06 June, 2011

Review: Under The Dome by Stephen King

Title: Under the Dome
Author: Stephen King
Published: 2009
Length: Hardcover, 1072 pages
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Found where: Borrowed from my local library
Counts Towards: 

Under the Dome
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.

My Rambles:
This was my first King novel (when I say novel I really mean a Huge Ass Door-Stop masquerading as a novel), and I have to say that I'm impressed. I went in blind, not really knowing what to expect and I'm glad I did. Though over 1000 pages Under the Dome was a surprisingly fast read and was taut and exciting and keep me interesting the whole way through. It only took me four days and I did little else though. 

I loved the way King weaved SO many characters and story lines merging into one huge one.
The more I read, the more the characters wormed their way into my heart - even the bad ones. To me the characters came to life, I felt as if I was part of the story, standing next to the characters experiencing what they were. I laughed and teared up and burned with anger for them, with them. 

And apart from a few rape scenes (with weren't as detailed as they could have been - something I'm thankful for), some "gentle" necrophilia and very detailed violence (which I don't really mind but some people would/will have problems with) I had no problems with this book.

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