Since I watched the television series by the same name, I decided I wanted to read the book to see how closely the series followed the novel and to discover the ending since the series is set to continue next year. Since author Stephen King is listed as one of the creators of the series, I was rather surprised at how differnet the series is from the actual novel. Many key characters and events were changed dramatically. So the ending of the book may not follow through to the series.
It explores an interesting concept of what happens to a small town when cut off from the rest of the world by an impenetrable and unexplainable "dome". The entire novel encompasses about a week of time and the changes to the attitudes and behaviors of the town's inhabitants in that short period is dramatic. It is very thought provoking in that regard - what would happen to our community in a similar situation? How we take our freedoms for granted and what would happen to us if those freedoms were removed? It sucked me in as I experienced the same emotions as the "good guys" in the face of injustices & violence instigated by the "bad guys". It is not for the faint of heart and It is typical Stephen King in it's graphic & descriptive (and many times gross and disgusting) descriptions of the peoples' actions and the violence that ensues.
If you are a Stephen King fan, it is worth a read though it is a very large time commitment. The book is huge.