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Civilization doesn't end with a bang or a whimper. It ends with a call on your cell phone.
What happens on the afternoon of October 1 came to be known as the Pulse, a signal sent though every operating cell phone that turns its user into something...well, something less than human. Savage, murderous, unthinking-and on a wanton rampage. Terrorist act? Cyber prank gone haywire? It really doesn't matter, not to the people who avoided the technological attack. What matters to them is surviving the aftermath. Before long a band of them-"normies" is how they think of themselves-have gathered on the grounds of Gaiten Academy, where the headmaster and one remaining student have something awesome and terrifying to show them on the school's moonlit soccer field. Clearly there can be no escape. The only option is to take them on.
CELL is classic Stephen King, a story of gory horror and white-knuckling suspense that makes the unimaginable entirely plausible and totally fascinating.
Master of horror Stephen King preys upon our fears of technology with the plot hook driving this chiller: a mysterious signal known as "The Pulse," sent via cell phone, turns everyone talking on one into a mindless, murderous beast. The "normies"--those fortunate enough to be away from their phones--must band together in order to defend themselves from the afflicted and highly dangerous "phoners." The book's protagonist is non-cellphone-owning, comic-book artist Clayton Riddell, who watches a Boston street turn into a scene of bloody chaos as he waits on line at an ice-cream truck. Desperately, Clay fights his way through a newly insane New England back home to his estranged wife and young son in Maine, not knowing whether they are alive, dead, or affected by The Pulse themselves.
"[C]ompelling....King's imagining of what is more or less post-Armageddon Boston is rich, and the sociological asides made by his characters along the way...jaunty and witty....[T]he book holds together in signature King style. Fans will be satisfied." 01/02/2006 New York Times
"[A] traditional King narrative studded with alarming signs of the times." - Janet Maslin 01/23/2006 Newsweek
"The King of Horror returns to top form." 01/30/2006 "King's apocalyptic cautionary tale suggests that cellular communication could be as pernicious as it is pervasive." (starred review) 02/01/2006