Under the Dome

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Stephen King

Although daunting in size (it numbers over 1,000 pages), Stephen King’s Under the Dome did not disappoint, but did disturb me at times.  When the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside are challenged to stay alive as conditions rapidly deteriorate (only one week elapses during the course of the entire book), and the folks in charge make a grab for power.  The evil comes alive in the persona of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who loves the idea of total and complete power under the dome.  I will say the myriad of characters were not as appealing or well developed as in some of King’s other works (this book did bring back a few fond memories of The Stand), but no one – and I mean no one – writes total and complete mayhem like Stephen King.  He also manages to sneak in commentary on our capacity for good and evil – something you can find in many King books.  Worth reading.  Check our catalog.

Kathleen M., Administration

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