Under The Dome is science fiction novel written by Stephen King, published in November 2009. It is a rewrite of a novel King attempted writing twice in the late 1970s and early 1980s, under the titles The Cannibals and Under the Dome. As King stated on his official site, these two unfinished works "were two very different attempts to utilize the same idea, which concerns itself with how people behave when they are cut off from the society they've always belonged to. Also, my memory of The Cannibals is that it, like Needful Things, was a kind of social comedy.The new Under the Dome is played dead straight."
The town of Chesters Mill (pop. approximately 2000) is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible barrier, preventing anything other than a small amount of air and water vapor from passing through. What follows is mostly told from the perspective of Dale "Barbie" Barbara, a former Army lieutenant. After "Dome Day" as it comes to be called, the town quickly collapses into anarchy, as a small war breaks out between the power-hungry second selectman James "Big Jim" Rennie, and a portion of the townsfolk. As Big Jim tightens hold on the town, he begins to spin a tale of propaganda against Barbara, claiming he is a serial killer and partly involved in running a government experiment: turning much of the town paranoid, violent, and suicidal.
The Dome is revealed to be essentially a children's toy, the viewing end of a remote device controlled by the "Leatherheads," humanoid creatures with no facial features and limited concepts of material existence. Their numbers vary wildly, from one to several hundred. The Leatherheads apparently find amusement from Chester's Mill, and feel neither pity nor empathy for the inhabitants, as they don't appear to understand that they exist, albeit on a lower plan of existence (similar to a child killing ants with a magnifying glass). Julia Shumway manages to beg for their lives to a sole Leatherhead who releases the dome, though all but 25 members are now dead.
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