Under the Dome (Nov 2009)

Set in and around a small Maine town, Under the Dome tells an intricate, multi-character and point-of-view story of how the town's inhabitants contend with the calamity of being suddenly cut off from the outside world by an impassable, invisible barrier that literally drops out of a clear blue sky.

Common King themes:

  • The number 19 (The dome comes down at 11:44. 11+4+4=19. The hospital room for Big Jim Rennie is 19. The bus they use to try to escape from the fireball is #19. Joseph McClatchy lives at 19 Mill Street. The security code numbers - 1693 - add up to 19.)

Under the Dome has connections to the following books:

Citation needed : Trashcan Man

It's been theorized that Phil Bushey may be a twinner of the Trashcan Man.

Part 3 / Chapter 5 : Shawshank Prison

Junior worries about ending up in Shawshank several times throughout the book.

A picture of Shawshank State Prison’s brooding green walls suddenly popped into his mind. He couldn’t go there, he had his whole life ahead of him. But he would. Even if he shut her up now, he would. Because she’d talk later. And her face—which looked a lot worse than Barbie’s had after the fight in the parking lot—would talk for her. Unless he shut her up completely.

Part 4 / Chapter 7 : Ernie Calvert

Ernie Calvert is one of the townspeople in Chester's Mill on Dome Day.

The first person to arrive on his side of the barrier was a chubby guy driving an old GMC pickup. Barbie recognized him from Sweetbriar Rose: Ernie Calvert, the previous manager of Food City, now retired. Ernie was staring at the burning clutter on the road with wide eyes, but he had his cell phone in his hand and was ratchet-jawing into it. Barbie could hardly hear him over the roar of the burning pulp-truck, but he made out “Looks like a bad one” and figured Ernie was talking to the police.

Part 5 / Chapter 2 : Helen Robichaud

Nora Robichaud is one of the victims of the dome - and perhaps a relative of Helen Robichaud?

On the road behind him, Nora Robichaud honked. Her best friend, Elsa Andrews, tutted. The two women, both retired nurses, exchanged a glance but not a single word. They had been friends too long for words to be necessary in such situations.

Part 7 / Chapter 2 : Derry, ME

Derry is mentioned several times throughout the book.

“Isn’t that a little late?” He grinned and added, “Not that I’m complaining.” “We’re going to open late.” She hesitated. “And close between meals.” “Really? Cool.” His gaze shifted to Barbie. “You got a place to stay tonight? Because you can stay with me. Sada went to Derry to visit her folks.” Sada was Anson’s wife.

References will be here!