Under the Dome: A Novel
by Stephen King
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Release Date2009-11-10 (added to CC 22 Aug 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank422
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.

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I loved this book. I would have given it five stars if it had ben trimmed down just a bit. The end droned on and on and on. I started skipping pages. It was a gratuitous effort to kill off a few characters for no good reason. Then the whole thing just kind of ended with a missed climax. That being said, I do adore pretty much anything King writes. He builds rich stories, interesting characters, and explores our most basic fears in ways most of us wouldn't dare explore. This book just didn't get me there all the way.
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