Under the Dome

A Novel
King, Stephen (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Under the Dome

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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.
Authors: King, Stephen, 1947-
Title: Under the dome
a novel
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
Characteristics: xii, 1074 p. :,map ;,25 cm.
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ISBN: 1439148503
Statement of Responsibility: Stephen King
Subject Headings: Maine Fiction.
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction-2009.
Psychological fiction-2009.
LCCN: 2009018780
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It is a wonderful book though slow at times and gory. The TV show was a disappointment. The book is better.

Oct 05, 2013
  • torna001 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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!

Yes this book is brutal. There is a very graphic, upsetting scene. I had to stop reading as fallout from it was also very unpleasant. I haven't read Stephen King in years and forgot how violent he can be. I guess he has to keep topping violent scenes from other books. BEWARE!

Sep 23, 2013
  • GinaMWright rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

Aug 31, 2013
  • smichal rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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

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.

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."

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.

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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Dec 05, 2011
  • Bazooka_B9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The entire book is intense.

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Sexual Content: Lots of talk about sex and sex happening.

Dec 05, 2011
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Violence: Violent, gory and brutal killings throughout.

Dec 05, 2011
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Coarse Language: F-Bombs dropping left right and centre, sexual and otherwise. Lots of other swearing. Lots of drugs, swearing and violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Jul 07, 2014
  • hartmansr91 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"They walked back into the world together, wearing the gift that had been given them: just life."

Apr 23, 2011
  • fairbae rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Wear it home, it'll look like a dress."


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