Book Recommendation of the Week: Under the Dome by Stephen King


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This week’s book recommendation is Under the Dome by Stephen King.

I’ve been a huge fan of Stephen King since high school. My first Stephen King novel was Firestarter, then Carrie. His books were pretty much a staple to me during my college years since the library had most of his books. While I don’t love every book he’s written, I admire his talent and adore many of his books (and the movies/TV series based on the books).

I was hesitant to read Under the Dome due to the one thousand plus pages. That was a mistake because despite the size of the book, I read it within a week and had a really hard time putting it down. I’d dismissed reading it even though the book had been in my possession for two years before I finally decided to read it (the upcoming TV series actually inspired me to do this). I’ve been kicking myself ever since.

It reminds me of the Gone series by Michael Grant, except much darker and Stephen King. Grant was actually inspired by Under the Dome. This is probably one of my favorites of Stephen King, though I was really disappointed with the ending. But the rest of the book? Not one complaint from me.


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.



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