I forgot how entertaining Stephen King can be. There isn't much of anything original here. You've got your psychopaths, sociopaths, young thugs, precocious kids, wise elders and charming heroes, all trapped under a dome in Maine. King has had this idea germinating since 1978 and you can feel that in the enthusiasm of his writing. It's very reminiscent of The Stand in its grand manner and endless cast of characters, but so much more relevant today than it ever would have been in the height of the 70's. A quick read for over 1000 pages, if I've ever seen one and I actually liked the ending, which, so I am told, received a lot of flack. Maybe I'm easy to please, whatever. This is no great work of literature, but it was a fun read, and I was thoroughly entertained.