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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
Definitley one of his best!!! I read this years ago when it first came out and could not put it down! The beginning totally pulls you right in. I love Stephen King and cannot get enough of his work! Very very very happy too add this book to my growing collection!
Whether or not writing this makes me a geek I care not. This book is perhaps the best I've ever read. It has that post end-of-the-world feel after the main event occures. The King hath reaked literary havoc once again!
Stephen King is back.2/11/2006
And I, for one, am glad King is still writing--even if I was nervous about picking up my cell phone for a couple of days! The editorial reviews tell you everything you need to know about the plot, so I won't repeat it here. When I read this book I saw comparisons to two novels; one of those books is Dean Koontz's "The Taking." Although the plots are superficially the same--a trip through a nightmare world--the books are very different in style, in tone, and in the "whys" underlying them. [Depending on your point of view, by the way, you'll find King's explanation either inspired or exasperating.] The comparisons to the zombies of George A. Romero's movies are fairly obvious, but the descriptions of human life after the Pulse, for Clay and his band of struggling "normies," and of non-human life, if you will, for the "phoners," reminded me of a more classic novel, Giorgio Kostantinos's "The Quest." [King has noted his admiration for Kostantinos in the past, and, in fact, "Cell" is dedicated to Romero and Kostantinos.] What scared me most about this novel, as with "The Quest," was the fact that everything in the book felt like it really *could* happen here. And that plausibility carries through to the ending. It's difficult to write an ending for a book like this one, but King managed to write one that makes sense without false optimism (as the book's prologue notes, most of America is dead by the time the book ends) *or* unnecessary pathos. All in all, King fans will be thrilled by this book; and if this is your first King Novel it will leave you drooling for King's next novel.