"On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away."
That is how Stephen King's new book, Under the Dome, is described on his web site. What would it be like to be so abruptly cut off from your country and culture? How do people behave when they live in isolation from society? And who or what is behind the creation of this supernatural prison?
This is King's third attempt at writing a novel dealing with the theme of human nature run amok. In the late 1970's, he called his effort "The Cannibals", and characterized the incomplete work as "a kind of social comedy". Under the Dome however, is dead serious. Considering that his new book has its roots in "The Cannibals", I am not imagining a silver lining for the citizens of Chester's Mill. Maybe everything will turn out fine, but I doubt it. Just thinking about all of this has been enough to creep me out, and the book isn't even available yet!
They don't call him the King of Horror for nothing. Stephen King's Under the Dome will be available in bookstores November 10th.
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