Cell Author:Stephen King There's a reason cell rhymes with hell. — On October 1st, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140, most of the planes are on time, and Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine, is almost bouncing up Boylston Street in Boston. He's just landed a comic book deal that might finally enable him to support his family by making art instead ... more »of teaching it. He's already picked up a gift for his long-suffering wife, and he knows just what he'll get for his boy Johnny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay's feeling good about the future.
That changes in a hurry. The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.
There are one hundred and ninety-three million cell phones in the United States alone. Who doesn't have one? Stephen King's utterly gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn't just ask the question "Can you hear me now?" It answers it with a vengeance.« less
The King of Weird creeps us out again with this new bestseller. All hell breaks loose one afternoon when people's cell phones start ringing. You simply won't believe what mankind is capable of and who (or what) is pulling the strings. But not everyone is affected, including Clay Riddell who didn't have a cell phone that day. Clay desperately wants to find his family, especially his son, which he sets out to do with naive hope and unyielding resolve. He picks up a few stragglers along the way and together they take on an inconceivable force. The action starts on the very first page, so be prepared for a wild ride from the very beginning. And remember - don't answer the phone.
Cell is about the end of the world via cell phone. It's very timely, considering you can't get a darn coffee without having to hear someone else's onesided conversation.
One afternoon people are going about their annoying conversations when suddenly all who were talking on the cells turn into bloodthirsty, violent "phone crazies". And those who own a cell but weren't using it at the time and make the fatal stake of calling their loved ones, or 911, to find out what the hell is going on, turn all crazy as well. Soon most everyone has reverted into a raving lunatic. The story follows a small band of survivors who were lucky enough to avoid the cell phone crazy making message as they make their way in this strange new world. It's very violent, often sad and some of the action eerily takes place in my neighboring town! Though the ending had me pulling my hair out, I remained entranced until the last word.
I don't read much horror and I haven't been a big King fan in ten or fifteen years, but I did enjoy Cell.
I was surprised by how well written it was and I was hooked by the second page. It was exciting and made me want to keep reading it, because I just had to know what was going to happen to the characters.
I wasn't crazy about where it ended and I felt like there could have been a little more to the story, but it was good.
As I'm sure you can guess by the pool of blood on the cover, this was gory; although, I did not think it was scary.
Stephen King is one of those writers that can put feeling into each and every word and in doing so can creep you out! This is the story of Clay Riddell, who was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction. And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone...
Stephen King will make you think twice about picking up your cell phone.
85% of this book is really good. The way Stephen King drops you at the end is a real letdown. For me , at least. The premise is solid and the action/characters are very well drawn out. But that ending. Yikes.
First off, I've never been so glad that I don't own a cell phone! Secondly, Stephen King has penned another gruesome winner, going back to his days of blood and gore. CELL starts off with the Pulse, where everyone who owns a cell phone answers a call and subsequently goes psycho. Back to their basic days of kill or be killed, these are slobbery creatures with no morals, emotions, or human qualities besides the desire to destroy.
Enter Clayton Riddell, a man happy to have never given in to the need to purchase a cell phone, who watches the people on the street of Boston go murderous. He hooks up with Tom, another "normie" and Alice, who watched her mother go crazy and kill a cab-driver, to escape the city. Clay is heading home to Kent's Pond, Maine, to check on the well-being of his estranged wife, Sharon (who doesn't own a cell phone) and his son Johnny (who does).
What follows is the groups trials and trevails as they're inevitably pushed towards Kashwak, the NO-FO zone. You'll have to read CELL to figure out what this means, but believe me, it's well worth your time and effort!
Stephen King has returned to his days of blood and gore, guts and more blood, and the result is a winner. If you love horror, or King in particular, you won't go wrong picking up a copy of this latest winner.
What a great book! I kept picturing this mass hoard of zombie type people taking over everything. They would ever fight with each other using little more than grunts to get their point across. It makes you wonder if it could ever really happen. There aren't very many people that don't own a cell phone nowadays. Maybe next time you answer it you will be brainwashed. :)
[close] Just finished this one and really enjoyed it once I got into it. Imagine if suddenly a signal was sent out over cell phones everywhere. And that signal caused anyone who heard it to go violently insane. You can't go anywhere these days without seeing people on their phones. The far-reaching impact something like that could have is mind-boggling. And that is just what happens in this book.
The "normies" find themselves walking endlessly, looking for their loved ones and a safe place to rest. As the days pass, they begin to notice certain patterns of behavior with the "phoners" that just may save them...assuming there is anything left to live for.
I hadn't read a Stephen King book in a long time because he started getting into the serial novels, which wasn't my thing. King hits it out of the park with this one, once again though. Great book, couldn't put it down.