Under the Dome review

under the dome

Goodreads: 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’m not going to lie – books like this make me wonder why King was ever one of my favorites.  I found it bulky, boring, and ended up not caring in the least who lived or died under the dome.  It was not what I expected from King.  I guess they can’t all be “The Shining” but really, this book didn’t do it for me at all.

The end seemed rushed and anticlimactic – rather The Cell.  Like King suddenly said “screw it” and put on any ending just to quit writing on it.  Just a bummer.

Sorry King, I give it a C-.



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