Under the Dome

Under the Dome

A Novel

Book - 2009
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The small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, is faced with a big dilemma when it is mysteriously sealed off by an invisible and completely impenetrable force field. With cars and airplanes exploding on contact, the force field has completely isolated the townspeople from the outside world. Now, Iraq war vet Dale Barbara and a group of the town's more sensible citizens must overcome the tyrannical rule of Big Jim Rennie, a politician bent on controlling everything within the Dome.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2009]
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439148501
Branch Call Number: FICTION KING 2009
Characteristics: xii, 1074 pages : map ; 25 cm


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May 16, 2017

Forgettable characters, terrible storyline, and a chore to listen to. I didn't finish it because I couldn't stomach it any further. Can't imagine how someone thought this was good enough turn into a tv show. I guess others felt the same since it was cancelled.

Mar 31, 2017

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Oct 03, 2015

One of the worst books I've ever listened to. Could not believe that this was written by Stephen King. It read like a discarded movie of the week script from the 1970's. Utter garbage.

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Bazooka_B9 Dec 05, 2011

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

Bazooka_B9 Dec 05, 2011

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The entire book is intense.

Bazooka_B9 Dec 05, 2011

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

Bazooka_B9 Dec 05, 2011

Violence: Violent, gory and brutal killings throughout.

Sep 03, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Jul 07, 2014

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

fairbae Apr 23, 2011

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


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GregWT Jun 19, 2011

Good. Technology a little data. Should have tried lasers and compressed air.

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