Under the Dome - Stephen King

Under the Dome

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2009-12-24
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,172 Ratings)


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.


  • A monstrous tale, but worth the wait.

    By youdidntbuildthat
    One of King’s three great “Uber-novels,” alongside It and The Stand. A high bar to compare this story to, no doubt, but for me, it didn’t disappoint. Don’t get me wrong, I had my doubts around page 500 or so. Like most of King’s books, it’s longer than it strictly needs to be, and a great deal of the exposition and character subplots are there for atmosphere, not plot related reasons. I read chapter after chapter of people treating one another horrifically, and it started to feel like just straight up torture porn. I wondered if it would pay off in the end. I can’t spoil too much, but for me it did. It’s all for a purpose, and it’s one that made 1100 pages all worthwhile. This one is in my top 5 Stephen King works of all time. Do yourself a favor and give it a try.
  • Under the Dome

    By Waynerogers6oh6
    This is one of my favorite books by Stephen King. The only drawback some people may find is the length of this book. It is very long. I loved it though.
  • Excellent Read

    By EvnanBradenton
    King lives up to his reputation. Fast paced. Good ending. For some anyway... Buy this. Very enjoyable read.
  • The King

    By cash1130
    The tv series of this was disappointing,it's like they were making it up as they were filming it. They should have followed the book more closely. Book ,5 Stars .
  • You still got it, my man!

    By Jago27000
    I've been reading Steven King novels since I was 13 ( probably a little young for " The Gunslinger " but it didn't stop me from enjoying every page. ) now almost 40, I still find every one of his books thrilling, frightening, angering, inspiring and rewarding by the end of them. " Under the Dome " is no exception. Keep em comin, my man!! You never disappoint. ;-)
  • Not my favorite, but still a great read

    By mjm11983
    This wasn't my favorite King book, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Definitely worth reading!
  • One of his best

    By Dog.
    Loved it from start to finish, didn't want it to end. Hard to put down. Awesome size.
  • Just wonderful

    By MattRC
    So sad to be out of the Dome! It will consume you.
  • Never read this book but...

    By Alicorn Beliver
    Ive seen the show and Monday was the season finale, SOOOOO GOOOD!
  • Pretty good but.......

    By 256mom
    I liked the story, but my biggest problem was the vulgarity. The story would been just as good without the "language" and detailed description of the violent sex acts. And i have to say i'm a bigger fan of the tv show.