Under the Dome: A Novel

Paperback | July 6, 2010

byStephen King

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Just down Route 119 in Chester’s Mill, Maine, all hell is about to break loose. . . .

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.

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STEPHEN KING “RETURNS TO HIS GLORY DAYS OF THE STAND” (New York Daily News) WITH HIS NEW #1 BESTSELLING EPIC Just down Route 119 in Chester’s Mill, Maine, all hell is about to break loose. . . . On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible for...

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 firs...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1088 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.9 inPublished:July 6, 2010Publisher:Gallery BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1439196966

ISBN - 13:9781439196960

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Daunting An unexplained and invisible dome crashes down along the city lines of Chester's Mill, effectively cutting it off from the outside world. What happens over the course of the next thousand pages is a truly frightening exploration of human nature without the accountability of society. The description of the carnage and aftereffects of the impenetrable dome are classic King in their shock and awe and he certainly isn't afraid to portray heinous and unlikeable characters. I really enjoyed watching the turmoil unfold in Chester's Mill, which is a good thing because the explanation of the Dome's origins was unoriginal at best, however, I'll forgive Mr. King because he makes the story so much bigger than the finale that the message that emerges about human nature eclipses the weak ending. It is still a frightening expose of human tendencies and the corruptive nature of absolute power.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Under the Dome is Over the Top!!! Although the main plot of the story is the unexplainable dome which covers the town, the most frightening elements stem from the people themselves and how they deal with their sudden isolation. One man in particular, "Big" Jim Rennie is a megalomaniac posing as an empathetic and concerned citizen. In reality, he is more dangerous than the dome itself. This novel really focuses on the characters, Their struggles become your struggles. All in all, Under the Dome is an intense, hard-to-put-down, chilling read. Stephen finally got his groove back!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! A brutal insight into the dark side of human nature. It reminded me of Lord of the Flies. Good characters and suspenseful plot. Would recommend to any Stephen King fans.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read Gruesome and eventful from the very beginning! This was actually my first Stephen King novel and i really enjoyed it. It took me a couple of chapters to get into simply because there are so many characters to keep track of but once i was in it was awesome. The story just feels like there's almost never a moment to relax and you can imagine how action packed it is if you've seen the size of the book and know that the story takes place in a week!
Date published: 2011-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Book I haven't read a Stephen King book in a very long time. This is the first in many years. I enjoyed this book very much. The storyline was very interesting. The book became an obsession for every spare moment that I had. It took me a very long time to read, despite using every free moment that I had, because it is such a LONG book. But well worth it. Stephen King is an amazing author and always writes a riviting novel!! You won't be disappointed.....read it!
Date published: 2011-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nailbitter Stephen King has really outdone himself in this one. I had trouble to put it down. Went through it in a couple of days. Very addictive. I was a bit disappointed in that our hero, Barbie, did not get any revenge on the villianous Rennie and his army of cops. Rennies gang was wiped out in one fell swoop. But still a five star plus plus. Every fan of Kings will love this one. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read I haven't read a Stephen King in a long time... they tend to be so looooonnnnngggg. This was long, but I enjoyed the read. It does have a lot of characters to get to know, but King does a great job of that. The ending I found was a wee bit lacking but overall I am happy to have read it. Makes me remember why I loved Stephen King books. Perhaps I will find the time to try another.....
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not a bad book, however........ i have not read a stephen king novel in over 20 years, so when i heard all the hype about his new book, utd, i thought why not give it a shot? if you like a book that has a lot of characters in it, then this book is for you. i thought the ending was as predictable as you can get...would have been better if sk got into what happens after in their lives, and how the rest of the world reacted to what had happened. all in all, not a bad read, some funny parts, worth reading......
Date published: 2010-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I loved this book. While the story's timeline only spans a short time it still has the feel of an epic novel that took me back to The Stand. It's scary to think how fast things could degenerate if the normal rules are taken away. Stephen King has reminded me (once again) of how much I love his writing.
Date published: 2010-08-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ah well, you know... a gripping read but somehow unsatisfying SK knows how to reel you in, page by page. This was one of those page turners - very entertaining as you'd expect, but overall I felt that there were too many untied loose ends, sub-stories not quite fleshed out or completed to satisfaction. But I liked it, the premise is a great idea. Those bratty aliens!
Date published: 2010-08-09

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