Okay, firstly I should say I'm not the biggest King fan. Not that I don't like his work. I, like most people have read more than a few Stephen King books over the years. My first taste was The Eyes of the Dragon, which was King's first and to my knowledge only long form YA effort. Eyes greatly influenced my early teen reading habits and I probably devoured it 5 times by the time I was 12 in addition to being one of the first Fantasy books I had to own. I've also enjoyed The Stand, Tommyknockers, parts of The Dark Tower saga, Pet Cemetery, and It. There were probably a couple others as well, but these are the ones that come to mind. However, other than It and Cemetery I haven't read too many of King's more standard Horror fair, as they aren't really my thing. It particularly screwed with my teenage head a bit much to the point where I still have an aversion to clowns. So it is safe to say I'm more a fan of his Fantasy/Epic related works more than anything else.
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. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens—town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing—even murder—to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.Sounds pretty great to me. From what little I've read Under the Dome could be his best Epic since The Stand. It is also his third longest book ever following The Stand and It. And as my readers know I like my books like I like my burgers: big and fat. Also, the cover is wonderful and a departure from all King's past covers. Here is the wrap around which shows a lot of interesting detail.