Under the Dome eBook by Stephen King
Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews Oddly profound, in a kitschy sort of way. I started reading this book in anticipation of the mini series coming in June. I've been going through an early 90's Stephen King mini series phase, so I'm glad they're bringing it back! I will start off by saying that I'm ever so grateful that I read Danse Macabre first. In Danse, he explains that much of his inspiration comes from the TV shows the Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits. Under the Dome is an incredible homage to that style of storytelling. There's a simple profound-ness the the Dome, and sometimes it doesn't need to be complicated. We are ants, going about our business, caught up in our daily duties, and all it takes is a seemingly harmless object like a magnifying glass, to help us understand our importance, or lack thereof. King is a magnificent story teller. I love his prose, and I love his casual style. I don't think he ever sets out to do anything but tell a story, but didn't our ancestors start with an oral culture of moral learning through stories? Under the Dome is one of the Stephen King books you need to put on your "to read" list. It's everything I love about King's writing, and it actually makes you think a little. How do you cope with authority? both self proclaimed or other? what happens when desperation takes over and you realize your helplessness? And most importantly, how will you make the little green men listen to your puny pleas for mercy?
I am reviewing the novel Under The Dome by Stephen King which is an excellent thriller which I bought from kindle. This novel which King wrote fairly recently is one he tried to write a long time ago. It's about a town where the residents wake up to find themselves under a mysterious dome which even extends underground and which they can't break. The military surround the dome with searchlights etc. King was concerned about researching this story which he felt must be as realistic as possible. In the beginning of the book someone is having flying lessons and crashes
into the dome & both are killed and the light airplane disintegrates. As the town is cut off law and order break down and there are shortages of things like food, water and even things like drugs. Some people even turn to manufacturing things like MDMA. There is a sort of civil war between the good and bad people. In one part where there is a fire they must breath through tyre valves. There are many crashes involving cars crashing into the dome. People also try everything to break the dome but it's resistance. Towards the end of the book they do get water into the town. It also has a happy ending. This is one of Kings better books & it's well over one thousand pages.
I've always had a love/hate relationship with King's writing, love some of his stuff, hate some of it. There's a scene in Pet Semetary that has haunted my nightmares for over half my life, The Stand was the book that piqued my lifelong interest in the PA genre, Christine bored me rigid and I despised and hated every word of Dreamcatcher. More recent stuff has been 'okay'. I enjoyed 'Cell' though there was nothing particularly deep in it. Tom Gordon...yeah it was okay. And I thought his best years were behind him. Right up until I read Under the Dome. His best yet. You start off meeting a lot of characters, a whole town's worth in fact. All trapped within an impenetrable forcefield. The town is trapped, families are split, there is nothing getting in or out of the dome and thus forms a microcosm of society. Power struggles galore. The ending isn't great, after such a massive story it is too abrupt and could have been better with a little more care.
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