[Review] Under the Dome by Stephen King

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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.

This book was absolutely beautiful. I started out watching the television show but I quickly moved into the book. I am so happy that I read the book before finishing the first season of the show. They were so very different from each other; that is for another blog post one day.

The book had a great story all around. I loved how King created an entire town of people and had so many people play key roles throughout the entire novel. My favorite character was Barbie of course. He was the one solid rock during the entire novel that had so personal stake in the town at all.

My favorite character to hate was Big Jim Rennie, but I think everyone loves to hate that man. I hated his son just as much for the things he did in the novel. Big Jim was selfish during the entire book. He was only worried about numero uno. King did a great job creating a character that I could actually hate.

This book was supposed to be a psychological thriller I guess, it never really got me that scared. I honestly haven't read any other Stephen King book but from what I have heard his books can be pretty terrifying. This book made you think about what could happen to a town similar to one you might live in. Not necessarily a dome being placed around it but other things that could happen.

I was really upset with the end of the book because I thought that there would be more to the dome disappearing. As I continued to think about it though, I realized that the dome happened so fast that the quickness of it's disappearance was quite appropriate.

I gave this novel 4 stars. 

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