Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Under the Dome unfolds on a typically beautiful fall day as the town of Chester’s Mill, Maine is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome. 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 knows where it came from, when (or IF) it will be gone, or why it is there. Over a period of one week, the situation inside the dome deteriorates rapidly due to the ecological effects and the interrelationships of the townspeople who don’t always see eye to eye.
King keeps a large cast of well-rounded and interesting characters busy, while retaining the familiar appeal that has drawn and kept King fans for decades. Don’t let the 1000+ page count discourage you. King keeps the “pedal to the metal” in this fast paced and compelling narrative.