Book Review: Under the Dome by Stephen King

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My first big book of the year was indeed an epic one!

Book Description:

In UNDER THE DOME, King has produced another riveting masterpiece. The end of every chapter hooks you into the next, drawing you inside a psychological drama that is so rich, you don’t read it, you live it.

It is the story of the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can get in and no one can get out.

The normal rules of society are suddenly changed and when food, electricity and water run short, the community begins to crumble. As a new and more sinister social order develops, Dale Barbara, Iraq veteran, teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption that is sweeping through the town and to try to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late . . .

My Thoughts:

Wow, what an epic read! Where do I even begin when there’s so much awesomeness in one book? How about with the accuracy of the following statement – “you don’t read it, you live it.” At over 800 pages, I split this this book into four parts, and read a bit each week, and each week I basically lived under the dome too, such was King’s ability to transport me to the setting of this novel. I won’t even attempt to take you through the events that occur because a lot goes down under the dome.

Instead, I’d like to focus for a minute on the characters – damn, does King know how to make you love and hate. King introduces you to many characters in this novel, some more memorable than others, and probably far to many are introduced far too soon. But, that doesn’t matter for two reasons; firstly, you remember those you need to, and secondly, when King mentions a secondary character, you are able to recall their subplot easily. That can only be attributed to King’s masterful storytelling. Prior to reading this novel, I did watch the first season of the TV series, so it was somewhat easier for me to remember the characters as I could literally put a face to the name; in the hardback edition I read, there’s a table of “who’s who” at the beginning, that you could refer back to if need be.

As you read this book, you’ll divide the town into two halves, the good, headed up by Dale “Barbie” Barbara and Julia Shumway, instantly likeable and you root for them from the very beginning. Then there’s “the baddies”, led by Jim Rennie, and what a horrid bunch him and his lot are! Until meeting Jim Rennie, I have never actively thought out many painful deaths, I’d like a character to meet. There’s no denying, however, that he makes this novel what it is, he gives you someone to focus all your anger on, and when you meet his son and his “recruits”, actually, you can spread that anger far and wide.

There were so many discussion-worthy points in this novel, some completely unpredictable, some you saw coming but loved anyway. There was also so much wonder, for example, the pink stars falling. What I will say is, I think this is one of those novels that you will know very early on if you like it because the writing and plot style is consistent throughout. Personally, I love when an author tells you, in one intriguing sentence, a little bit of what’s going to happen later on in the plot, it makes me excited to see how and why it happens. Under the Dome consists of many subplots, and I won’t deny, there’s A LOT going on, it’s ambitious, but it 100% works!

My only worry while reading this novel was, I loved it so much, I was worried about the ending, how do you end a story so epically told? While I won’t tell you how this one ends, obviously, I will tell you that King ties up every loose end you care about, including the fate of every character you care [or don’t care] about.

Do I recommend Under the Dome? To any, and everyone, read it!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK / Book Depository

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Author: Janel - Keeper of Pages

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30 thoughts on “Book Review: Under the Dome by Stephen King”

  1. Awesome review! This is actually one of the few King books I still have to read (probably the size of it has meant it kept getting pushed down the TBR pile). Will definitely bump it up now though. Great idea to break it up into chunks ….might try that!!

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    1. Splitting it into chunks definitely helped! I hosted a readalong on Instagram so there were about 8 of us reading it, and we had weekly discussions so it was so much fun to read, it kept me from focusing on the size 🙂

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    1. Thank you 😊 A lot of people seem to have an issue with the ending 🤷🏾‍♀️ I need to watch the second series of the show to see how it ends 🙂 This read has sparked my love of King and I’ve already got loads of his books in mind that I want to read, haha!

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      1. Haha I know, I know! I’m kind of used to King’s death and destruction I hate to say, I just thought the dog was kind of unnecessary- what can I say I’m a dog girl! 🐶 You’re right, Sammy’s story was very moving. ☹️

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  2. There is one author I have yet to read anything by- King… I have The Stand sitting on my shelf for 2 years now and I just… I just keep pushing it out… I do admit, the way you describe this particular title has me intrigued! Great review… One day I will conquer one of King’s books! 😀

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    1. Oooo I’m hosting a readalong for The Stand later in the year, you should join in!!!!! It’ll likely be in August 😃 it’ll be on Instagram and we’ll split the book into chunks and have weekly discussions 😊

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      1. I really like The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. It’s one of the shortest Stephen King books, and it’s very psychological. I think that was the first King book I read, actually. The Eyes of the Dragon is another one I enjoy, it’s about a kingdom, a dying king, and is very mysterious and chilling. I would also recommend Joe Hill’s (Stephen King’s son) book The Fireman if you haven’t read that. It’s one of my favorite books.

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