I received this book for free from Own book in exchange for my honest opinions/ review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Under the Dome by Stephen King
Published by Scribner on November 10th 2009
Source: Own book
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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.
So, I LOVE this book.
I believe this is the forth time I’ve read it, or maybe even the fifth – it’s become sort of an annual tradition for me to read it every summer. I actually finished this in April, I think, but because of health issues, I haven’t been reading or reviewing like I normally do. I didn’t even update goodreads with it, because I’ve read this book so many times before – and can I just say, for a huge book, it reads so fast? I read it the first time in 4 days, and I’ve never taken more than a week to finish it.
Well imagine my surprise when I realized I’ve never actually reviewed the book here on the blog (though I have reviewed it on goodreads) – of course, now I wish I hadn’t sat on the review for so long, because for me, I write the best reviews (you know, well thought out, arguing both good & bad parts of the book with specific reasons for why I feel the way I do) 3-7 days after I finish a book. I need a couple of days to muse on the book & to start writing the review in my head, often arguing with myself over certain points. So a few months later? Ugh, not good.
So my first part of my review I’m going to lift from my original goodreads review:
I’m a big King fan, though I probably have only read about 1/3 of his books. This one is no exception. Sure, it’s long, sure there are sections that drag, and sure it’s far-fetched, but that’s why it’s called fiction. Dale and Julia are two of the many, many, many characters in the book, and they are probably my favorites. Junior, Jim Rennie’s Sr.’s crazed son, is also one of my favorites, in that “love to hate him” sort of way. This book, at its heart, is about ordinary people trying to survive and live another day.
I love the last line of that paragraph – so much so, that I had to really stop and think what else to write in my review.
I hate the Rennie’s – every time I read the book, I hate Jim & Junior all the more. Poor Junior is literally insane, and he does horrific disgusting things, but it’s not his fault, but man, Jim is just evil.
For the first time, really, I picked up on all the foreshadowing in the book. I was actually very, very surprised when I started picking up on it – how could I have not known the ending of the book (the first time), with all of the clues S. King left us? I just think every time I’ve read the book, I’m so swept up in the narrative and the little moments in everyone’s life, that I just didn’t see the foreshadowing.
I love disaster, end of the world type of books and movies, so yeah, I just love this, slow moments and all.
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