Book Review: Under the Dome by Stephen King

Stephen King does love to write big books. The kind of books that make even the most voracious of readers a bit anxious. On the other hand, over the span of hundreds and hundreds of pages, the King creates such a universe that you get immersed into it to such an extent that you become emotionally attached to the characters, the way they think, the way they talk. The story becomes an alternate reality, the characters your friends.

The same thing happens when reading Under the Dome. One of the most interesting novels about the way the human psyche changes when put under pressure, a novel about the crumbling state of the human condition when the rules that keep society into place break apart.

The story is pretty simple: A dome effectively falls from the sky and isolates a small town from the rest of the world. The invisible guillotine has the effect of being stranded on a deserted island.

Finding yourself outside the norms of society defaults into a sort of primal society: a recurrent theme in novels when a number of people have to figure out the rules by themselves, even though they once played by them.

It does make one wonder if what we call life, reality, society is what we genuinely want or simply what has been designed over thousands of years.

From a artistic perspective, this situation makes for a truly interesting, intriguing, and unpredictable story.

Under the Dome is a must read if you are interested in the human condition and its most sordid aspects.

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