Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stephen King's Best Books: #9 -- Under The Dome

#9     Under The Dome

Under the Dome [2009]--one of King's lengthier novels--describes the compelling struggle of the denizens of the fictional small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, and the deplorable depths that some are willing to sink to ensure their survival after a mysterious force field in the shape of an impenetrable dome cuts the town off from the outside world.  The result is dystopian chaos that turns deadly, with the flames being fanned by small town politics and ambition... and of course, with Stephen King at the helm, you can also count on a healthy dose of malevolent lunacy being thrown into the combustible mix.  The end result is an action packed pressure cooker that conjures Lord of the Flies meets The Andy Griffith Show.

The sheer number of characters in the novel, along with each of their overlapping plot lines, made Under the Dome an ambitious undertaking, but King manages to pull it off adeptly.  Like many of King's more recent novels, there is a bit of fat that could have been trimmed to make this 1,074 page book a bit more streamlined, but despite this flaw it remains a worthwhile, engaging read.

The book was adapted into a television series that aired during the summer of 2013, and will return for a second season in 2014.

Under the Dome [novel]

Under the Dome [television series]

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