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.
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1 . Very good!
Posted December 14, 2013 by Caroline , OttawaI enjoyed reading every bit of this book and never got bored. It just keeps going on! One thing that annoyed me though is that in the last 300 pages, I felt like everything was pitched to me. Things were going to fast and there wasn't enough description or details. But it still was a great book and I didn't want to finish it, as a matter of fact I wanted to know more about everyone and everything in this book.
2 . couldnt put it down
Posted April 27, 2012 by christie , mantecaI have read many of stephen kings book. Some have kept me entertained and some have been hard to stay with. I had no idea what to expect with this book but it was worth every penny I paid for it! Loved it so much! I had a hard time putting it down in order to go to bed.
3 . Kept me entertained
Posted June 10, 2011 by Sharon , GlensideIt's been a while since reading anything by SK and had heard this one was only fair. I bought it anyway. Started off slow but I stuck with it and was pleased to find that I looked forward to going back after stopping. I have a really low tolerance for bad reading and will not finish a book I start if it doesn't move me. May be a simplistic way of evaluation, but true.
Loads of characters, some of whom seem ridiculous, some very likable right away, some sort of introduced and then glossed over, some take time to develop.
You know, the story can and does delve into the preposterous at times, but it's an interesting concept. King takes his time developing his idea and there are plenty of Kingisms that are purely his. There's also some political stuff very much relating to today's issues, but told from this small town's point of view. Indeed, some things the bad guy does made me really angry!
It's toally worth the download. It's long but not boring. I kind of wished it didn't end which is a good indicater that I was engaged and enjoying the read.
4 . Renewed my interest in reading SK
Posted November 16, 2010 by Redrum , Bangor, Maine"Under The Dome" deserves to be mentioned along with SK's great works like The Stand, It, Needful Things or The Shining. It is best described as a hybrid of The Mist and Needful Things. However the characters, plot and story do hold up well on their own as a whole. This is his best book in a long time.
5 . A Clustermug
Posted November 04, 2010 by Bill Gilchrist , OttawaA good 300 to 400 page story exists in this 1200 page book. Creating characters in order to kill them off without having any impact to the plot or narrative is not "epic" or "sprawling", it's just filling pages (maybe he's getting paid by the page). The more I think about the book the more annoyed I get, and not in a good it's making me consider my ideas and beliefs in a new light way, but in a what a waste of time way. 2 stars for the pyrotechnics.
6 . Stephen does it again
Posted August 31, 2010 by Dave Newbry , Martinez, CAStephen King again proves himself to be a master storyteller. He has a talent for making everyday people more fearsome monsters than the non-human ones he creates. This is a page-turner that's almost impossible to put down until it's finished.
7 . 99 percent amazing
Posted August 10, 2010 by Levi , Lansing, MIFrom th moment I picked up this book I was captivated. The characters were very intersting and the story moved a a quick enough pace to keep my interest. I was shocked that I finished it so quickly based on the length. Up until the end, every time I put it sown I found myself thinking about what could possibly happen next. That is until I hit the end. This is the first King book I have read in many years and have no idea how his books are normally written but I hope he can come up with better endings than this, otherwise I do not know how he keeps such a loyal following. After the amazing writting and character devlopments, it feels like King grew tired of writting at the end; throwing in the towel and giving us one of the most uninventive endings immaginable. While reading the end I remember thinking that I hoped that everyone died instead of ending the way that I felt it was going to. Before I read the last 50 pages I would have for sure picked up another King novel as soon as I finished. Now that it is over I don't think I will read another one of his books for a very long time. A decent ending would have easily givien this book 5 stars.
8 . Unbelieveably good read!
Posted July 06, 2010 by Traci , CharlotteCouldn't put it down. I never read Stephen King, but I read the overview of the book before I realized who wrote it. Thank goodness! I was riveted. I thought the romance between two of the characters could have been developed better, but otherwise, very interesting concept.
9 . love it
Posted June 19, 2010 by ksdunkelberg , massenaAmazing read! I couldn't put it down. Now I can't wait for the movie!
10 . A new classic from King
Posted June 18, 2010 by Billjr , ColoradoThis is probably King's best novel in 10 years. I really enjoyed this book. It is long but I love the building tension as things continue to deteriorate under the dome. This was not his best ending but I didn't hate it. This is King's best novel since The Stand
December 24, 2009
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