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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.

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Under the Dome
Average rating
4.1 / 5
Great read
October 30th, 2015
It was a great read as Stephen King aways is. The T.V. Show only uses some basic premisses from the book. It will be interesting to see how it progresses.
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Smashing
October 30th, 2015
Just loved the adventure & how the myster of egg eventually brought ppl together then torn them apart. All for the Greater Goood
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Full of Emotion
September 2nd, 2015
Another great book from a great author. Full of highs and lows, action and emotion. I was full of emotion and sometimes had to put the book away as I couldn't cry at work.
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Under the dome
April 3rd, 2015
Great writing As always from Stephen King. Way better than the tv adaptation as this has a conclusion. Also a very different story and characters, i like both versions, just feel the series is gettinf more and more outlandish and hope it doesnt descend inro te totally ridiculous. Highly recommend the book.
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Boring As Hell
February 13th, 2015
I only made it to page 500 then it was like pulling teeth to read the rest and I love Stephen King but this book is boring
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Under the Dome
August 22nd, 2014
As always, fantastic Stephen King.
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Stupid Ending
July 13th, 2014
King had me hooked until the end. Very disappointing ending.
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Riveting and horrifying
May 31st, 2014
I was compelled to continue reading even though the story horrified me. Only the second Steven King I have read and maybe the last. What an imagination to create such a plot.Big Jim should drive fear into the heart of anyone dealing with used car salesmen.
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Under the Dome
May 31st, 2014
As disappointing as the "Lost" Series.
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Under the Dome
May 9th, 2014
I first heard about Under the Dome as as tv mini series. I watched some of it so I couldn't wait to read the book because "usually" the book version is always better. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting but I felt left down upon finishing the novel. Most of the story was exciting and fast paced. 3/4 way through the plot started to lag and the ending felt rushed. I have always enjoyed S.King stories but this had the potential to be much better than it was for the ending at least. For the first time in my life regarding a King novel, I wouldn't recommend it.
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Excellent
April 29th, 2014
This one rates up there with all ofhis greatest works! OUTSTANDING!!
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Under the dome
April 23rd, 2014
Started a little bit complicayed but later I couldn't put the book down. Interesting way to approach the concept of how we're distroying our own world.
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I had great hope for this
February 20th, 2014
I love Stephen King, but found this only average.
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Buenisimo
February 9th, 2014
Uff Despues de poco mas de un mes! Muy bueno :) Recomiendo leerlo, solo no hay q desesperar
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January 27th, 2014
Master again. Takes you right in from the first page.
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January 25th, 2014
Great story. Grabs your attention right from the beginning. You really get to love and hate the characters in this book. Another great story by S.K.
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January 24th, 2014
The story grabbed me from the start. There are so many characters that I wanted to find out what happened to them all as the story progressed. Some I really grew to dislike and I didn't want to read that part. Others I quite enjoyed and wanted to know more. In typical Stephen king style, he went I to great detail on things he didn't need to and skipped over parts that could use detail. Over all it's a decent book with an interesting ending. I wouldn't read it more than once though.
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January 23rd, 2014
I found this book to be particularly creepy and left me frightened as well as reflective. When we disregard the value of non human lives are we more or less evil compared to when we purposely hurt fellow human beings?
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January 23rd, 2014
This is a great book that I have not been able to put down. Chester's Mill is a town filled with fantastic characters that you know are lurking in any community. The situation with the dome causes people to change, and this is captured very well by Stephen King.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Bit slow to start but fantastic. Gripping and suspenseful!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Great book, really made me think about the society we live in. I read the book first and liked it much better than the t.v show. Definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thought provoking read.
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1 person found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
This book is exceptional. It has everything you would want: characters you love to hate, mysterious over-shadowing plot, brilliant writing, and of course, shocking plot twists! This was my first Stephen King book, and even though it's over one-thousand pages, I was reading 200-300 pages a day. Definitely my favourite book by my favourite author!
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January 23rd, 2014
Half way through it and I'm just getting a feel for all the characters.
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January 23rd, 2014
Really great book. You're mesmerized by the insanity of the situation and shocked to see how society breaks down in such a situation. Really captures your attention and I could not put this book down until I'd finished it 3days later. It's slight extraterrestrial influences leaves more to the imagination and the absurdity of the characters makes this book gripping! A definite must read!!
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Great read
January 15th, 2014
This is a wonderful book. I could hardly put it down.
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1 review
November 30th, 2013
Classic KIng, hard to put down once started.
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1 review
November 13th, 2013
don't bother with the TV show, the book is much better as is usually the case. A bit long (as per usual with Mr. King) but it held my attention throughout.
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November 13th, 2013
Stephen King strikes again! "Under the Dome" was brilliant and almost believable... almost. The characters were well written, I felt like I would know them if I ran into them on the street. Thank goodness that won't happen. The dome was scary in the sense that something like this could actually happen, one day.
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Under the Dome
November 12th, 2013
Great read! Kept me involved and at the edge of my seat from page one. I actually felt the joy the characters must have felt when the dome lifted and the fresh air poured in! Thank you for sharing this adventure!
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1 review
November 6th, 2013
Hardest read ever. Goes on and on. Disappointing if you have expectations that it will be like the TV series (not a fault of the writer of course).
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So so
November 5th, 2013
Good lessons to learn, but ending was pretty lame & wish there was more to the ending
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November 3rd, 2013
I loved this book. I had a terrible time putting it down and, since my favourite time to read is right before I turn off my light to go to sleep, I lost quite a few zzzzz's!
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Good character study under microscp
October 20th, 2013
Not what I expected... Good page turner more for character interactions... And very well written... The ending left me a little flat... Just didn't tie the pieces together for me... But overall a reasonable read... Am more interested inKing now and would read another... Suggestions??!!
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One of your constant readers
October 19th, 2013
Hard to put down. So much better than the mini series. Non readers miss so much.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
October 15th, 2013
Not bad, and not too wordy as King can sometimes go on. Usual teenage potty language, but generally a good read. Not too taxing.com
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October 7th, 2013
Don't be intimated by the size! Worth the time spent reading this one. Much better than the mini-series!
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October 5th, 2013
Loved it! Great read. Long book...but didn't want it to end. Ending didn't turn out like I hoped, but a good read nonetheless. On the re-read list for sure. TV series is very good too!
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October 4th, 2013
Took me awhile to read this one. Liked it but just didn't keep me reading like King usually does. Yet I still can't rate it any less than four stars because I did enjoy the story. If you are a King fan it is a book I would recommend.
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October 4th, 2013
This is the old style "Stephen King" & quite exciting. I watched the movie after I had read the book & the story is virtually the same. It sounds plausible in this day & age that a town could be somehow blocked in from the rest of the world. Who knows what alien beings are out there? Give it a go as a very good read.
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October 4th, 2013
Page turner. Couldn't put it down. Ending got a little strange, but great story that I enjoyed.
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October 4th, 2013
Another one of Stephen King's well written books. I enjoyed this and found that once all the intro was done of very hard to put down. A thought provoking, yet science fiction novel that you can lost in!
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October 4th, 2013
While I loved reading the book I found the ending a little disappointing. I found the characters were very realistic in the way people would generally handle an extreme situation, thus making them believable. I recommend the read before the television series!
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October 4th, 2013
While I loved reading the book I found the ending a little disappointing. The characters were flawed which made them very realistic and it was interesting to see how people handled a situation on both sides of the dome.
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October 4th, 2013
Don't let the poor rendition being shown on TV deter or mislead you. The book is much better! [not to mention an entirely different story] Stephen King is the premier horror/thriller writer of our time but because so much of his stories happen on the mental level they don't translate into movie and television well. You will not be able to put his down.
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
Another amazing book by Stephen King. Also another book of Mr. King's made into a television series. Can't wait to see what he will write next. A must read for Stephen King fans.
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
Another great novel by a Great author!
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October 4th, 2013
Loved the book. Classic King. Not so much the series.
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October 4th, 2013
Keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. Makes you want to the end just to see what or who made it.
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October 4th, 2013
I really loved this book Stephen King has to be one of the best writers out there,the book is so much better then the TV show.
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1 person found this helpful
October 4th, 2013
This is one of Stephen King's better novels. It is one huge book but thoroughly enjoyable - very different from the TV series and I enjoyed this book more than the show. Characters are developed with various idiosyncrasies and others with malicious thoughts and deeds. I recommend this book for all Stephen King fans.
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October 4th, 2013
I loved the book because I love Stephen King. He usually keeps a person on the edge of their seats and are usually hard to put down. I would recommend this book for all Stephen King fans.
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October 4th, 2013
Excellent book! Another Stephen King classic
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Under The Dome
September 25th, 2013
I have give this book a five star rating. Stephen King with another fantastic novel with twists and bends and an outcome with a few surprises.
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Under the dome
August 27th, 2013
Great book soon different from the TV series!
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What a ride.
August 21st, 2013
I've read my fair share of Stephen's novels, yet this one is right up there with the sense of excitement and unpredictability of The Langoliers. It's always exciting to pick up a novel that you KNOW will be well written, and with the size of the story, heavily expanded upon. The nature of this story left little ability to predict the next steps, and I for one was entranced.
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Under The Dome
August 19th, 2013
Excellent book! The television mini-series (what i've seen of it) does not do the book justice!
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Under the Dome
August 18th, 2013
Wow!!! I watched the first episode of the series and decided then that I had to read the book instead of watching the series first. An excellent decision on my part. The story was super interesting, because off the many rich characters. Thank you Stephen King for the pleasure of reading this great story!
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Under the Dome
August 17th, 2013
A long ,entertaining, gripping novel. With many characters that were easy to follow. Loved it.
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Under the Dome
August 17th, 2013
Fabulous and riveting , very detailed, Highly Recommended
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Under the dome
July 26th, 2013
Excellent writing. Often disturbing content. A little weird but that's King's way.
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Under the Dome
July 25th, 2013
Great read. Frustrating at times but probably why it was so effective.
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Under the Dome
July 19th, 2013
Done finally Enjoyed this again..
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Another great S.K. novel.
July 10th, 2013
I don't know what it is that keeps drawing me back to him, but I adore his books. This one a little long-winded, there was story in there that you didn't really need, but I understood why it was thrown in. Filled with characters you like and root for, and characters you absolutely loathed (Big Jim, you got off easy!). However, for a book that is a thousand pages, the ending felt rushed to me. I was expecting the weirdness, not the rush. But another great novel just the same!
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Under the dome-not worth it!
June 25th, 2013
I usually do not write reviews about books but this book needs it! Please do not buy this book it's better to just watch the series! It's so long and takes you in circles! Honestly, this was a waste of my time and brain cells!! This book is not worth the $14. I will admit the idea of the book is intriguing but that's where it ends! It's too many characters and their perspectives to fall in love with any character, so be prepared to be confused! But don't fret because all of the characters in this book seem to be intentionally unlovable!! Overall this book should have stayed the under the dome!
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Under the Dome
June 19th, 2013
I didn't want it to end but I liked the end!
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
June 5th, 2013
This book is so exciting and fast paced, you won't want to put it down. Stephen King did an amazing job!
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Under the Dome
April 29th, 2013
For days I LIVED under the dome with Barbie and Big Jim and all the rest. It very nearly became MY world for nearly a week! This was my first King novel. It WON'T be my last!
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A Good Yarn
March 16th, 2013
I have been a Stephen King fan for "forever", I have always commented that he "spins a good yarn"; this story does not disappoint. Another keeper for my library.
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Too long
March 5th, 2013
And by that I mean King needs someone to tell him that bigger isn't always better. This story could have been told just as well with 100 or so less pages. It just goes on and on like Steve's other novel Insomnia. As for the story itself, well, it's alright, but nothing great.
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Long but worth the read!
February 10th, 2013
As always with s. king. A loong and crazy tale, but one with tons of turns and excitement along the way. If you're a fan of his it's a must read.
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Facinating idea what if...
February 8th, 2013
King reveals the darkness of Human Soul Again, this book keeps you in a grip
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Fun and interesting
February 2nd, 2013
Always amazed by his imagination.
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Wicked story!
February 1st, 2013
Thai book was fantastic and I can't wait for the show.
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