King is so famous for horror, people often forget his wonderful human stories like The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me. Although this one has a sci-fi element, it is primarily a tale of human struggle and the descent into chaos and lawlessness of a community cut off from outside society. Lots of characters, action, lots of twists, violence, kindness, heroism, selfishness, really the whole spectrum of human emotion focused through the lens of excellent, unputdownable writing. At nearly 900 pages, it may last the holiday and is certainly enough to make the flight pass pleasurably.
There's a reason why Stephen King is one of the best selling writers in the world ever. He knows how to write stories that suck you in and are impossible to put down. The New York Times describes it as a 'relentless tidal pull' and Stephen King has done it time and time again with stories like The Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Green Mile and The Stand. In Under the Dome, he 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 ...
'King's most purely entertaining novel in years ... utterly compelling.'
'Tight and energetic from start to finish.'
New York Times
'The pedal is indeed to the metal.'
'You're sorry when it ends.'
Publication date: 08/07/2010
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||8th July 2010|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites, Horror,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 40 books ...More About Stephen King