Under the Dome: A Novel by Stephen KingUnder the Dome: A Novel by Stephen King

Under the Dome: A Novel

byStephen King

Paperback | June 11, 2013

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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.
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...
Title:Under the Dome: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1088 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.8 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:Gallery BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1476743940

ISBN - 13:9781476743943

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Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't Finish the Book Normally if I'm bored with a book or book series I will finish it anyway, but I just couldn't get into this book. There are so many characters, many of which are completely unnecessary, and the plot moves so slowly that I couldn't stay focused on reading. The idea itself is an interesting one and Stephen King is an excellent author with many amazing books but this is not one of them.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing This book was amazing, until about the last 100 pages. The initial start and slow build of the characters and storyline was King at his best. But the ending was so disjointed from the beginning of the novel that it made me laugh out loud and instantly hate the fact that I had spent so much time reading something for a very shoddy ending. Don't waste your time or money on this.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Stephen King novel! I read this book during the summer. It was the perfect vacation book and it's my favourite Stephen King novel! Loved it.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting It was good but also a bit twisted and weird
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An epic novel but worth the work! I really enjoyed this book, but it took me a long time to get through it as it is MASSIVE! The audio book is great but the TV show was a bit rubbish - so just read the book instead.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the television show did NOT do this book justice if you have not yet read this book, please do not base your opinion on the television series based on it...the show did NOT do this story justice. It is a must read
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Classic Stephen King - better then the television series!
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read this more times than i can count This book was so interesting, I just loved it. have re read it many times.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very good. What you would expect from one of King's best novels.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did not want to put it down Definitely better than the show, well to be fair, I quit watching the show after a few episodes so maybe it got better.. anyway, so many things are different in the book. One character in the book is very different in a bad (as in disturbing, not horribly written) way, they made him a slightly better human in the show. I understand why viewers may not want to watch certain scenes, but I still think they could've implied certain things. Anyway, good book :) sorry about kind of going into a review about the show.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Found it quite long but the storyline made up for it!!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was very large but went by quickly!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of kings better novels I thoroughly enjoyed this book, more so than a lot of other King works. The characters and story are engrossing and leave you wanting to know what happens next. Quite long, but some of the better characters in King's stories so it makes up for it.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from just okay I really love Stephen king but this book was a long read. The beginning and ending were both interesting but I found it hard to get through the middle. Too many characters to try to keep track of.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the read This was a long read for me, i had to invest serious time to really absorb the details that he writes so beautifully but 100% worth it. I know there is a show now and after watching only the first two episodes the book is so much better ( as it always is) Pick this up and you will not regret it.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it One of my favourites from King. His characters are very well written and the dome idea is refreshing. The show does not do it justice. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Personally I think this book was one of Stephen Kings best, it was hard to put down! I thought I was in for a rough time because I had seen the TV mini series first, although when I read the book it was a totally different world! The TV series and books were almost completely different. I was so thrilled! Great job Mr King and keep it up! Adult oriented for sure, if you can't handle thriller like movies, then this isn't the book for you, but if you are mature and able to stomach Kings style you will love it! #plumreview
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book! Stephen King has always been a favourite of mine!! This book was well thought out and executed. However I suggest you stick to the book only - the TV show - which I believe is cancelled now, had a negative impact for me, however the book is nonetheless great.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This book was good. The 1st Stephen King novel that I read.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to put down It was hard to put Under The Dome down when I should've been going to bed, but it kept me riveted right to the end. I'm just not a big fan of over-the-top swearing and sexual references. I realize that this is Mr. King's style -but not mine. If you have some time off and need a really good read full of suspense and gruesome entertainment, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read I just finished Under the Dome and I have to say it was an absolutely fantastic read. This is the first Stephen King novel I've read but I loved it. It left me guessing up under the final chapters and I couldn't stop thinking about it even when I wasn't reading. Sure it's got violence and adult content but King made me fall in love with the characters and made me hate others. I highly recommend this novel.
Date published: 2013-07-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from argh! something is totally twisted with someone who could write this! just finished after much skipping thru ,this book is dark,twisted and horrible!! WHATS THE MATTER WITH STEVEN KING??rape,children hurting ,gruesome deaths ,totally ugly!! someone needs to put this book under a dome and let it rot ,cause thats all itll do to your mind,,i dont even want this book in my house!! utter garbage is what it is .. WORST BOOK IVE READ BY FAR!!
Date published: 2013-07-05

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Under the Dome 1 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. Cars trundled along Main Street, flashing up winks of sun. The steeple of the Congo Church looked sharp enough to pierce the unblemished sky. The sun raced along the surface of Prestile Stream as the Seneca V overflew it, both plane and water cutting the town on the same diagonal course. “Chuck, I think I see two boys beside the Peace Bridge! Fishing!” Her very delight made her laugh. The flying lessons were courtesy of her husband, who was the town’s First Selectman. Although of the opinion that if God had wanted man to fly, He would have given him wings, Andy was an extremely coaxable man, and eventually Claudette had gotten her way. She had enjoyed the experience from the first. But this wasn’t mere enjoyment; it was exhilaration. Today was the first time she had really understood what made flying great. What made it cool. Chuck Thompson, her instructor, touched the control yoke gently, then pointed at the instrument panel. “I’m sure,” he said, “but let’s keep the shiny side up, Claudie, okay?” “Sorry, sorry.” “Not at all.” He had been teaching people to do this for years, and he liked students like Claudie, the ones who were eager to learn something new. She might cost Andy Sanders some real money before long; she loved the Seneca, and had expressed a desire to have one just like it, only new. That would run somewhere in the neighborhood of a million dollars. Although not exactly spoiled, Claudie Sanders had undeniably expensive tastes which, lucky man, Andy seemed to have no trouble satisfying. Chuck also liked days like this: unlimited visibility, no wind, perfect teaching conditions. Nevertheless, the Seneca rocked slightly as she overcorrected. “You’re losing your happy thoughts. Don’t do that. Come to one-twenty. Let’s go out Route 119. And drop on down to nine hundred.” She did, the Seneca’s trim once more perfect. Chuck relaxed. They passed above Jim Rennie’s Used Cars, and then the town was behind them. There were fields on either side of 119, and trees burning with color. The Seneca’s cruciform shadow fled up the blacktop, one dark wing briefly brushing over an ant-man with a pack on his back. The ant-man looked up and waved. Chuck waved back, although he knew the guy couldn’t see him. “Beautiful goddam day!” Claudie exclaimed. Chuck laughed. Their lives had another forty seconds to run.

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