So many conflicting feelings about Stephen King’s Under the Dome. Like the non-centric circles my Accelerated Math class drew last week, I have at least as many thoughts overlapping as in the drawing above.
The book started out fabulously. Could-not-put-it-down-good. That’s rare, for me, especially with a novel I would consider of the pulp fiction variety. A dome, from literally out of the blue, descends on Chester’s Mill, Maine, completely cutting off a section of the town. Cruise missiles can’t destroy it, neither can a super strength acid developed by the government in the hopes of creating some kind of escape for the people. In typical Stephen King form we have sarcasm (which I find hilarious) and a lens for examining 21st century America (which I find to be sadly accurate). But, we also find his mockery of religion. Or, at least of those who supposedly uphold it.
Stephen King knows the Word. I don’t know if he’s a Christian, I don’t know where he stands on faith. But, I do know that he knows scripture. Short of adding chapter and verse, he quotes whole sentences from the Bible quite accurately. Example: One of the evil men running the town says,
“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven! Burning as if it were a lamp!’
“We just saw that!”
Chef nodded. His eyes were fixed on the black smutch where Air Ireland 179 had met her end. “And the name of the star is called Wormwood, and many men died because they were made bitter.” Are you bitter, Sanders?”
“No!” Andy assured him.
The first quote is from Revelation 8:10; the second is Revelation 8:11. This unnerves me because I don’t know where King is going with his knowledge. If he uses it to advocate good vs. evil, or better yet the Enemy’s defeat, great. But, if I’m on page 779 (which I am) of 1072, and all I’m left holding at the end is a pile of lies underneath dust and ashes, I won’t be too thrilled.
I’m going to see if I can finish it tonight because 100 other books are now calling my name, and King’s voice is growing ever fainter in their vehemence. I just have to see what he does with the Dome: why has it appeared, and will it go away?