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Under the Dome: A Novel by Stephen King

Under the Dome: A Novel (edition 2009)

by Stephen King

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Title:Under the Dome: A Novel
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Scribner (2009), Hardcover, 1088 pages
Tags:horror, sci-fi, secret santa, 12 in 12

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Under The Dome by Stephen King

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Like receiving B-level work from an A+ student, "Under the Dome" may not be King's most memorable work, due in part to an anticlimactic ending, but it is nonetheless a worthy feat. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jan 15, 2017 |
I first read this book a few years ago, when it first came out. Hubby enjoyed the first season of the show so much he wanted to read the book - even though he isn't much of a reader. Well, needless to say, I ended up rereading it & hubby read 20 pages.

I'm a big King fan, though I probably have only read about 1/3 of his books. This one is no exception. Sure, it's long, sure there are sections that drag, and sure it's far-fetched, but that's why it's called fiction. Dale and Julia are two of the many, many, many characters in the book, and they are probably my favorites. Junior, Jim Rennie's Sr.'s crazed son, is also one of my favorites, in that "love to hate him" sort of way. This book, at its heart, is about ordinary people trying to survive and live another day.

My only gripe with the book is the exact same one as the first time I read it - you spend 1000 pages reading about what is happening Under the Dome, for it all to end in a small handful of pages, and without enough of an explanation to satisfy me. There's a lot of fore-shadowing throughout the book, which I noticed the first time but sort of ruined the book for me the second time (yes, I did know how it ended, but it still ruined the ending). ( )
  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
Upon my friends' insistence, I chose Under the Dome as my first foray into the Stephen King universe. Without having seen the television show I had no basis to compare or go off of. I am pleased to report that Mr. King lives up to his hype. He is indeed a seasoned master storyteller, interweaving characters and plots with deft precision and keen ruthlessness. I began this novel ready for the long ride and enjoying the fun. Then somewhere around the middle I grew frustrated and increasingly frustrated. So many political intrigues! So many instances where the bad guys seemed to rule over the good with injustice. I had to force myself to continue, yet knew it would pay off eventually. I was right. The ending of this novel, while surprising in its twists was satisfying and gratifying. It was as though Mr. King sensed my growing frustration and took care of the large portion of the problem for me in the end. And his work reminded me why I love storytelling in the first place. Now I plan to read anything that is under a thousand pages. ( )
  JSilverwood | Aug 27, 2016 |
Stephen King's Under the Dome relates the story of a small Maine town, Chester's Mill, which is suddenly cut off from the rest of the United States by what people call the Dome. The Dome is an invisible barrier that shuts off Chester's Mill completely. No one can get out, no one can get in. Its invisibility leads to many crashes in the beginning, starting with a plane crash and many cars crashing into the Dome.

While the novel features a large set of characters, many of which have major roles in unfolding the plot, it is mainly the interplay between protagonist Dale 'Barbie' Barbara, a former Army lieutenant, and antagonist James 'Big Jim' Rennie, the town's Second Selectman and the owner of a used-car dealership, that is the dirivng force of the novel. Yet, there are so many other characters, whose stories make for a compelling reading experience. Dale Barbara wants to leave Chester's Mill after an altercation with Big Jim's son Junior Rennie and his friends. However, the Dome forces him to stay in Chester's Mill. James Rennie is an elected town official, sells used cars and is a self-proclaimed 'faithful servant' of the Lord. And he runs one of the biggest drug rings in the United States. Soon, they clash, Big Jim striving to have all the power in the city and Dale Barbara trying to help the city cope with the situation under the Dome and trying to find a way out.

This is the setting for one of Stephen King's greatest novels. Not only because of its length of more than 1,000 pages it is reminiscent of King's major epic The Stand. King creates a credible scenario of what could happen if a city was shut off from the rest of the world. Despite its length, Under the Dome never fails to capture and is a fantastic read. It is only the ending that disappointed me a little. On the whole 4.5 stars. ( )
  OscarWilde87 | Aug 3, 2016 |
Everyone has secrets. Some are dark and disturbing. Others are embarrassing. All are buried deep so that no one can uncover them. So when a mysterious dome encapsulates a small town one bright fall day, it is just a matter of time before those secrets worm their way to the surface. Such is the driving premise behind Under the Dome.

Granted, much of the novel is about the dome itself, what happened when it came into being, what does or does not pass through it, possible theories on how to break through it, and so forth. It dictates how people act and react, how they think, and how they plan. In that regard, the dome is very much a silent character among the rest.

Speaking of characters, in true King fashion the cast of characters numbers in the double digits. Really, all of the citizens of Chester’s Mill or any visitors trapped within the dome are unique characters. This makes it fairly difficult to keep track of them all, especially when there is very little to distinguish among them. Junior Rennie’s posse is particularly challenging to separate into individuals…at first. Of course, by the time the story ends, there is no forgetting any one person under the dome because Mr. King has brought them to life in a way only he can.

The only real fault one might find with the story is the reason for the dome and how the story ends. While fans are used to lackluster endings and something weird behind the mystery, in Under the Dome it is all just a bit more difficult to accept than normal. This is in part because the townspeople are so alive and their plight so real that the weird origins of the dome are just that much more fantastic. Then there is the seemingly relative ease of confronting those origins and seeking resolution. Again, this is where Mr. King’s master storytelling hurts him because there is no ending that will be a fitting end to the chaos that is Chester’s Mill. Thankfully, King fans are forgiving and able to ignore the preposterous to focus on the deliciousness of the rest of the novel.

Like most of Mr. King’s more recent novels, Under the Dome does not explore supernatural horrors as much as it explores the all-too-real horrors of which human beings are capable. In Big Jim Rennie, Mr. King brings to life a megalomaniac willing to do anything to maintain his hold on the town and his eagerness to do so with a smile on his face and a prayer on his lips is as chilling as any killer clown hiding under in a sewer drain. Even better, while the story’s hero, Barbie is not the innocent one might expect him to be in a story with such a clear bad guy. As always, Mr. King’s storytelling is excellent. While the mystery behind the dome may be hilariously awkward, that does not diminish one’s enjoyment of the story or race to finish it.
  jmchshannon | Jul 17, 2016 |
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Though his scenarios aren’t always plausible in strictest terms, King’s imagination, as always, yields a most satisfying yarn.
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It’s a fun and clear-headed fury, though. This is King humming at the height of his powers, cackling at human folly, taking childish glee in the gross-out and all the while spinning a modern fable that asks some serious questions without sounding preachy. If the fury left a few excessive typos and a dog’s name that mistakenly changes on occasion, well, these are (mostly) forgivable sins. After all, few of us can resist such nightmares and dreamscapes.
King says he started "Under the Dome" in 1976 but then "crept away from it with my tail between my legs. . . . I was terrified of screwing it up." Fortunately, he found the confidence to return to this daunting story because the result is one of his most powerful novels ever.
The King book that is most readily brought to mind by “Under the Dome” isn’t an earlier large-scale apocalyptic fantasy like “It” or “The Stand”; it’s “On Writing,” the instructive autobiographical gem that cast light on how Mr. King’s creative mind works. In the spirit of “On Writing,” “Under the Dome” takes a lucid, commonsense approach that keeps it tight and energetic from start to finish. Hard as this thing is to hoist, it’s even harder to put down.
1,100 pages of localized apocalypse from an author whose continued and slightly frenzied commerce with his muse has been one of the more enthralling spectacles in American literature.

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From two thousand feet, where Claudette Sanders was taking a flying lesson, the town of Chester's Mill gleamed in the morning light like something freshly made and just set down.
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A town is mysteriously sealed in an inexplicable dome. The residents are trapped inside leading to drama, hysteria, and a shocking series of events.

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The small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, is faced with a big dilemma when it is mysteriously sealed off by an invisible and completely impenetrable force field. With cars and airplanes exploding on contact, the force field has completely isolated the townspeople from the outside world. Now, Iraq war vet Dale Barbara and a group of the town's more sensible citizens must overcome the tyrannical rule of Big Jim Rennie, a politician bent on controlling everything within the Dome.… (more)

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