Under the Dome

Under the Dome

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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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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Feb 25, 2019

Voyeuristic in psychopathic behavior, but little drives this plot that drones on and on and on. At 500 pages, I decided I had to finish. Believe me, it's not worth the effort! What a disappointment.

Sep 17, 2018

I need more time to read this book; unable to add more time tried to renew I need a little more time.

Aug 05, 2018

It’s time for another Stephen King book! This is the inspiration (and I use that loosely) for the TV series of the same name from a few years back. Reading this review will tell you absolutely nothing about the series, but if you want to know more about that you can check https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-season-finale-of-under-the-dome-recapped-by-the-do-1340612358 for an index of hilarious recaps written from the point of view of the eponymous Dome.

King opens with a highway leading into Yet Another Maine Town (this one, as with the others, located not far from Castle Rock). Abruptly an invisible, barely-penetrable-by-gases hemisphere slams down over the town, with the predictable car accidents the first human casualties. The town of Chester's Mill is in trouble, naturally, and the usual separation of the baddies and the good folk is set in motion. In this case, the baddies are led by Big Jim Rennie, owner of the auto dealership from out of town, his son, one of the other members of the town selectmen, and a deeply crazed meth addict. The good guys are led by a former soldier called Barbie, the town doctor, the town’s newspaper publisher and a very smart group of high school kids.

The power lines and phone lines to the town are cut by the Dome, but at first cell phone signals and wireless can get through. (As an amateur radio operator myself, I think King missed a chance here by not having one in town, but oh well!) The government soon jams the signals, creating the isolation in which awful people thrive. Big Jim is the stereotypical horrible person masquerading as an elder of an evangelical church, and he sees this as a chance to make everyone in town, including those who have opposed him, kiss his boots.

Barbie is on his way out of town when the Dome appears, since he had gotten into a fight with Big Jim’s son’s buddies. The Dome prevents him leaving, but sticking around provides a ready source of conflict. Human danger is soon joined by environmental danger, as the air begins to get more and more stale and polluted. And that meth addict’s drug-induced psychosis is coming to a head.

It’s a wonderful read of a potboiler, and if you enjoy King’s typical fare you’ll like this. The ending is perhaps more than a little deus ex machina, but that won’t deter most King fans. It didn’t deter me. Four of five stars, with the caveat that opinions on this may vary wildly depending on whether you’re one of those King fans or not.

Mar 31, 2017

This was a complete story with twists and turns. It had a very satisfying ending. Great job again, Mr King!

Mar 16, 2017

I really loved the book. First of all, I really liked the concept of the book. It is also a typical Stephen King novel, clearly the novel has much more details than the TV shows. However, I think the book is way too long.

Jun 29, 2016

Despite the length of this book, I stayed hooked the whole time. First time reading a Stephen King book for me, so not sure how it compares to his usual books, but I found the small town atmosphere and the characters to be really well done. Worth a read!

May 17, 2016

Loved it. Even with terrible the ending and lame explanation of the event is ok, since King does do those things pretty predictably.

Mar 11, 2016

Concept was indeed brilliant. Character building was similar to that of King's popular novel "The Stand". I was disappointed in how all that character building seemed to be almost for nothing. The climax seemed rushed and poorly concluded. I would have liked for all the build up to have been been better tied together, thus leaving a more mysterious set of conclusions.

Jan 17, 2016

Brilliant concept, action packed, and hard to put down. Surprised at the ending and a bit disappointed

cmlibrary_snewsome Dec 22, 2015

I have been a Stephen King fan for over twenty years. I found that this book was another great read from him. The story focuses on the characters struggles with the isolation and the fear that set in after a dome encases the town. It is interesting to see when situations become serious, how the true natures of individuals come out.

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Bazooka_B9 Dec 05, 2011

Sexual Content: Lots of talk about sex and sex happening.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: The entire book is intense.

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Coarse Language: F-Bombs dropping left right and centre, sexual and otherwise. Lots of other swearing. Lots of drugs, swearing and violence.

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Violence: Violent, gory and brutal killings throughout.

Sep 03, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Jul 07, 2014

"They walked back into the world together, wearing the gift that had been given them: just life."

fairbae Apr 23, 2011

"Wear it home, it'll look like a dress."


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