Wow! This book took me on several personal journeys as I tried to imagine what the characters were experiencing. I found myself thinking about the book whenever I put it down, and I had some very interesting conversations with friends when I would talk about the story and what would happen to us if something of this magnitude were to ever happen. Steven King is a MASTER at character development! I loved and hated the people in this story, and the 'what will they do next' question wouldn't let me put this book down! And, as always, now that I'm finished the book, I feel like I have just said good-bye to people I will never 'see' again! I will miss them!