Under the Dome: Part 2

Under the Dome: Part 2

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by Stephen King

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Read the conclusion to Stephen King’s “harrowing, powerful” (The Washington Post) #1 New York Times bestselling novel that inspired the hit CBS television drama...

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

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Read the conclusion to Stephen King’s “harrowing, powerful” (The Washington Post) #1 New York Times bestselling novel that inspired the hit CBS television drama...

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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Editorial Reviews

Stephen King's 2009 Under the Dome alerted even the inattentive that the wizard who crafted Carrie, Misery, and The Shining remains fully capable of holding us ever so tightly. Set in the near future, this mammoth science fiction tale has the simplest of setups: Residents of a small Maine town find themselves trapped inside a giant bell-shaped dome. With supplies waning and their survival at stake, the townspeople polarize into two groups, one lad by Iraq vet/short order cook; the other by a hard-nosed politician. These inexpensive mass-market editions make this modern classic available in a convenient two-part sequence. (P.S. The second season of the television adaptation will begin on June 30th with a script written by the master himself.)

From the Publisher
"Propulsively intriguing... Staggeringly addictive."
USA Today

"Tight and energetic from start to finish... Hard as this thing is to hoist, it's even harder to put down."
New York Times

"The work of a master storyteller having a whole lot of fun."
Los Angeles Times

"King returns to his glory days of The Stand."
New York Daily News

"A wildly entertaining trip."
People (3.5 stars)

"Under the Dome moves so fast and grips the reader so tightly that it's practically incapacitating."

"Stephen King's Under the Dome was one of my favourite books of the year so far."
— Neil Gaiman

"Dome is classic King, sure to please any fan."
Baltimore Sun

— ABCnews.com

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Meet the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Drunken Fireworks, Finders Keepers, Revival, Mr. Mercedes, Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63, adapted as a 2016 series on Hulu starring James Franco, was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Brief Biography

Bangor, Maine
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Under the Dome: Part 2 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3071 reviews.
CMarshall More than 1 year ago
Got this book on my nook and read it over the course of the past month. Overall, I was very hooked into the plot and the book until I reached the last 1/4 of the book. The ending that King chose seemed way too far fetched, for even him, but even more frustrating was the fact that it was written as if he was under a 'timeline' to 'pump out another novel'. So much time was spent writing the rest of the book that to leave it with such a weak end note is disappointing. Overall, just Ok.
Shadowlane More than 1 year ago
The last couple of years, I've not read a Stephen King book, because the premises were starting to feel a little too much like "The Lamp Monster". This one had me intrigued, but I'm putting him back on my waste-of-time list. This book could easily have been 1/2 the page volume and probably would have been all the better for it. And to slog my way through all of that only to have the Dome's origins and eventual disappearance be such a let down... I finished it only because I had so much time invested already, but I should have stopped and gone on to something more fulfilling.
HBCani More than 1 year ago
Stephen King is the master of suspense, starting with "Do I have time to read this monstrous volume?" Like most of his novels once, you start reading; it is hard to put down. So don't worry the tale goes quickly as King develops his characters and the idiosyncrasies of small town life. The suspense provided by "Under the Dome" comes more from a personal point than the storyline itself. Though you are always wondering what comes next, this book, more than any of his other makes you look inside of yourself and question your biases and prejudice's. How would you handle the situation these people are in and which character would most react like? What events in your life have made you less than proud of who you are? I have been hooked on Stephen King since I read "Salem's Lot" cover to cover during a Midwestern thunderstorm locked in a closet because I was too afraid of what was happening outside. His style of writing has evolved to now I am not afraid of what's happening outside but rather what's happening inside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire time I was reading this book I kept telling my friends and family that it would make an excellent mini series. Then, I saw the previews on Super Bowl Sunday!! I can't wait! This is, by far, the best King has written. I have been a fan of his since I was old enough to be allowed to read them :-) The story has it all...drama, romance, suspense, mystery, crime...the list goes on. How he managed to work them all together in one story is sheer genius! Read it...you will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up a copy of Under the Dome when I heard about the television series that would be coming out two weeks prior. I figured I would try to finish this monster of a book so I can watch the series without spoilers. However this was not the case and got about halfway done when the show started, but decided to watch it nonetheless. Even though the show shares the same title and idea, it had little of the story line told by the novel. This, however, did not stop me from finishing my reading as I was already too enthralled, and slightly appaled, by the small town of Chesters Mill and the characters it inhabited. I found myself reading well past 2 AM just utterly shocked by what was occuring inside the dome, and while it was what started all the chaos, it had relatively little to do with most of the towns problems. For this you can put the blame on the second selectman Big Jim Rennie, the novels main antagonist. Now although every story needs a good bad guy, I often found myself so frustrated by this character that I would wind up putting the book down and stop reading for the night. This, and partially the ending although I'll get back to that later, is the reason this is not a five star novel. All the same, the good guys of Chester Mill were so likable and completely opposite of their opposers I would often cheer them on and, much too occasionally, mourn their deaths. There were no 'slow' parts of this novel which any reader of King prepares themselves before jumping into one of his books, especially one of over a thousand pages! but I just felt it was too long to take place in a period of less than a week. Despite this being said I would absolutely not take any parts out of this novel for they all play there own important role. Now for the ending...While I did not HATE this part, I do wish Stephen King found a better way to lift the dome, the way he did it just felt too lackadaisical and rushed for a novel of this size (I mean seriously around three pages?) But I suppose being an avid King reader sometimes requires a preparation for such things and I beleive more often than not he delivers. With this being said, while the very ending was just not quite satisfying, the hundred or so pages before were so thrilling and intense I was practically racing through the pages. THAT was King at his best and it made up for anything I wasnt quite sure I agreed within the story. Although this novel was not by any means a disappointment, I do NOT suggest this for a first time reader of this author mainly as the size can be very overwhelming, especially if you're unfamiliar with his writing style. Maybe once you have read a few simpilar works and adapt to King's story telling, than you can conquer Under the Dome. Some good ones to start with are Carrie or perhaps 'Salems Lot (my personel favorite) or even a few short stories like The Mist will do. I'm getting besides the point now, but if you are familiar with King and have enjoyed his other works, than I definitely reccomend this novel and am sure you will not be disappointed.
lorabele More than 1 year ago
I took a break from SK when he went all alien for a while. Then I got sucked in again with "Cell" and "Lisey's Story." Really enjoyed both of them. Downloaded "Under the Dome" on my nook, and it took a while to read. The first half was interesting, good story and all. Then all of a sudden the second half just took off. I could not put it down. The last 200 pages were read in one sitting. Typical SK with a so-so ending. He wrapped it up with an answer to the Dome, but it wasn't great. But he kept the story going right up until the end, and that made it worthwhile. Very high on my favorite book list, somewhere just below "The Stand."
mislmunky More than 1 year ago
It was almost fantastic. I was "feelin' it." I skipped a class (grad student) so I wouldn't have to put down my Nook. (Loved my Nook for this 900 page behemoth!) I got almost all the way to the end... Then it was gone. This isn't a "I hated the ending" review. I didn't. I liked it. It just... The story ended (if you concentrate, you can FEEL it when it happens) but the book wasn't finished/resolved. The actual ending/resolution feels tacked-on. It's hard to explain. It's a great ride 95% of the way.
Tsgtsdaisy More than 1 year ago
PART TWO is the same as PART ONE. Don't waste your money if you've read part one..this is the SAME book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read love how the events unfolded loved the chars n the good detail of the writing
christytilleryfrench More than 1 year ago
Iraq veteran Dale (Barbie) Barbara is on his way out of Chester's Mill when an invisible shield drops down, running along the small town's boundaries. Planes, cars and birds crash into it, people run into it, and no one can figure out what it is. The US military's calculations are that a large force field in the shape of a dome has settled over Chester's Mill, cutting the town off from the rest of the country. Their efforts to destroy the dome are fruitless, as are their attempts to figure out who did this. The president places Barbie in charge of Chester's Mill but that doesn't set well with second selectman Big Jim Rennie, who likes being a big fish in a small pond and isn't about to let anyone else assume control. Besides, Jesus told the sanctimonious Big Jim that he's the one in charge. In an effort to keep Barbie from taking over, Rennie maneuvers behind the scenes, manipulating the people of Chester's Mill with the aid of his new police chief and several newly appointed deputies. As the air turns bad and greenery dies, Big Jim's focus remains on using Barbie as a scapegoat for several unexplained murders, while Barbie and several others, on the run from Big Jim and his minions, try to put an end to the dome. This lengthy novel is well worth the time, reminding this reviewer of King's best novel, The Stand, following the same basic concept: good versus evil, although this battle is among humans. The large cast of characters works well; each is well-developed and essential to the storyline. The thrilling plot is fast-paced, filled with suspense and action. Absolutely one of King's best in recent years.
nook_looker More than 1 year ago
Although the premise of the work was fascinating, I found myself somewhat let down. I am used to the King of Salem's Lot and The Shining, but this book seemed to be more of a subtle sounding board for political and religious views. I've always read his novels mainly for the supernatural thrills. We really didn't get a feel for what supernatural entity was responsible for the dome until almost the end of the book, and then it seemed somewhat contrived or rushed. I hate to be a downer, but I am used to so much more from Mr. King. I will continue to read everything he produces though. This one just sort of disappointed me.
Kimberly_Ann More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I downloaded on my new Nook on Christmas day. I had almost bought the hardback several times in December, but knew I would rather read it in the ebook format because of the book's size. The plot is unique, exciting and in depth. The characters were developed amazingly. I highly recommend this book to everyone (as long as you're not offended by crude language... this is Stephen King though). It was a fast read, despite it's length. Captivating page turner.
LiveForBooks More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the best books Stephen King has written since "The Stand." I loved the concept of "Under the Dome" and unlike many of the reviewers here, I loved how he drew the character of Big Jim Rennie. I know that guy. I've known quite a few Big Jim Rennies during my lifetime. In my opinion, the bad guys were characterized better than the good guys. My biggest disappointment was with Barbie. At the beginning of the book, I thought he was going to be a fascinating hero. Turns out, he was a bit too quiet and unassuming for my taste, which leads me to my next criticism. I like a book with a full stage of characters, but still, I need that one hero(ine) to stand out as the main character. To me, the only main character in the book was Big Jim, which I suppose is okay for the villain to claim center stage. Still, I wish that Barbie had shined just a bit more, or even Rusty (although his character just never really did it for me ..... sorry to the "real" Rusty for this comment, for I'm sure you're far more interesting. :)) All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It could have and should have been a bit shorter, I think. (There were too many characters who took up pages which should have been devoted to the main cast.) Yet, it's a fascinating read, and the last three hundred pages are real page-turners. One last word to the author: I love the fact that you can get away with so many things other authors wouldn't dare attempt, as in that intrusive narrator. I mean, how many writers can get past an editor's desk with sentences such as, "Thanks to the magic of narration...." Kudos, Mr. King. By golly, you've earned the right, and I applaud you. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had stopped reading his books some years back because I wasn't too thrilled with the Gunslinger series. A few months ago, I saw that a sequal to The Shining came out. Intrigued, I picked it up. Needless to say I was very happy. Under the Dome was the next book and reminded me how much I missed Stephen King. Excellent story, excellent characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the book yet but it seems interesting and reminds me of the Gone series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After several episodes of this show I bought the book. So worth it. The book is 100% better. The characters in the story have amazing depth and I was on the edge the entire 1300 pages. Kudos SK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book its gots some twistes and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first SK novel; I liked the concept but it seemed overly wordy, throwing in extra words or descriptions that seemed unneeded our didn't move the story forward. If all of his books are written this way, I don't think In will read another book by SK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a terrific book! I am so glad I decided to read it before the TV show started. The book blows away the TV version. It's a very fast read and kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The Stand is my favorite Stephen King book, Under the Dome is now second.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes its long, and good. If you are a true King fan you know what you are in for. A really good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and plot line, brought back fond memories of me reading "the stand" when I was younger. Found that I could not put it down from mid book on...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book worthy of time spending. Some accuse kin of his books being to long although this book is long it is worth it there are so my pages because if there wa a small number of pages there would be no room for the action and suspense and drama. This is a book worthy of reading. Wih the sample you get 190 pages but 30 or so of them are the table of contents. King has worked very hard on this book. You should read it. You will get sucked into the story and maybe you will even feel as if you are Under the Dome..... - Books Worth Reading Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting from start to finish I started reading it from the actual book and then purchased it and finished it on my Nook the book was hugh and heavy and my Nook was so much better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story moved me and brought up emotions in a way that I haven't sensed before in King novels. I couldn't read fast enough to find the justice I so yearned for. At the same time, I pratically forced myself to read in moderation, 1( because the characters drained me emotionally, and 2) because the story was so moving and wonderfully orchestrated that I wanted it to go on forever. The ending left me feeling incomplete. The attention to detail throughout the story was so astounding that this mediocre (and a little lazy) ending seemed disconnected from the bigger picture of the plot. Nevertheless, this is an amazing read that will have the reader thinking twice about the underlying motives and maneuvers of small-town politics, and even of themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a great Stephen King fan and read this book when it first came out in hard bond. A gripping fast paced novel and I found it to be a real page turner. I am definitely looking forward to the screen adaptation, which is being released in June of this year.