3. Under The Dome, by Stephen King (2009)
Just how much did Stephen King love the idea behind Under The Dome before finally completing it? Try this on for size: He first started writing the 1,088-page opus way back in 1976, then abandoned it for over 30 years before once again paying the story mind. Even after 2007’s The Simpsons Movie curiously jacked the yet-to-be-finished novel’s central concept. Unsurprisingly, King’s take on the material is far more impactful than Homer’s antics.
Set in the quiet, well-meaning town of Chester’s Mill, Maine, Under The Dome shows what happens when a massive, all-encompassing, and invisible barrier covers the town’s perimeters and blocks it from the rest of society. Similarly allegorical to King’s The Mist, the long-awaited and violent meditation on humanity’s fragile morals doesn’t take long before characters turn on one another, and, multiple times, gruesomely decrease Chester’s Mill’s population. Under The Dome is horrifying in the mankind-is-inherently-bad sense.