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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31 . typical King ending
Posted January 17, 2010 by Laura , CalgaryI was actually furious when I got to the end. Seriously!! THAT's how you end this? The cheapest gimmick ever. (next to "it was all a dream)")
Great set up, get me all involved and emotionally invested in the charactors and then deliver the lowest of blows and don't bother to end the story properly. It's like he spent 3 years writing the book, got to the end and spun his Ending-O-Rama wheel and slapped on the last 15 pages.
I want 4 days of my life back.
32 . Disappointed by ending.
Posted January 16, 2010 by R. Bishop , Saint JohnsI have read most Stephen King novels "The Stand" being my all-time fav, but had not read much for 8-10 years. "Under the Dome" was the first one after all these years and it was good but Rennie got off too easy and the ending was not great. He should have developed the alien theory earlier in to make more sense. I still love his books and will continue to read him.
33 . Disappointment (SPOILER warning)
Posted January 15, 2010 by Pjj , WmsptI love Stephen King because of his ability to weave magic by keeping one"s mind always wondering what is next. He did his magic writing this book until the end. I felt very let down to come to the end of 800 pages only to find out aliens did it.
34 . Wonderful, Steven King at his best!
Posted January 13, 2010 by DBrumm , WoodbridgeThis is a great book that is typical of Steven King, strange and almost possible.
35 . Waste of time and $
Posted January 09, 2010 by Another opinion , Springfield, OhioBought in search of a read comparable to The Shining or The Stand. Absolute trash in comparison.
36 . Didn't want to put it down
Posted January 08, 2010 by Joy , SacramentoI really like this book. It read fast and I didn't have trouble keeping up with the characters. I was disappointed in Big Jim Rennie's ending, though. He got off too easy.
37 . Great Book!
Posted January 07, 2010 by Gina H , Las Vegas, NVWell worth the many pages. It was a page turner all the way through. The characters were well thought out and many times I found myself thinking what would I do if I was in their position. Good job King!!!
38 . Must Read
Posted January 05, 2010 by Laurie P. , Delanco, NJYou have got to read this book. I couldn't put it down...I feel almost sick from reading it non-stop, finished it within two days.
39 . Really good
Posted January 02, 2010 by C Volt , middlefield, ctThis book was great! I read it in 2 days. Couldnt put it down. Yes it was very long but not a dull moment in it.
40 . A great book that is hard to put down.
Posted January 01, 2010 by Susan Martell , RichlandThis is the best Steven King that I have read in a long time. It moves quickly and keeps your interest. I could hardly put it down and am glad I am finished so I can get other things down.
December 24, 2009
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