Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Book review: Under the Dome by Stephen King

Blurb: 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 give it 5 stars

My Review: Stephen King knocks it out of the park again with another stunning work of fiction. Under the Dome is a picture of small town life gone horribly wrong as a mysterious force cuts the inhabitants of Chester's Mill off from the rest of the world.
This is a powerful story about how quickly things can go bad in the face of an unthinkable catastrophe. Especially when the wrong man has all the power. Most importantly, it's a story about people. That's one of the best things about this book, the characters come alive on the page. You'll love them. You'll hate them. You'll root for their survival, or hope for their demise. You'll ride the rollercoaster of emotion as things grow worse Under the Dome with each passing day. And the end, you'll feel as if you were right there with them through the triumph and the tragedy. Because that's the power of a well crafted story, and nobody does it better than King.

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