Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: Under the Dome by Stephen King

Under the Dome by Stephen King

I didn't think I would get this read in time for the mini-series but I did. Yay!

I could not put this book down. Reading it on my phone, of course, allowed for reading in many locations. My parents thought me a bit rude when all I could do was stare at my phone the whole time we were visiting. I was taking advantage of the fact that they could entertain the little girl.

Anyway, I loved it. Stephen King can do no wrong in my eyes. 

The premise, a town cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible dome, is pretty creative. The effects it has on the people within could only be truly explored by King. He can see the darkness within these supposedly "good" people and show how easily the dark can come out when there are no consequences. When the dome comes down some respond in fear, others attempt to gain power and a few try to keep order.  It is amazing how quickly everything goes downhill in a week. 

There are so many characters in this book. A little hard to keep them all straight at the beginning. The numbers dwindle down a bit, though, made it easier to keep track of who is who. There are the good, the bad and the just plain monstrous. It is King, after all.

Barbie is the perfect protagonist, slightly flawed, but brave and willing to help the town despite having been feet from the town limit. Big Jim Rennie is the small politician in a little town who wants/needs power over everyone and gets the chance on this day. He may be the only one inside who doesn't want it to go away. 

The pace was perfect, the explanation of what the dome is-interesting and so simple, yet terrifying. Makes one feel so little. I also liked the global warming effects that take place within the dome. A little environmental commentary to make us think about what we are putting into our air. Lucky we aren't surrounded by a dome.

Ready to watch the show. Will you be watching? Starts Monday, June 24th on CBS.

Happy Reading!

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  1. Way to go! Congrats on finishing King! lol. I read the Green Mile but other than that have never been able to get through a single book. Though, this sounds like a good one!

    1. I don't scare or gross out easily so I love his books. This was more scary in the sense that you could totally see the reality of people losing it in this situation.

      Anyway, Thanks!

  2. I would have loved to have read this before the series, but never got to it. Congrats on finishing it in time and thanks for your review.
    - Belle

    1. Thanks. Tried to review with no spoilers. Think I managed. :)
      will you be watching the series anyway?

  3. I started a bit late reading it so I am only at page 150, but I already love it. King truly excels at pulling you in quickly!

    I love Barbie! Please tell me he doesn't die?! Well, don't tell me, but I do hope it's all good for him in the future!

    I had to laugh at "The numbers dwindle down a bit, though, made it easier to keep track of who is who" because it is so, so true! Page one and already Claudette was biting the dust. Ha!

  4. P.S. : Thanks for the spoilerless review! It's fun to be able to comment without fear! Haha! :D

  5. King definitely makes some interesting points about society. Kind of makes you worry, doesn't it? Are there more bad people out there than good? Are the majority of people essentially sheep who will go with whatever is the easiest explanation?


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