Under the Dome

A Novel

Paperback, 1088 pages

Published June 11, 2013 by Gallery Books.

ISBN:
9781476735474

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4 stars (10 reviews)

Under the Dome is a 2009 science fiction novel by the American author, Stephen King. Under the Dome is the 58th book published by Stephen King, and it is his 48th novel. The novel focuses on a small Maine town, and tells an intricate, multi-character, alternating perspective story of how the town's inhabitants contend with the calamity of being suddenly cut off from the outside world by an impassable, invisible glass dome-like barrier that seemingly falls out of the sky, transforming the community into a domed city.

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Review of 'Under the Dome' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I love Stephen King's writing. He can paint a picture with a few words that can leave me feeling nauseated, sad, scared or even terrified.

This book has some characters that personally make me want to commit murder. He can describe a psychopath better than anyone else.

The only reason this hasn't gotten 5 stars is because I'm not a fan of the resolution to what the dome is and who made it.

However I'm a big fan of the community and what happens to the town underneath.

Review of 'Under the Dome' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

3-3.5 stars for me. I have to admit I was disappointed after Duma Key. Of the two recent King books that I have read, I felt Duma Key was far superior. Under the Dome is the return of King with a more epic scale. Duma Key is a more intimate book, similar to maybe Misery, which also had a very narrow character focus.

In Under the Dome, Chester Mills, yet another New England town in King's universe of small towns, you have a vast set of characters, dealing with a disaster that happens straight in the first few minutes into the book. An invisible dome forms around the small town, keeping those inside in the town, and those on the outside stay out. The sudden creation of the dome causes lots of accidents that are described in King-style detail. The main protagonist is Dale Barbara, short Barbie, a cook who …

Review of 'Under the Dome' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

What an interesting concept: what would happen if a small town gets completely isolated from the outside world with a sort of dome-like cover? Speaking about living in a glass cage... I guess it's only natural for Stephen King to bring out the worst in people in such circumstances. Although it's very believable and superbly written, my own experience of the areas under the siege in the war circumstances taught me that people mostly don't react the way King made them behave in the book. Usually, living under the siege brings out the camaraderie and charitable nature of people—they help each other and cope together. Even the bad guys, while trying to take advantage of the situation to advance their self-interests, will still work with the others.

Still, King's cast of characters works well for the plot, and the power struggle in the little town under the dome is both …

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