Under the Dome

Under the Dome

A Novel

Book - 2009
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sunshineagain
Feb 25, 2019

Voyeuristic in psychopathic behavior, but little drives this plot that drones on and on and on. At 500 pages, I decided I had to finish. Believe me, it's not worth the effort! What a disappointment.

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javant56
Sep 17, 2018

I need more time to read this book; unable to add more time tried to renew I need a little more time.

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deebitner
Aug 05, 2018

It’s time for another Stephen King book! This is the inspiration (and I use that loosely) for the TV series of the same name from a few years back. Reading this review will tell you absolutely nothing about the series, but if you want to know more about that you can check https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-season-finale-of-under-the-dome-recapped-by-the-do-1340612358 for an index of hilarious recaps written from the point of view of the eponymous Dome.

King opens with a highway leading into Yet Another Maine Town (this one, as with the others, located not far from Castle Rock). Abruptly an invisible, barely-penetrable-by-gases hemisphere slams down over the town, with the predictable car accidents the first human casualties. The town of Chester's Mill is in trouble, naturally, and the usual separation of the baddies and the good folk is set in motion. In this case, the baddies are led by Big Jim Rennie, owner of the auto dealership from out of town, his son, one of the other members of the town selectmen, and a deeply crazed meth addict. The good guys are led by a former soldier called Barbie, the town doctor, the town’s newspaper publisher and a very smart group of high school kids.

The power lines and phone lines to the town are cut by the Dome, but at first cell phone signals and wireless can get through. (As an amateur radio operator myself, I think King missed a chance here by not having one in town, but oh well!) The government soon jams the signals, creating the isolation in which awful people thrive. Big Jim is the stereotypical horrible person masquerading as an elder of an evangelical church, and he sees this as a chance to make everyone in town, including those who have opposed him, kiss his boots.

Barbie is on his way out of town when the Dome appears, since he had gotten into a fight with Big Jim’s son’s buddies. The Dome prevents him leaving, but sticking around provides a ready source of conflict. Human danger is soon joined by environmental danger, as the air begins to get more and more stale and polluted. And that meth addict’s drug-induced psychosis is coming to a head.

It’s a wonderful read of a potboiler, and if you enjoy King’s typical fare you’ll like this. The ending is perhaps more than a little deus ex machina, but that won’t deter most King fans. It didn’t deter me. Four of five stars, with the caveat that opinions on this may vary wildly depending on whether you’re one of those King fans or not.

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JSMUTGRSFN
Mar 31, 2017

This was a complete story with twists and turns. It had a very satisfying ending. Great job again, Mr King!

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HamHock
Mar 16, 2017

I really loved the book. First of all, I really liked the concept of the book. It is also a typical Stephen King novel, clearly the novel has much more details than the TV shows. However, I think the book is way too long.

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kalvin9791
Sep 23, 2016

Without knowing anything about this book other than thinking 'The Simpsons Already did it' (lol), I checked out this book and dove it.
It grips you from the start with excellent storytelling and with so many more questions than answers.
The book as a whole is amazing, for as long as it is, however
-SPOILER- (sort of)
The ending is way too quick and almost not satisfying.
The story in itself, however, does make it for it being so exceptional.
I would definitely recommend it.

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llawford
Jun 29, 2016

Despite the length of this book, I stayed hooked the whole time. First time reading a Stephen King book for me, so not sure how it compares to his usual books, but I found the small town atmosphere and the characters to be really well done. Worth a read!

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Marge2015
May 17, 2016

Loved it. Even with terrible the ending and lame explanation of the event is ok, since King does do those things pretty predictably.

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ZE1TGE15T
Mar 11, 2016

Concept was indeed brilliant. Character building was similar to that of King's popular novel "The Stand". I was disappointed in how all that character building seemed to be almost for nothing. The climax seemed rushed and poorly concluded. I would have liked for all the build up to have been been better tied together, thus leaving a more mysterious set of conclusions.

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denisekelleher
Jan 17, 2016

Brilliant concept, action packed, and hard to put down. Surprised at the ending and a bit disappointed

cmlibrary_snewsome Dec 22, 2015

I have been a Stephen King fan for over twenty years. I found that this book was another great read from him. The story focuses on the characters struggles with the isolation and the fear that set in after a dome encases the town. It is interesting to see when situations become serious, how the true natures of individuals come out.

juliajipa Mar 12, 2015

I really don't like this book, because I expected more. Bloody disgusting novel with typical awkward characters. I like King so much, but unfortunately this book turned me off.

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wyliea
Jan 12, 2015

Long. Good storytelling and character development, but as is typical with many King novels, the ending is somewhat unsatisfying.

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Persnickety77
Nov 24, 2014

i found the characters in this novel super predictable. they were like so many other stephen king characters from so many of his other novels. no new ground here... they all seem like parts of his mind in a more blatant way than with better authors.

that being said, the man is good at creating interesting situations, and his writing is easy to read and enjoyable.

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laksad
Oct 16, 2014

Way too big. I had to skip pages to complete the book. I liked the plot but such a lengthy novel is definitely not my cup of tea! This my first read of Stephen King and I think I chose the wrong one.

vmccreedy Aug 02, 2014

Makes way more sense than the TV show!

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silverwolfcc
May 27, 2014

It is a wonderful book though slow at times and gory. The TV show was a disappointment. The book is better.

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torna001
Oct 05, 2013

i've read several books that gripped me from the first page. This is not one of them. Been going for over a 100 pages and nothing. I've never read Steven King before and won't ever again. Don't like his writing style, his choice of words, and his characters. I'll stick to the TV series for this one. Much better for sure.
Taking this book back-what a waste!

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GinaMWright
Sep 23, 2013

Wow, talk about brutal! I started watching the series this summer, then wanted to read the book. The book is so much more graphic and brutal than the show. I thouroughly enjoyed it though! This is definately a book that you want to read on an ereader though, it mush have weighed 10lbs!

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smichal
Aug 31, 2013

the book is too huge. After several days of reading I think I was only 20% into it and I gave up.

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smmallory2012
Aug 13, 2013

I finished the book a couple of days ago. I loved the book, I am not a Stephen King fan by far, in fact this is the first book I have ever read of his, growing up and seeing his movies on TV was enough for me. The book is much better than the TV series if you were to compare them side by side. But if you look at each one independently they are both good. It took me about a week and a half to finish the book and would often fall asleep at night reading it. The book can get a little wordy at times and some things in my opinion could have been left out. But from what I have herd that's how he writes his books. Overall it was a great book, but if your hoping the TV series is like the book you will be highly disappointed.
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icehockeyrules Jul 23, 2013

I am just about to finish this book, and wow. It is so good. I couldn't keep my eyes off the page. I am surprised that it only took me 6 days to nearly finish that monster. Well, the story is really good. All the characters are well developed. But, I was watching the show last night, and the show SUCKS compared to the actual book. The people who created the story REALLY needed to READ the book, instead of making the show based off the cover.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "I was curious to compare this book with the tv series. There are some definite differences between the two. The book is a lot more detailed.

This is the first Stephen King book I have read in years, and it seems that he is getting back on track."

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clbrsnanet
Jun 18, 2013

I haven't seen, read or listened to anything by Stephen King in probably 20 years and I thought I'd give this unabridged audio a try. I found it fun and interesting but a bit too long for my tastes. I do intend to watch the TV series beginning next week to check out the special effects (or, lack of). I would recommend the audio version. It does take a lot of time, though.

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MeReneG
Jun 18, 2013

Haven't read SK in years, but am glad to have read this one, despite its considerable bulk -- which, come to think of it, rather matches the physique of one of the main characters. // The plot moves along quite well, despite the many characters, and he keeps you guessing for a long time about the source of the dome. // Ultimately, the book touches on various themes, including: climate change; human nature; greed; megalomania; self-preservation; mob mentality; limits of technology. // Looking forward to seeing how the upcoming TV series will treat it.


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