Under the Dome by Stephen King
Posted by Caitie F on June 30, 2013
Summary from pub:
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.
I am a big Stephen King fan and we went out and bought this book the day it came out (and had a bad experience that I detailed over here). With the show coming, I wanted to get this done before the show started, which I did by a whole two days.
I really enjoyed the book. This felt like classic Stephen King. A large cast of characters, an impossible situation, and lots of gore. There were parts that were gross. There were parts that were horrifying. But as a whole, it is a very good story.
The villains are wonderfully written.They are BAD and it is great. You don’t know what they will do next to get more power – or what they will do just because they can.
The good guys are equally great. I had my favorites, including Julia, Joe, Barbie, and Rusty, but there were more than that. Since this is Stephen king, not all the good guys make it and it breaks the readers heart into a bunch of piece.
The one issue is that this is a long book and some of it feels unnecessary. I could skim chapters, which is never a great sign. I know the end is controversial, but I really like it.
That said, if you like Stephen King and long books, this is great.
I watched the first episode of the series and I am done. I knew there would be changes, but my favorite character in the whole book isn’t even under the dome. And some of the acting was terrible. It was not a show for me. I think it would have been much better if it was on HBO or Showtime and it feels like Stephen King is in it for the money, especially if it is a full series and not a mini-series.