Under The Dome is my last Stephen King’s book in 2010. Reading this 1072 pages book is my word-breaking record. I started reading it on October 18 and finished it on November 8. 3 weeks for a book this thick is incredibly fast for me, and I didn’t even skim any sentences, I read all the words in this book. I guess that shows how much I love the book. The plan was to read this book on November 8 but I couldn’t keep the temptation away so I read it before the date I was planning to read it…but, I’m glad it finished on November 8
I could easily say that this is one of Stephen king’s best. In my opinion, UTD is not a horror book (there is no monster and ghost in this book), it is more like a physiological thriller. I could be wrong because people’s perception in horror is sometime different with my perception. UTD is about survival, survival from dictatorship and survival from the worst case scenario of global warming.
I’ll sum up the story first before continuing my opinion on UTD.
The story started in fast pace from many point of views around a small town called Chester’s Mill. A small airplane was suddenly crash into something invisible, and below the plane a woodchuck was cut into half. On the other side of Chester’s Mill, a truck exploded when it crashed into the same invisible barrier. Not far from that place, another car also crashed into the barrier. Meanwhile on the other side of the town, a woman’s hand was severed without even knowing what caused it. These incidents marked the beginning of the Dome days. Chester’s Mill was suddenly isolated from the outside world by an invisible capsule.
In the beginning, everyone moved on with their life as if nothing big happened, they believed that the government will help them. However, the town second selectman, Jim Rennie, had other plans in his head. He became more and more powerful. After the death of Chief Perkins, Rennie appointed Randolph to be the next Police Chief. Randolph was an idiot who was controlled by Rennie. Soon afterward, the police department was swarming with young policemen, some people called them as Rennie’s Army.
Rennie completely ignored president’s order which told him to let Colonel Dale Barbara took charge of the town. He even framed Barbara for the crimes he and his son had done. Putting Barbara inside the cell had made the town split into two sides. Rennie’s side and Barbara’s side.
Rennie’s dictatorship was not the only problem inside the dome, the dome itself gave more problems than Rennie. The Dome wouldn’t let the air outside to pass through into the town, and it kept the particulates inside the dome. The air inside the dome became dirtier than ever. The heat was also rising. Things become worst than ever as it reached the end of the book.
I will stop now because I don’t want to give any spoiler…you just have to read it to know what happened inside the dome. On contrary to the book I read before this, The Manhattan Hunt Club, which didn’t stand up for its great blurb… Under the Dome truly lives up for its great blurb. Here is the blurb I copied from the back cover
Just down Route 119 in Chester’s Mill, Maine, all hell is about to break loose…
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it comes from, and when – or if – it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set in seizing the reigns of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.
I love every part of this book. The hectic when the dome suddenly appeared was the kind of book I always enjoy to read. The way everyone behaves under isolation is what I call as the psychological side of the book, I love reading everyone’s emotion under Rennie’s reign and under the dome that slowly kills them. And the way they try to survive is also heart-breaking.
What I like the most about this book is how constant it moves, it begins with high speed and continues in that high speed all through the story without even slowing down. When I was reading The Stand earlier this year, I truly enjoyed the beginning of the story, it moved really fast but somewhere in the middle it became too slow, fortunately almost at the end it became fast again. As for Under The Dome, there’s no slowing down…its speed was the reason why it’s hard for me to put it down.
Without a single doubt, Under The Dome is a book for me. I’m looking forward to read more great books by King next year. So far, I have Night Shift, Blaze and Different Seasons (I have read Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, will read the other 3 stories in separate times) on my shelf.