- Published: 2006
- Number of pages: 448 pages
- Format: EPUB
- File Size: 1.07 MB
- Authors: Stephen King
From international bestseller Stephen King, a high-concept, ingenious and terrifying story about the mayhem unleashed when a pulse from a mysterious source transforms all cell phone users into homicidal maniacs.There’s a reason cell rhymes with hell. On October 1, 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 of teaching it. He’s already picked up a small (but expensive!) 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’s really no escaping this nightmare. But for Clay, an arrow points home to Maine, and as he and his fellow refugees make their harrowing journey north they begin to see crude signs confirming their direction. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat… There are 193 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.
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⭐Human aggression is instinctual. Humans have not evolved any ritualized aggression-inhibiting mechanisms to ensure the survival of the species. For this reason man is considered a very dangerous animal. Konrad LorenzCan you hear me now? VerizonOn October 1, 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. “Cell” Stephen KingThe world changes in a hurry. The event that survivors will refer to as “The Pulse” began at 3:03 p.m., eastern standard time, on the afternoon of October 1. The name hardly matters, in any case. What matters is the effect. 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. The opening lines of “Cell” hastens you into a violent, bloody, and deadly dangerous journey of four survivors of a world apocolypse that is unfolding around them, as rapidly as modern commucantion instruments have made possible. How often have you noticed people around you answering their cell phone, on the sidewalk, in a department or grocery store, or in the car? Now imagine, if you will, that the automatic process of answering the tone of your cell phone, removes your humanity, leaving only the basic drives of aggression, rage, and a murderous desire to attack, with bare hands and teeth, and kill every unaffected person you see, with your bare hand and teeth. Clay and his band of desperate survivors, Alice, Tom, and Jorden, find themselves in the black night of civilization’s darkest age, a world of chaos, carnage, and a human horde that is reduced to its bassist nature…and then the horde begins to evolve in ways that make them even more frightening. This is the nightmare world imagined in Stephen King’s “Cell”. While a King fan, its been years since I’ve read one of his books. I discovered that reading Stephen King, after an extended abscence, is akin to running into an old friend you have not seen for long time. Your grateful for the oppertunity and anxious to hear what she has to say, because she always has a great story to tell! Cell, is an intensely paced horror story, that delivers a barage of shocks that will cause you to shudder. It differs from many other King offerings, lacking his usual elaborate characterizations, town histories, and delayed gratification. Instead he yanks readers off their feet within the first few pages; drags them into this frightening world, and offers little chance for respite until the very last page. I loved this book, as should other readers, who enjoy a good scare!!
⭐This like many of Stephen King’s novels is both a terrible look at mankind and a wondrous look at what could be. The Cell, my 3rd time reading it, does not fail to deliver horror and gore, yet also brings the beauty of one mans search for his family after an apocalyptic phone call. 4 survivors who didn’t get the call try to survive in a new world where those who did now rule the day. Heart wrenching, funny, thoughtful and thrilling this book will keep you reading throughout the night.
⭐Original Review: March 3, 2014Updated Review: July 1, 2016.I love Stephen King and have been a fan of his work for as long as I can remember. When it comes to this book, “Cell” I can’t help but read it over and over again. When my husband bought me a Kindle Fire HDX for Christmas I was thrilled. Too bad you can’t get ebook versions of all the books you already own, but since you can’t, this was definitely one of the books in my collection that I had to buy again for my Kindle. Absolutely Love this book!King’s storyline gives us an alternate version of a zombie apocalypse. Those who were unfortunately using their cellphones, directly or indirectly, turned into zombie-like creatures who are driven by hunger and anger, begin to maim and kill, ripping apart anyone they see. Everyone who was “Not” using their cell phone, attending a meeting by speaker phone, or even as tweens tend to do (listening without the speakerphone feature, with heads together) at the time of the Pulse are spared, from the pulse that is.Our main character, waiting in line at the ice cream truck stares in shock as those around him, basically turn bat-sheet crazy, attacking and killing, even eating one another, well, ripping their throats out with their teeth anyway, not really eating like the typical Zombie fare.With the vivid imagination of Stephen King, so many events were clear to my mind’s eye. I’m sure that instead of a bus being driven intentionally into the lobby of a hotel, the movie version (starting at the airport instead of the park) will have airplanes intentionally crash landing instead.Our main, secondary and other characters hide from the phone-crazies as the city burns. And that’s just the start of the book. As things begin to settle, the phone crazies evolve into a flock-like collective, who like birds begin to exhibit a type of telepathic communication. That’s when things get Really interesting. I can’t wait to see the differences between the book and movie, especially now that it’s finally arrived.No noticeable typos, errors in sentence structure, well developed characters, well thought out storyline. I love this book so much I currently own Paperback, Kindle, hopefully soon in Blu-ray format as well. Highly Recommended.
⭐In true King fashion I went on a rollercoaster ride that kept my attention, surprised me often and was left with oh so many questions.
⭐With Cell, Stephen King once again does a great job in destroying the world. This time, with cellphones.This book is well-developed. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, King throws a curveball at the readers (and the book’s characters). One aspect i like: The “Phoners”…are they messed-up Humans or Zombies? King let’s you, the reader, decide.This is a book i’d recommend!
⭐Gripping with horrific detail and imagery. Cell takes what I expected from it and throws it out of a two story house then uses telekinesis to levitate it into the air before dropping it onto my brain.
⭐This was a really great read. I like every thing I have read from Stephen King. He really keeps you in suspense. And you can’t go wrong when you get them through Amazon.com and the Kindle. It is easy to order from Kindle and you always know what you will get since you can sample the book before you purchase. You just can’t beat Amazon.com and the Kindle system. It is so easy to load it onto my tablet and read it anywhere I want.
⭐As a bookworm, Lit graduate and an English teacher, I ought to have read a King novel by now. I hadn’t, despite owning this and Mr Mercedes for many years now.I’m not well versed in apocalyptic fiction, having read only a few. And I have to be honest, I’m very disappointed that this was the first novel by King I have been introduced to and here’s why.Plot falls next to wool-gathering prose whereby nothing actually happens. It leads up to a very confused, unfulfilling and frustrating ending with absolutely no resolution and out of the blue, 1 in a million even happening.Nothing really happens in this novel. The characters are forgettable and lack any sort of qualities you’d expect in a zombie apocalypse book (characters that bond; share or antagonise one another because they have no choice in order to survive). The only emotion this book gives characters is when they say farewell to one another and when King passes off their horror and disgust with simple confusion.No trauma is present when kids and adults see flying torsos and dead zombies holding their guts, trying to claw their faces off. Other than vomiting (which happens to the best of us on a messy night out), the characters seem to be steel proof that are void of complex emotion and strong story-driven dialogue.It was my Lockdown and summer read. Just like how we all feel about 2020 is the exact same way I feel about this book: I wish to forget about and I wish i never came across this novel in the first place. Utter disappointment.
⭐I know it’s all up to personal opinion, but I love this book. It’s severely underrated in my eyes. The only thing I can say that deserves the criticism is the ending. It’s out of nowhere, and felt very rushed.Minor spoiler:It’s a cliffhanger yet there is no plans for a sequel, so therefore, it seemed a little pointless to do that. Other than that? Brilliant.
⭐Not a bad premise for a story, but this seems a half-hearted effort from Stephen King, and whilst the story was fairly well paced, there was not much really in the way of genuine threat, or excitement. Also, the story seemed to lack a beginning, in that there was no real lead up to what was going on, and it certainly lacked a conclusion. In fact, it’s probably one of the most frustrating endings to a book that I’ve ever read, as everything was left unresolved.
⭐I read King’s Pet Sematary on publication in 1983 in one sitting and was hooked. Over the next couple of years I read almost everything King-related. On publication, I bought and devoured every book and short story collection.Then, in the late 80s, I started to lose interest. Perhaps I was growing up. Perhaps King’s substance abuse was coming into play. After The Tommyknockers (1987) (which I found very disappointing) I left King alone for a long time.Then, when on holiday a couple of years ago, I read Duma Key (2008) and concluded that King had perhaps recovered his mojo. The ending was disappointing, but the writing was excellent (until all the supernatural hokum kicked in).Since then, I’ve been working my way backwards. 11.22.63 was excellent. Under The Dome was fantastic (bar the last chapter). Just After Sunset (short stories) was good. I went back a bit further and read From A Buick 8 (2002) but that was pants. Lisey’s Story (2006) was patchy.So, to Cell (also 2006). The premise is that something called “the pulse” is emitted on the mobile phone network and anyone using their mobile phone at that moment in time goes crazy. The story involves the attempts of a graphic novelist (Clay) to get from Boston to rural Maine to see if his son and estranged wife have survived the calamity.The story was linear – which I liked – as I’m fed up now with books that jump back and forth in time, but, really, I’m not sure this was more than a short story stretched out to 400 pages. And a rather inadequately thought out short story at that. Furthermore, the thing that, to my mind, makes King such a great story-teller – his ability to make his character life-like and believable, with detailed back stories, and clearly defined personalities – was oddly absent. It’s as though this was more of a plot synopsis for a graphic novel rather than a novel proper.The spread of reviews on Amazon is tellingly flat – with nearly the same number of reviews in each of the five categories. There are a lot of complaints about the ending (unresolved). There are a lot of complaints about the apparent half-heartedness of King’s attempts to explain everything.On one level – as a simple zombie/crazy story – it works. Really, though, for a King novel, this was a let-down.4/10
⭐This is the familiar tale of: event happens + everything changes = road trip involving unlikely traveling companions from A to B. In this case it is a phone pulse from an unknown source that transforms everyone into zombies except an small group of Bostonians who have to travel to – you guessed it – Maine.I like Stephen King, but I kind of get the feeling that he has been here before. This reminds me quite a lot of The Stand and a short story that he wrote called The Fog (IIRC) which he wrote to get over writer’s block which is just a simple of story of crazy creatures coming out of a fog (it’s great though). This feels like he had an idea and then just didn’t know where to go with it and towards the end of the book one gets the feeling that he wanted to just finish it, but didn’t really know how. The problem is is that the plot holes really grated and it just doesn’t tie together like his other books.Also, his characters didn’t feel consistent – as they normally do – and I really didn’t root for them as much. I ended up just thinking that this was a book that King’s publishers wanted him to write and it feels bereft of ideas, new characters and the rollercoaster narrative that is so indicative of Stephen King’s work.I hate writing bad reviews, especially of a writer who’s work I normally love, but this is not one of his best. It is still quite a good read but only two stars.
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