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Book Review: Under the Dome by Stephen King

under the dome by stephen kingGuest post by Cameron Plommer

Let me first start of by saying I don’t read a lot of fiction.  Hardly any really.  I’m more of a nonfiction guy.  I read a lot a business books and stick with authors like Seth Godin, Malcom Gladwell, Tim Ferriss, David Allen and Jason Fried.  With that said, it’s pretty amazing that I finished a fiction book with 1073 pages before it was due back to the library.  That is how much I loved Under The Dome.  As a first-time Stephen King reader, I now understand why so many of his books have been made into films.

The first time I was made aware of this book was about a year ago when the front cover caught my eye in a book store.  The cover’s artwork is what immediately drew me to the book.  Then when I picked it up and realized how big the book is – again it’s over 1000 pages – I never thought I could read such a long book, let alone a novel.

But ever since I picked the book up in that store, read a few pages and glanced it over, it was always something that intrigued me.  The size was enough to repulse me for a year, but the intrigue of a town being held captive by an invisible dome was strong enough for me to check out at the library.

Essentially this book is about an invisible dome that suddenly traps a small town (Chester’s Mill) in Maine.  Nobody know how the dome got there and nobody knows how to get rid of it.

Be ready for blood, guts, crashes, scalping and other juicy scenarios.  Some might call this book explicit and gross, I would say it’s realistic.   Realistic in every sense.  Stephen King thoroughly researched this book, from meteorological descriptions to a detailed map of Chester’s Mill.

The initial vastness of the novel that initially spooked me off soon became my favorite part of the book.  There are a lot of characters in this book.  I never once got bored of any one character, because the narrative would change up so often I never had a chance to get bored.

The book is told in third person, but with a cool twist.  For example, if the narrator (King) was writing about a certain character he would write as I he were that person.  Whether it was a skater kid, politician, farmer or policeman, the prose was tailored to how that character would think and act.  I hope that makes sense.

More than resource depletion, pollution or any other consequence you might expect to happen to a town sealed off from the outside world, this book is about people.  There are clear good guys and bad guys.  The good guys try to be calm and work together to cope with this unexpected problem.  Whereas the bad guys kind of like the dome and take full advantage of that disconnect from the outside world, to the point of murder, drug trafficking, rape, fire bombing and all-around deception.  The town becomes the perfect breading ground for politicians (one in particular) to become a dictator and install his own regime, not unlike Adolf Hitler and his Nazis.  I promise you will love to hate the characters in Under the Dome.

I highly recommend this book to anyone.  For a book with dozens of characters the book is not complicated and it reads effortlessly.  It is a page-turner in every sense of the phrase.  Once you pick this book you will not want to put it down, I promise.

About the Author

Cameron is a blogger and aspiring personal productivity coach.  When he isn’t working on building his business he is either reading, tweeting or playing guitar.  Check out his blog, How to Be Extraordinary, and say hi on Twitter.

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