Under the Dome

This was ridiculous!!!! I had to re-read this prior to the miniseries starting because I could not for the life of me remember how this ended. But I didn’t have time to read it so I listened to the audio version. I really hated the narrator the first time I tried listening back in 2009. Hated him. His voices for women are still pretty awful but I got used to it and I was really curious about the story. I remembered the first half of the book really well and the second half was like I’d never even read it.

The premise for this book is fantastic. A dome falls around a town completely shutting it off from the rest of the world. Awesome!!! Well, as long as you’re one the outside!

Stephen King really knows how to make characters that you just truly hate. I hated so many people in this book. I was so filled with rage at times I wasn’t sure how he could even write some of those scenes. Some of these people were so awful I almost wanted to quit reading but of course I couldn’t wait to find out what happens next!!

When there were lovable characters I clung to them for dear life just praying they wouldn’t get killed off. Then you meet someone and it says right there in the book they are going to die but they are still alive and you start to get attached. “But wait! This person doesn’t suck! Just let them stay and instead you kill of so-and-so!” Not gonna fall for that one? At least I tried.

The time frame for the book is actually really short. The entire plot takes place just over a week which is really impressive. There is a lot packed in to that one week from hell. Everything happened for a reason or tied into something else which is really neat. There weren’t random plots just left hanging or half explored. This was plotted out wonderfully and came together perfectly at the end.

I will say for how epic and addicting the plot is, the ending was more of a fizzle and than a bang. I was left thinking, “Really? That’s it? Hm…” and that makes me a little sad. Overall, I totally recommend this book. It is so unlike anything I have ever read and probably will read. Even with the infuriating awful characters there are still some gems that you have to root for! I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.


7 thoughts on “Under the Dome

  1. Zelda

    It's REALLY different. You might as well not even read the book too close to watching the show. It took me a little while to separate them in my mind. After I was able to look at them differently I am enjoying it more.

  2. Nox

    In an interview during the filming of Stand By Me, Stephen King said something along thing lines of (and I'm paraphrasing here), comparing books and movies [and probably TV shows] is like comparing apples and oranges. They're both delicious fruit, but completely different.

    On that note, I'm a few weeks behind on the show, but it's ok. I do like the book better, though.

  3. Madeleine

    Oh, I agree. And often, what works in books is awful in movies, and vice versa! But both the book and the series are fairly big commitments, so I thought I'd see which one is more worth my time.


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