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Under the Dome: A Novel

by Stephen King

Scribner | November 10, 2009 | Hardcover

Under the Dome: A Novel is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 27.
Don’t miss the “harrowing” (The Washington Post) #1 New York Times bestselling thriller from Stephen King that inspired the hit television series, following the apocalyptic scenario of a town cut off from the rest of the world.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1088 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 2.5 in

Published: November 10, 2009

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439148503

ISBN - 13: 9781439148501

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated out of 5 by from Some people say "it's the journey, not the destination" that is important. In the case for this book, it is (mostly) true. Clocking in at just over 1000 pages, you will come to care and appreciate the myriad of characters as they struggle for survival.
Date published: 2012-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it One of those books you actually miss once it is finished. I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific! When this book was given to me by a friend I was unsure if I would get through it. Stephen King is an absolutely phenomenal writer, but he can also be long winded. I was surprised to find I could not put this book down. The characters are funny and loveable, as well as the mystery surrounding them is curious and strange. I rank this book as one of my fave!
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I've not read very many Stephen King books, but this one is right up there with The Stand for one of my most favourites. It's got everything I wanted in a story. Characters I loved to hate. Accurate representation of propane explosions and general mystery. Kudos Mr King. Kudos.
Date published: 2010-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOOVED ITTTT I haven't read many Stephen King books but the ones that I did read gave me incredible insight into the author's impecable style and structure. I must say that this is the largest book I've ever read and I loved every word of it. Incredible plot, fascinating and at times terrifying characters, and as always hard to read at night but equally as hard to stop. I recommend this book with all my heart! You will love it just as much as I did, I promise!
Date published: 2010-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Started reading it... can't put it down Another gripping page-turner by Stephen King. I apologize for upsetting other readers with my reference to The Simpsons - at first blush, that was what I thought of when I heard of this book. I have started reading this book and I am spellbound by the details and the character development so far. I am very early into it, though, and am not deterred by the "phone-book" size :) I have read many Stephen King novels over the years and can't say I have been disappointed.
Date published: 2010-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! As always a great novel by King. I was intrigued by some of the characters and annoyed by others. Was a page turner and I read the book front to back without pausing to read any others which is unusual for me.
Date published: 2010-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Amazing book. Characters really captivate you. Wish there would be a sequel to this. Although I do not know what it could be about.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential King At 1072 pages, this is one of Stephen King's longest novels and in my opinion, one of his best. From cover to cover it was an absolute page turner that I couldn't help but get involved with. The story takes place in a small town, complete with all the necessary small town characters, whom were created exceptionally well. The character development was great which at times angered me infinitely because the main antagonist was pure evil and I had to remind myself that he was not a real person. That is what haunts me most about Stephen King's writing, because he creates such realistic characters that react as a real people would, and when you put a group of people in an extreme situation, it can get ugly... Very ugly. The story takes a turn that is reminiscent of Indiana Jones 4 which was not expected but was a pleasant surprise to keep me engulfed. I found it a very fast paced novel, with very few slower moments which made it a very fast read. The only negative I can think of is that the size of the book made it difficult to read while standing at a bus stop, however it was a good bicep workout. Any Stephen King fan should read this, and those new to his writing should give this one serious consideration.
Date published: 2010-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A page turner. Easy read. Reads faster than its 1000+ pages would suggest.
Date published: 2010-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A long and winding road I was very excited when I got this book, as a huge King fan, getting a 1000+ page novel is for me a joy. Now I know some people didn't like this book and while I admit it is not King's best, it's still worth a read. Anyone who likes mulitple character driven plots and books that really make you get pulled in then this is for you. In Chester Mills, Maine, one day a huge dome covers the town, No one knows where it came from, and it cannot be broken. While that in itself is an involved plotline where really shines is his perception of how everyday people will begin to act when they are faced with no consequences. Anyone who has read previous novels of his know, that King doesn't think very highly of most human beings in chaotic situations. But that's where the magic lies, it is the monster within ourselves that is truly more frightening than the dome itself or where it came from. No it's not better novel than It or The Stand, King's previous longer novels, but I still enjoyed it a lot. Worth the time.
Date published: 2010-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Several pounds of Stephen King excellence Don't let the double phonebook size of this novel put you off, it will hook you in from page one. Under the Dome is epic in scope, much in the same way the Stand was, but limited to one town. There is a huge cast of characters but you'll never have any difficulty in keeping track of who's who. One nice difference from similar titles in this genre is that the outside world knows what's happening to this town and is trying their best to help them out. (Normally, small towns in books like this exist in a world of their own, almost as if they weren't even on the map.) Also, with "Big Jim" Rennie, King has created what must be one of the most despicable characters ever. You could almost consider this book a page turner just because you want to know how this guy is going to get his comeuppance. A great effort from Stephen King, one of his best that I've read in a long time.
Date published: 2010-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I just finished reading Under the Dome by Stephen King and thought it was great. I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2010-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turner Once again Stephen King delivers: usual gripping pedal to the metal novel. I couldn't put it down. Great plot and characters: I liked the way King intertwined the usual alien/other life-form threat with today's real man-made evils such as pollution. King also offers great insight into humankind's ability to show altruism, courage and heart. But let's face it: he's also a master at creating devious villains. Under the Dome is a joy to read.
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bravo Mr. King Wonderful Under the Dome caught both my attention and imagination from the the first sentence to the last. As usual with King, his characters come alive for me and I either fall in love with them or hate them. I think King has a great insight into human nature and has brought the good and evil side of us into this book. From Barbie to Big Jim and all the character in between, each and every on became real and both lovable and dispised. Once again Bravo and thank you Stephin King for keeping me both enterained and sometimes scared shitless.
Date published: 2010-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting Read I loved this book. I could not put it down after the first chapter. I also loved The Stand which reminded me of this tale in the sense that there were a limited number of people who had to learn to live together in a changed world. My fascination was about how different people handle adversity, fear, the unknown and how they treat each other once out of their comfort zone. The characters were the kind you love to love or love to hate and their interplay was at times amusing, other times mundane and often, downright shocking. The ending was well, a little wee bit on the lame side and conveniently explained away but at that point, it really didn't matter. Give the book a go - you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best read in a long time! I was hooked after a page and a half and the more I read the deeper the hook was set. Characters were wonderful and the interplay between the characters and the plot was developing throughout the book. I found it difficult to put down and read it in much shorter time then I expected. At times, especially near the beginning, I was laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face . . .OK I admit to a strange sense of humour but some of his one liners were priceless! Generally of course it is not a comedy. It had been probably 25 years since I had read anything by Stephen King but it won't be twenty five days before I pick up another of his books. This is a must read not just for Stephen King fans but for anyone that likes a story very well told!
Date published: 2009-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tale Book started out with a lot of characters but once you got them all sorted out is was a "hard to put down" for me. Great story. Stephen King is on a roll with this one.
Date published: 2009-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stop comparing to The Simpsons! My biggest beef about this book, which has nothing to do with the book--go figure--are the comments from people about The Simpsons. First of all, anyone who has actually read this book will know that the ONLY similar thing is the fact that the town is cut off from the rest of the world. That's it! The comments about the book being just like The Simpsons are all asinine, annoying, and uncreative. Think of something else to say, people. I haven't read a King book is several years. There was no valid reason other than I had needed a break from his genre. Then King sucked me back into his vortex after he made those absolutely true comments about Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight Saga. Since I agree with him that, Twilight sucks, I figured it was time to pick up another of his books. In all honesty, Under the Dome isn't a book I was interested in. It just happened to be the one with the best cover, so I went with it ;-) It was awesome! King is truly the master of the unexpected. No one in this book is safe from the repercussions of The Dome blocking them in. Women, children, old people, good guys, bad guys, and even new born babies suffer in one way or the other. Whether it be a shocking death, injury or illness, King holds nothing back. The inhabitants of this two thousand or so population town try to come to terms with the The Dome, they each react and deal with it in different ways. Some want a solution and stop at nothing to find a way to lift or destroy the Dome. Some settle in for the long haul, some go on massive power trips and some take the cowards way, or say they say, out--suicide. Besides the individual stories and emotions, which are important, King has clearly done his research and delved into the other little, yet still key factors when it comes to what life is like under a dome. For instance, air quality. With no or little air getting in or out, the air they breathe soon becomes compromised. Humans are not the only ones who have to deal with The Dome. Animals react too, violently. What is the Dome, how did it arrive, who put it there, does it ever lift, disintegrate or shatter? All those questions are answered. I wont give it away, you'll have to read the book and find out. My only wish is that the ending had been more crazy. When I think of books like It, The Mist, The Shining, etc. They all had endings that messed with my head and and made me think. Although the ending in Under the Dome was good, it wasn't as shocking as I had expected it to be. It simply a nice ending. That's not bad, but it's not not what I expected from a King book. This is a book that I will be reading over and over again. It's wonderful. An A from me!
Date published: 2009-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stephen is back!!! Was reluctant to pick this book up as so many of his newer books have been a great disappointment....so very glad I did. This is the Stephen King I knew and loved...the man who wrote the best book ever written (The Stand)... I loved it...read it in three days and that damn near killed me...hated to finish it. Really hope he keeps this up or has more books hidden away that made us Faithful Readers :)
Date published: 2009-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy.... Another creepy, but great book. Don't read before bed, HA HA!
Date published: 2009-11-13

– More About This Product –

Under the Dome: A Novel

by Stephen King

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1088 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 2.5 in

Published: November 10, 2009

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439148503

ISBN - 13: 9781439148501

About the Book

In Stephen King's mesmerizing new novel, a Maine town is subject to the imposition of an impenetrable dome that isolates its citizens from the world.

From the Publisher

Don’t miss the “harrowing” (The Washington Post) #1 New York Times bestselling thriller from Stephen King that inspired the hit television series, following the apocalyptic scenario of a town cut off from the rest of the world.

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.

About the Author

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year.
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