Friday, December 11, 2009

Under The Dome - A Review

Under The Dome - Stephen King (Bought)

  • Pub. Date: November 2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardcover, 1088pp
  • Sales Rank: 12


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 Thoughts:

Yes! I finally got this monster finished! I was beginning to think I wouldn't get to read anymore books this year at the rate I was going.

This was a huge undertaking for me. It has been a very long time since I read a book of this length. Two weeks later I have completed this monstrosity of a book. Mr King gives the reader so much information that for me, I have to slow my reading way down just to take it all in. I had to read in shorter bursts so I could digest it. You've got your main plot and then you have several smaller plots building through out that mix in with the main plot.

The premise of the story itself is interesting. The idea of being shut off from the outside world and see how you and your town would react to such a situation, I find intriguing. The characters all had varying reactions, all of which felt fairly plausible. I liked this. It gave the book a sense of realness.

I found the little snippets of political and literary views to be humorous, although It wouldn't surprise me if some people found it irritating on some level. But I definitely saw this scattered here and there throughout the book.

On to the characters. There's not a whole lot to say you either love them or you hate them. You get a pile of both in the book. One minute your all into the story and the next some idiot character has you seething. Boy did some characters have me seething so bad at times, I wanted to reach into the pages and throttle them!

Well this review went a little off course from my usual reviews. A little on the technical side for me. So my final thoughts, I liked it. It was long and the ending was a bit strange but all in all I really enjoyed it, even if it took me nearly two weeks to read.

~Special note for J. Kaye~ Yes it has an ending, a bit strange, but an ending was had.

~EDIT~ I forgot to mention there should probably be some warning for voilence, some sexual violence. It is Stephen King so violence and gore is normal but I decided I should note this just in case some don't know his writing style.


Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I asked for this one for Christmas. I know it's going to take me a million years to read it. :) Thanks for the review. You're the first I've read so far.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow, that is a long book! I've read books of that length, but to delve into one that sounds so intense and then to be caught up in it for that length of time...well, I'd really have to be in the mood for it!

Your review is excellent and I am tempted!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Goodness, two weeks? I hope it was worth it. Well, sounds like it could be. Great review and well done on finishing it!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I havent read King in so long.... he used to be one of my favorite authors. This one sounds interesting.

Anonymous said...

LOLOL! I am so behind on my blog reading as you can tell. Thank you for letting me know this one has an ending. I think I'll opt for the audio since it's so long. It might take me a month, but at least it has closure in the end.

Zia said...

UPDATE - just remembered I forgot to add a small warning to the review for material. Just did an edit.

Anonymous said...

I look forward to this one.

Laura Hartness said...

Saw your link for this review over on Cym's blog. Thanks for posting your thoughts! I won a Galley copy of this off of Twitter and I've been otherwise occupied to start it. And a little intimidated, too. I'm glad it's a good story-- I don't want to waste my time with such a tome!

Laura Hartness

Seak said...

I'm also coming from Cym's blog. Good review. Stephen King is hard for me especially when he gets wordy. I really like the premise of this book, so I may have to check it out.



Anonymous said...

I won this in a giveaway and am patiently waiting for it to arrive. I love King, and although I'm not a big fan of long books, I can't wait to read it. I'm here from Cym's blog too!

Allison said...

Nice review!! I got this one for my sister for Xmas..and will probably get aftre she is done..I love Stephen King..and it looks like he didn't let us down!!