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Under the Domeby Stephen King
Well-written, compelling, and intelligent on ethical questions, this epic is worth its daunting page count. Reminiscent of his earlier work, particularly The Stand and It, Under the Dome is Stephen King's best book in years.
As a long-time, dedicated (yes, the word rabid comes to mind) King fan, Dome is a refreshing reminder of why I fell in love with his writing years ago: great characters, great plotting, and a wonderful sense of what scares us the most. This is easily King's best novel since The Stand, and, similarly, King takes a group of people, presents them with an extraordinary and frightening situation, then lets human nature take over. The results are fascinating, suspenseful, and sometimes horrific. However, at the heart of King's stories is the conviction that human kind has a better nature, if we choose to recognize and use it.
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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.
"King's return to supernatural horror is uncomfortably bulky, formidably complex and irresistibly compelling. When the smalltown of Chester's Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome's ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who likes the idea of having an isolated populace to dominate. Opposing him are footloose Iraq veteran Dale 'Barbie' Barbara, newspaper editor Julia Shumway, a gaggle of teen skateboarders and others who want to solve the riddle of the dome. King handles the huge cast of characters masterfully but ruthlessly, forcing them to live (or not) with the consequences of hasty decisions. Readers will recognize themes and images from King's earlier fiction, and while this novel doesn't have the moral weight of, say, The Stand, nevertheless, it's a nonstop thrill ride as well as a disturbing, moving meditation on our capacity for good and evil." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Under the Dome is King at the top of his form. He manages an intricate plot with seamless skill, he brings a large cast of characters vividly to life, and he puts the pedal to the metal with a story that charges through more than 1,000 pages with a constant fusillade of surprises." St. Petersburg Times
"[King] can produce great work...and he has done it again here....Regular King readers will rejoice at his return to his strengths. Some will balk at the page count, but a fast pace and compelling narrative make the reader's time fly. Highly recommended." Library Journal (starred review)
"[U]tterly engrossing and awesomely entertaining....Under the Dome is the sort of book for which the phrase 'page-turner' was coined: You'll never tear through a 1,000-page book so fast." Miami Herald
"King keeps a huge cast very busy in his third-biggest novel ever...
"This is King humming at the height of his powers, cackling at human folly, taking childish glee in the gross-out and all the while spinning a modern fable that asks some serious questions without sounding preachy." The Christian Science Monitor
"[A] foot-on-the-gas-narrative told in breathless idiomatic style. King couldn't give two hoots for ornamental language or lyrical phrasing, but you've got to admire him for making this so compelling. Although he's an undisputed master of suspense and terror, what gives King's work heft is his moral clarity." Graham Joyce, The Washington Post Book World
"Under the Dome takes a lucid, commonsense approach that keeps it tight and energetic from start to finish. Hard as this thing is to hoist, it's even harder to put down....It also has a great capacity for escapist fun, without which Mr. King could never lure readers through such a long trek." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
On a beautiful fall day, the town of Chester's Mill, Maine, is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one knows what this barrier is and when — or if — it will go away.
In Stephen King's mesmerizing new novel, a Maine town is subject to the imposition of an impenetrable dome that isolates its citizens from the world.
STEPHEN KING “RETURNS TO HIS GLORY DAYS OF THE STAND” (New York Daily News) WITH HIS NEW #1 BESTSELLING EPIC
Just down Route 119 in Chesters Mill, Maine, all hell is about to break loose. . . .
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardeners hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isnt just running short. Its running out.
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Lisey's Story, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book On Writing was also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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