Strong storytelling. Unputdownable. Interesting sociological/psychological/spiritual examination. I think King based his theme for the novel on this qStrong storytelling. Unputdownable. Interesting sociological/psychological/spiritual examination. I think King based his theme for the novel on this quote from Bruce Almighty, "God is a mean kid sitting on an anthill with a magnifying glass, and I'm the ant. He could fix my life in five minutes if He wanted to, but He'd rather burn off my feelers and watch me squirm."
One thing that bothered me about The Dome is I think King used his outline from The Stand to construct this novel - very similar good vs. evil theme and character types (Barbie = Stu, Rennie = Randall Flagg, Chef = Trash). So much so, in fact, that I was visualizing the characters from the movie based on The Stand as I read this book.
On the "All the Books in the Universe" scale, The Dome is probably 3 Stars. On the "Books Written By Stephen King" scale, though, it's 4 Stars. Much better than other recent works by King, like Duma Key, Lisey's Story, and Cell. No where near as good as The Stand and It, however....more