Hallelujah! I finally finished all 1070 pages of Under the Dome! It seemed to take me forever but I did enjoy it and never even considered quitting.
I almost didn't read it, though, since some of King's books haven't appealed to me like Cell. I had the hardest time getting into that one. So, when Under the Dome was first published, I read the description and didn't think it would be up my alley.
Then, just lately, I read some good things about it so decided it was time. And I'm glad I did.
Basically, it's about an invisible dome that descends over the small Maine town of Chester's Mill sealing everyone inside. Some air gets through so they don't suffocate. What makes this book so interesting is the magnifying glass through which we see the townsfolk. King has such a gift for creating unique characters.
And there are plenty in the novel but it's really easy to keep them straight. From the heroes like Dale Barbara, Rusty and Linda Everett, Julia Shumway, and teenager Joe McClatchey to the Hitler-like villians of Big Jim Rennie and his son Junior.
I grew up in a small town barely sixty miles from where this novel is set and am very familiar with the area beause it's on my route to camp. But, even if I lived a thousand miles away, I would have enjoyed it just as much since King develops his characters so well. His writing is just so darn...delicious!