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Tue June 26, 2012
Good Read: Under the Dome by Stephen King
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.
Matt Markgraf says:
“Don’t let the size of this near 1,100 page novel scare you… leave that task to the gripping prose true to King’s famous irreverent, glib and fast-paced style. A small town, not too different than one you may live in, is suddenly trapped inside an inexplicable dome. The novel begins with a series of brutal, yet oddly intriguing interactions with the invisible barrier and quickly launches into the various perspectives of the townsfolk, from a psychopathic teenager, to a power-hungry selectman, a plucky newspaper reporter, an overwhelmed physician’s assistant, an equitable ex-soldier, and over a dozen others. King breaks up these perspectives in a well-organized and believable way that draws out the mystery of the dome and the series of events into a wild and memorable ride. It’s an accomplished and satisfying read. Steven Spielberg is supposedly working on the mini-series!”
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