Under the Dome eReader 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 There are few authors that can literally force to me read their longest books through the night and into the wee morning hours. Stephen King is one of those. "Under the Dome" is a post apocalyptic doomsday story set inside a small town. The kicker is that they're the only ones in the midst of the end of the world. The Dome, as it comes to be called, holds them all captive. They are cut off from the world. We are introduced to characters we grow to love, cheer and weep for as the tale is woven through scene after scene. You end up really wishing death on every one of the villains so viciously you can't help but love how King writes these characters. It is a brutal, painful and heart wrenching story of humanity at it's worst and best. Be ready for some violence, a very aggressive and disturbing scene involving a woman being taken advantage of by a posse of insanity. The blood flows and so do the lessons. The truth of our humanity (both the good and the bad) is laid out in detail. How humans can be callous, power hungry and dangerous all at the same time. It is also interesting how King brings the story to resolution. I'll have to read deeply into the ending once again as I must have missed a few points. King writes for depth and thought and I definitely felt it. If you like thrilling non stop put you on the edge writing, then this will be you welcome friend. If you can't handle it...well, go read Cujo. That'll fix ya right up.
This is definately a classic King novel, if there ever was one. The story is about the town of Chester's Mill, Maine, which suddenly becomes completely enclosed in a mysterious, transparent dome. Now, I could go on and on about the story for hours, but assuming you've come upon this review while sifting through the list of others before mine, then its safe to assume you already have a pretty good idea of what the books about. The novel follows a huge cast of characters, like 'Salem's Lot, IT, The Stand, and Desperation. It's not necessarily classic King horror, but it does an amazing job of sucking you into the story. After about page 500 or so, I found myself unable to put the incredibly large epic down. By page 700, I had gotten my money's
worth. The punch that this novel packs is unlike anything King has written in a long time. The characters are perfectly developed, and when it all draws to a (stunning and thought provoking) close, you'll almost be sad to see them go. Definately check this one out, you'll be very glad you did.
I absolutely loved this book! It is now my favorite King novel, ever. It really makes you stop and think about your own life and what you would do if something similar happened to you. Several of the characters related to at least one or two actual people that I know and it just made the book that much more intense. As for the length, I didn't think it was too long at all. Yes, it was character-heavy but it had to be in order for the reader to really understand the hysteria of a small town being cut off from the rest of the world and being ran by a maniacal, faux bible-thumping, murdering politician. I wanted to strangle Mr. Rennie until my knuckles hurt and his face was purple. I wanted so bad for someone to stand up to him and knock him off of his little pedestal.So when Andrea finally detoxed and was able to do it, I was physically upset when she was shot! GRRRRRRR! So close and yet, not. I was disappointed that nothing ever came of the VADER file - I would've loved to see how the people reacted to the dirt that Duke had on Mr. Rennie. Overall, best book, EVER! Now if King could just do a short, follow-up story on how everyone is doing postdome! That would be great!
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