"Under the Dome" is another epic horror novel involving a small town taken over by ... a dome. Chester Mills, Maine on the outside seems like the perfect small town. It's a wonderful place to raise children. everyone has a job or owns their own business, which is also similar to other King books.
This book some good people such as, Julia Shumyer for instance, she owns the local paper "The Democrat," just as her father did and his father before him.
Jackie Wettington is the only woman in the Chester Mills PD. Jackie is intelligent and a good cop. She is also busty which brings attention from her fellow officers, which she'd rather not have.
Teenager Joseph, (Scarecrow Joe), McClatchey is in that awkward stage of life. He likes a girl, but has no words to tell her. Joe has a lot going for him, he is intelligent and witty. Joe's specialty is computers.
The town also has some borderline people. Take Andrea Grinnell who has a back injury. She got hooked on Oxycontin. Andrea spends all her time at home and high.
Small town people have big mouths and often nothing have nothing better to do than talk about people in town. Everybody knows everybody's business. Andrea has no secrets.
On the bad guy side of things there is Jim Rennie, Jr., the son of the second selectman of the town. People call him Junior and he is a real piece of work. Nasty to everyone, especially his father. Constant debilitating headaches makes Junior a grumpy and even dangerous man.
Worst of all is "Big Jim Rennie." He's called "Big Jim" because he is morbidly obese.
Big Jim is a horrible man who has his hands in every illegal operations in Chester Mills.
One bright, lovely morning an invisible force field that the town's people call "the dome," descends on the town blocking them off from the rest of the world. This dome gives Big Jim an excellent chance to take over the town. It gives everyone in town a chance to be who they really are, which is an interesting situation.
As soon as the dome falls into place, an imaginary clock starts ticking. The people in town are trapped, the good ones could be prayed upon by the bad ones. Food, air and patience are all running out.
This is a great book, Stephen King outdid himself.
Pure horror, as King himself describes it, with one misstep. No spoilers, but it will become clear to the reader as the book progresses.
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