"Okay, I know it's near sacrilege to suggest this but I don't think Steven King is the writer he used to be. I remember The Dead Zone, The Stand, and Salem's lot with great fondness. Those were real page turners. Even more recent works like Joyland and Dr. Sleep kept me up at night reading. But not Under the Dome, sad to say. It took great effort and no little amount of will power to finish this one. Honestly, it could have lost about five hundred pages and no-one would be the wiser. OK, we all know Big Jim and his boy Junior are bad, nasty, wicked people so let's get on with it. The dome itself is mentioned often but it really doesn't factor into the story except as a device to let Big Jim run rampant through Chester's Mill.
This novel is a study of human nature, of good versus evil, I get that. So was The Stand, but it was a much more engaging story. I might have to reread The Stand just to get Under the Dome out of my system.