- Publisher: Hodder Paperback
- Format: Paperback | 896 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 58mm | 600g
- Publication date: 8 July 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0340992581
- ISBN 13: 9780340992586
- Illustrations note: Black and white map
- Sales rank: 2,916
The second season of the television adaptation of UNDER THE DOME will receive its UK premiere on Channel 5 on Monday, August 25th (produced by Steven Spielberg). King's bestselling novel centres on a small town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible dome. In UNDER THE DOME, King has produced another riveting masterpiece. The end of every chapter hooks you into the next, drawing you inside a psychological drama that is so rich, you don't read it, you live it. It is the story of the small town of Chester's Mill, Maine which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can get in and no one can get out. The normal rules of society are suddenly changed and when food, electricity and water run short, the community begins to crumble. As a new and more sinister social order develops, Dale Barbara, Iraq veteran, teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption that is sweeping through the town and to try to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late ...
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Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the great storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel'. In 2003, he was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA, which is the setting of UNDER THE DOME.
By Tan Jian 24 Oct 2011
This book was one of the few books that got me hinged on Stephen King.
I picked it up in the bookstore out of the acknowledgement of the fact that Stephen King's name seems to be all over the book shelf, and this one was the most recently finished.
When I started to read it, the reason was similar to the one out of which I picked it up in a bookstore, I just grabbed a book that was closest to me, and this book came handy.
However, when I started to read I could not remember anything at all, and only consciously learned that I was already halfway through when I had to stop and grasp out of fatigue and eyesore!
Anyway, I finished this book pretty fast, and the story, the building of characters, the suspense, the idea, everything was just there for you to admire and enjoy.
I relished the very moment when I was reading it!
By Carol A Bennison 15 Oct 2010
I loved this book from the very first page. It brought out all my emotions. A story of human behaviour with all its faults. There were a couple of areas where I felt why did this or that not happen. It did not detract from an unusual and interesting book.
By Paul Oakes 29 Aug 2010
This in my opinion takes Stephen King to a whole new level. Set in the recent past this book follows a town of people who are trapped under an invisible dome.
The way it has been written is a bit hard to grasp at first but makes the story more like an account of a real event made by Stephen King than a story.
'King's most purely entertaining novel in years ... utterly compelling.' John Connolly 'Staggeringly addictive.' USA Today 'Tight and energetic from start to finish.' New York Times 'The pedal is indeed to the metal.' Guardian 'You're sorry when it ends.' Daily Express