First Lines: Under the Dome

Stephen King’s modus operandi should be familiar: he puts normal people in abnormal situations and sees how they cope when trouble comes their way. Under the Dome follows this script to to the letter: a small town gets cut off from the rest of the world by an mysterious, invisible and unbreakable force field, and, under the influence of a small-town-politician turned power-crazed tyrant, things go to hell quicker then you can say “handbasket.”

Despite its 1000+ pages, I sped through Under the Dome. It is an incredibly fun read, and I kept turning the pages. Is it King’s best? Probably not. But it’s up there with his best work. It’s one of those Stephen King novels whose ending, implausible as it may be, doesn’t suck.

Book read
Stephen King — Under the Dome
First line
From two thousand feet, where Claudette Sanders was taking a flying lesson, the town of Chester’s Mill gleamed in the morning light like something freshly made and just set down.