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Under the Dome: A Novel by Stephen King
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Under the Dome: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Stephen King

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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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Title:Under the Dome: A Novel
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Gallery Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 1088 pages
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Under the Dome: A Novel by Stephen King

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Out of the clear blue sky, an inexplicable invisible dome falls over the small town of Chester's Mill, Maine. No one can get in or out of the town, and those who strike up against the dome's walls too hard are injured or worst. Meanwhile, air supply is limited and power is gone. How will the town's people deal with this catastrophe?

In this sweeping epic, Stephen King presents a Shakespearean-like tragedy. Almost as soon as the town is closed off from the outside world, there are those who use the circumstances to further their own goals, notably used car salesman and town selectman "Big Jim" Rennie, who immediately starts machinating to garner more power for himself. As folks start getting manipulated, additional tragedies ensue and it's almost more than the town can bear very quickly. But there's a select group of heroes (or as close to heroes as real life can get) who are trying to keep it all together.

I loved that this book didn't really have a supernatural villain per se; the worse of what happens is purely from human foibles. That being said, it's still not a book for the faint of heart. King describes in gruesome details the natural and unnatural deaths -- accidents, murders, and suicides -- as well as physical and sexual assaults that occur under the dome.

But throughout it all is always the human element. There is a broad cast of characters and it's a bit much to keep track of them all at first (especially as King keeps killing them off), but once you do, you start feeling strongly and deeply about them -- whether rooting for their safety or their demise, depending on which side of the good/evil line they stand.

King constantly foreshadows and drops hints of what will come under the dome, leaving the reader always tense for what will happen next. Despite these warnings, the big finale had me near tears with its heartbreak.

Raul Esparza was an excellent audiobook narrator who gave a distinct voice to each character, bringing everyone that much more to life.

Recommended for those who like character dramas and don't mind some grisly bits. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 18, 2021 |
If GoodReads allowed it, I'd give thus book a 4.5, but I'll round it up because it was closer to 5 than 4. I really liked this one. It's big, but its a quick read, and I love the huge cast that King takes on to give us all these points of view under the dome. ( )
  KaffinatedWitch | Oct 15, 2021 |
4.5 stars
Stephen King has an incredible imagination and his writing style is unique. This book, although being more than 1000 pages long, was never boring and made me want to keep reading whenever I had time. Highly recommend it!
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  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
3.5⭐️ ( )
  deannachapman | Sep 15, 2021 |
It was pretty good. Hildur you were correct. I didn't like the origin of the dome OR the way it was handled at the end. My favorite part was how the town went to hell in a hurry in just a few days. ( )
  Drunken-Otter | Aug 20, 2021 |
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Though his scenarios aren’t always plausible in strictest terms, King’s imagination, as always, yields a most satisfying yarn.
added by Christa_Josh | editKirkus Reviews (Oct 15, 2011)
 
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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King, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Esparza, RaúlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuipers, HugoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Who you lookin for
What was his name
you can prob'ly find him
at the football game
it's a small town
you know what I mean
it's a small town, son
and we all support the team.
—James McMurtry
Dedication
In memory of Surendra Dahyabhai Patel. We miss you, my friend.
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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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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.

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