What can I say. This book is epic. There are so many characters it's hard to keep track of. So much happens in this book I don't even know where to begin. I enjoyed this story more then I thought I would. When I started the book I was a little bored... like we just kept reading about all these characters stuck under a dome and that was it. But once I really got into the lives of each character and got to know them I was sucked in. Which is what King tends to do with his huge books. They are like a study of characters and how they interact. Honestly to me the Dome was the side story of the book.
I discovered reading this book that listening to audio brings out way more emotions in me then just reading it. I would cringe at the parts that were gross because I couldn't read fast to get past them. I would roll my eyes when the bad villain guy Remmey would do something awful. I even laughed out loud a few times! Next time I do an audio I probably won't pick one so long... but then again it was a perfect way to get through a long book and make a road trip go by super fast. In fact.. I was actually looking forward to driving so I could get back to the story. I will admit though.. I wonder if I would've liked the story the same if I had read it myself without the audio.
This is neat, Dome Day is Saturday, October 21, 2012. If you'll look at a calender, you'll see that this day doesn't exist. Due to the Leap Year, October 21 skips from Friday in 2011 to Sunday in 2012. That is interesting and one of those things King always discovers and adds into his books. You just have to look closely to see these easter eggs!
Spoilers to come... do not read if you don't want to know what happens in the book ending!
I can't imagine living in a small town like this even before the dome fell. I think I would've noticed right away that Jim was terrible and an awful guy to be running a town. Jim was a creepy guy because he really did think that the people of the town were stupid and he was their savior. I am surprised that King said in an interview that his favorite character to write in this book was Chef. I didn't think Chef was that much of a main character compared to Jim and Barbie. I loved that though Chef went and buried Sammy. That was a beautiful thing. I was totally bothered by Andrea's death. To think she had so much courage and strength and was ready to turn her life around and then died. :'(
It's funny the comments about comparing this book to the Stand. I did that too and I don't even know why. I guess it is the size of the book and the fact that we get to know all these characters though the two books are nothing alike. I plan on re-watching the Simpsons movie now that I have read this book. I haven't seen that movie in years and can't really remember it. But I really want to see the similarities. Of course I am also ready to watch the CBS series Under the Dome that started this week.
CBS has already released on Amazon what the DVD box set is going to look like for when the show comes out and it's amazing!
The crystal ball says:
Sun is shinning!!! Great day to go outside and read this book.
Check out my other posts for the readalong:
Under the Dome Update 2
Check out Update 1 on Under the Dome