Title: Under the Dome
Author: Stephen King
Published in English: 2009
Dansk titel: Under Kuplen
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2010
Forlag: Lindhardt og Ringtoft
Finished Reading: October 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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 selectwoman, 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 overall thought about the book is that it’s good and imaginary. However, one thing that annoyed me to death was the introduction of so many different characters and the continuation of getting to know these characters and if you met a character you though was cool or interesting you were certain they died either in the beginning or at the end of the book.
I thought the effort that was put into us readers getting to know these people were a bit superficial and frankly, unnecessary. Don’t get me wrong Stephen King truly has a gift when it comes to world building and character building and if following multiple characters isn’t a problem for you I think this book will be a blast to read. However, I don’t like it; it made me confused at times.
Language wise it’s one of the easier Stephen King books to read the only obstacle is the endless amount of pages and characters. If the 1100+ pages scare you, I’d say give the television series a go! It’s very similar in the first few episodes but of course, it’s not the same! I fell in love with Barbie he was such an interesting character and when reading it I kept hoping that the next chapter would be about him.
This is a sci-fi with a lot of stuff happening but it’s not scary! However, the description of the events are very graphic and detailed, it’s almost as if you’re a part of the Chester Mill community struggling alongside the townies for survival.
I loved the twist and turns that happened now and then, and it was interesting to see the development, the individual characters went through, during the entrapment. Now that I’ve finally finished this after a long hard struggle, I’m happy that I continued because it really made me think about how I would react in the unlikely scenario that it was I trapped under a giant impenetrable dome.