...instead of the setting being an entire country it's one small town. That's about how I sum up the heart of this book. Obviously the disasters are entirely different (ie a devastating plague vs a supernatural impregnable dome) but the large cast of characters and human drama come crashing down (pardon the pun!) and all hell breaks loose. But the disasters are really just a backdrop for the ultimate question, "how would average people react in a certain situation?" Long story short...I absolutely loved UTD. The people bouncing around each other like atoms in a single body. Besides Doctor Sleep this is my favorite Stephen King book in the 2000's (as much as I enjoyed Dreamcatcher, which I know a lot of people didn't).