This is the second Stephen King I have read in the past few months – and the second one that I really enjoyed.
Make no mistake – it is long! But the story does move along.
In this one, a small town in Maine is very suddenly and very completely encased in a transparent cover, that comes to be called The Dome. The Dome is semi permeable – but only very limited air and water can get through. Conveniently, TV, Internet, and cell phones are unaffected. It is getting hot and smoggy inside, generators are dying, and food is going to run out.
The story is about what happens to the people inside the Dome facing an uncertain future. It’s a tale of how quickly society changes and how easy it is to manipulate people when they are scared. The characters are varied and interesting.
If I have any criticism, it is around the source of The Dome. No spoilers in this post though.
It seems there will be a TV series based on Under the Dome in summer 2013. But, looking at the Cast of Characters on Wikipedia, there may be little resemblance to the book.
Lesley’s Comment June 2013 – I just watched the first episode of the Under the Dome TV series this week. It wasn’t bad. The characters are indeed very different from the book, as I expected. I have problems following any show for any period of time, but I will try to watch this at least a couple more weeks.