Saturday, January 23, 2010

Book Review: "Under the Dome" by Stephen King

It's a beautiful fall day in the town of Chester's Mill, Maine. Residents are out and about, some enjoying the day, some trying to get out of town, some beating people up in a murderous rage. And then the unthinkable happens—an invisible dome drops down over the city. Since it's invisible, many people experience what happens when you run into the dome. And then they realize they—and in fact, the entire town—are trapped.

Stephen King's Under the Dome is more a story about a town in crisis, and how people respond to that crisis, than a traditional King horror story. You have the struggle for power by a corrupt town politician, the growing panic which leads to violence, feelings of doom, etc. And then, as King uncovers where the dome came from, things get a little more interesting.

I really liked this book, but there was just too much. Too many descriptions of what happened when people ran into the dome, the power struggle ran on for far too long, scenes of violence and destruction seemed to take forever and there were so many characters in this nearly 1100-page book it was hard to keep track. Sometimes I felt as if he introduced characters just so we could see them die. But he held the book together really well, and I felt the resolution was a good one, an area where I believe King has fallen short in previous books. All in all, a very compelling, if overly long, book.

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