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Under the Dome Under the Dome by Stephen King


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The best Stephen King capture the zeitgeist of the United States at the moment and this one certainly qualifies. A mysterious dome falls over a small Maine town, letting nothing in or out except a small quantity of air. An arrogant politician sees this as his opportunity to secure his stranglehold over the town and his leadership leads to nightmare consequences. King makes his politics pretty clear as the domed town becomes a microcosm of America under George W. Bush.

At over 1000 pages, like more recent King efforts, it could use some trimming down. But given its length, the edits I would make wouldn't reduce page count that much. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but the author does a good job distinguishing them and keeping them real. There are moments of sheer terror, frustration, and lunacy, but also some surprisingly tender moments.

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