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Cell: A Novel (edition 2006)

by Stephen King

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Title:Cell: A Novel
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Pocket Star (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
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Cell by Stephen King

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I wanted to read this since the movie was coming out. I laughed, cried and was disappointed. 95% of the book was actually a decent read and kept me on the edge of my seat.

For the rest of the review, visit my blog at: http://angelofmine1974.livejournal.com/106244.html ( )
  booklover3258 | Jun 20, 2016 |
This book was so intensifing that I could'nt put it down. I realize while sitting there reading the book that I was getting no air. The monster of the storm had me holding my breath The Author made me feel like I was there tring to survive the storm. It was a true story and The Author took me completely through the massive storm. I have been on a boat in rough waters before but nothing as destrutive as this.....Amazing

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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
"Cell" has a great underlying premise: The human brain is an organic computer that has a basic operating system, which is capable of being erased. In this case the erasure is triggered by a "pulse" that is sent out to millions of people through their cell phones. The twist comes when the "normies" (those that had their phones off), realize that the "phoners" ( those that had their phones on), are evolving over time. They appear to be developing more sophisticated traits that are, in some cases, superior to those of normal humans. For instance, they communicate via telepathy and move around by means of levitation.

From the first page to the last, you're hooked. It doesn't matter if the reading calories are empty; you can't stop reading. That's why Stephen King, above everything else, and perhaps in spite of everything else, has remained one of the best selling author in the world. You just can't stop reading him. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I resisted starting Stephen King's Cell mostly because cell phones have evolved so much since 2006, as has our relationship to them. What was once a new and feared gadget is now more common than ever. (Seriously, it's only a matter of time before we think of ourselves as cyborgs, and not in a sarcastic way.) And King's a bit of a technophobe, at least in his stories, so I thought whatever anxieties cell phones caused 10 years ago would be so much worse today. Also, I'm not really into zombies so there's that too.

Turns out most of my initial impressions were unfounded. Cell is a fun, post-apocalyptic adventure. Give it a try. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Mar 8, 2016 |
Clayton Riddell, a struggling artist from Maine who is estranged from his wife, Sharon, and a young son named Johnny, has landed a lucrative graphic novel deal in Boston after having spent years teaching art instead of producing it. As he prepares to celebrate, somebody, somewhere, triggers "The Pulse," a signal sent out over the global cell-phone network which instantly strips any cell-phone user of their ability to reason, locking them into blood-thirsty, homicidal creatures. Civilization crumbles as the masses of Pulse's victims (dubbed "phone crazies" or simply "phoners") attack each other and any unaltered people in view. During this, Clay encounters or sees many of the phone crazies that he remembers later and they continue to haunt him throughout the book: Pixie Dark and Pixie Light, two teenage girls crazed by the Pulse, Power-Suit Woman, a woman Clay sees who tries to kill an ice cream man and is in turn killed by Pixie Light, the Dog Man, a man seen by Clay to be chewing on a dog's ear (Before ripping it off the side of its head), the teacher, an elderly woman who won a fierce battle near a sub-way station. Amidst the chaos, Clay is thrown together with Tom McCourt and 15-year-old Alice Maxwell. While Boston burns behind them, they walk to Tom's house in the Boston suburb of Malden. The journey is not only successful but almost peaceful; as night falls the victims of the Pulse all mysteriously drop out of sight.

The next morning the phone crazies, while still engaging in spasms of violence, reappear and begin "flocking", migrating in lockstep outside Tom's home, only to disappear once again at dusk. They also begin to regain a semblance of intelligence, and forage for not only food, but radios and CD players of all sorts. Despite these new developments, Clay is unalterably determined to return to Johnny. Having no better alternatives, the other two come with him.

They trek north by night across a devastated New England, having fleeting encounters with other "normie" survivors and catching disturbing hints about the activities of the phone crazies, who still attack non-phoners on sight. Crossing into New Hampshire, they arrive at the Gaiten Academy, a prep school with one remaining teacher, the kindly but definitely "old school" Charles Ardai (or "The Head"), and one surviving pupil, a very bright boy named Jordan. The two of them show the newcomers where the local phone crazies flock goes at night: packing its components into the Academy's soccer field like sardines, "switched off" until morning. They also notice that there are many radios and speakers throughout the field, playing random songs each time. The Head demonstrates that the phone crazies have become a hive mind, and are developing psychic and telekinetic abilities. The five of them decide that they must destroy the flock before its powers grow even stronger. They do this by parking two propane tankers on the soccer field, waiting for the flock to settle in for the night and blowing up the vehicles with a shot from a revolver. Clay tries to get everyone to flee the resulting scene of carnage, but The Head is too elderly to travel, and the others refuse to leave him, particularly Jordan.

The sleep that follows is filled with horrific dreams, in which everyone sees themselves in a stadium, surrounded by hundreds of phoners who broadcast a grim telepathic threat in Latin. A disheveled African-American man wearing a Harvard University hooded sweatshirt approaches, bringing their death. Waking, the heroes compare notes and dub him "The Raggedy Man". A new flock then surrounds their residence, and the trapped normies face the flock's metaphorical spokesman: the man (or body) wearing the Harvard hoodie. The flock commits bloody reprisal on all other normals in the area, and orders the protagonists to head north to a spot in Maine called "Kashwak". To preempt one objection, the flock psychically compels the Head to commit suicide. Clay and the others bury him and travel north, mostly because Clay is still determined to go home.

En route, they learn that as "flock-killers" they have been psychically marked as untouchables, to be shunned by other normals who refer to them as "The Gaiten Bunch". They are further disheartened to learn the phoners have now recruited normals to guard them while they "sleep". The worst blow of all hits when, following a petty squabble on the road, Alice is killed by a loutish pair of normals. Again the group buries its dead and pushes on. Arriving in Clay's hometown of Kent Pond, the remaining three discover notes from Johnny which tell them that Sharon was turned into a phoner on October 1, but that her son survived for several days, before he and all the other local normies were prompted to head to Kashwak, deluded by the phoners into thinking it was a safe haven. Clay has another nightmare which reveals that once there, they were all exposed to the Pulse by the phoners. He is still intent on finding his son, but after meeting another trio of flock-killers (Dan, a technical school teacher; a pregnant woman named Denise; and Ray, a construction worker), Tom and Jordan plan to head west, avoiding the ceremonial executions the phoners clearly have planned. Before leaving, the group discover that Alice's murderers were compelled into suicide as punishment for touching an untouchable.

Clay sets off alone, but the others soon reappear driving a small school bus; the phoners have used their ever-increasing powers to force them to rejoin him. Ray secretly gives Clay a cell-phone and phone number, tells him to use them when the time is right, and shoots himself.

Kashwak is the site of a half-assembled county fair. The travelers notice that more and more of the phoners are behaving erratically and breaking out of the flock. Jordan theorizes that a computer program was the source of the Pulse, and while it is still pumping its signal into the battery-powered cell-phone network, it has become corrupted with a computer worm, infecting the newer phoners with a mutated version of the Pulse on October 1. Nevertheless, an entire army of phoners is waiting for the arrivals; among them is the battered shell of Sharon, whom Clay pushes aside. Night falls, and the phoners lock the group in the fair's exhibition hall.

As a sleepless Clay waits for his execution the next morning, he realizes what Ray planned with the cell-phone: he covertly filled the rear of the bus with explosives, wired a phone-triggered detonator to them, and then killed himself to prevent the phone crazies from telepathically discovering his plan. The heroes break a window large enough for Jordan to squeeze through, and he drives the bus into the midst of the inert phoners. Thanks to a jerry-rigged cellphone patch set up by the fair workers pre-Pulse, the bomb works exactly as hoped, and another scene of mass carnage rains down. The Raggedy Man and his flock have been destroyed.

The majority of the group heads north into Canada, to get out of cellphone coverage and let the approaching winter wipe out the region's unprotected phoners. Clay still seeks his son; after making arrangements with the others for a later rendezvous, he heads south. He searches a town called Gurleyville where surviving phoners wander around, now without a flock mind, utterly disoriented. Some have begun to regain speech and somehwat normal actions but are still obviously insane. Against all odds, he finds Johnny, who received a "corrupted" dose of the Pulse; not only did he successfully wander away from Kashwak, he seems to almost recognize his father. However, Johnny is an erratic shadow of his former self, and so, following a theory of Jordan's, Clay gives Johnny another blast from the Pulse, hoping that the increasingly corrupted iterations of the Pulse will destroy each other and reset his son's brain to normal. The book ends with Clay putting a cell-phone to his son's ear, repeating what he would say to Johnny in pre-Pulse days when there was a phonecall; "Fo-fo-you-you."

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
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If you have ever worried that using mobile phones might scramble your brain, Stephen King suggests you may just be right. It all happens at 3.02pm one afternoon, when everyone in the world using a cellphone suddenly becomes a violent maniac.
added by stephmo | editThe Guardian, Matthew Lewin (Feb 25, 2006)
 
Stephen King is supposed to have retired. A year ago, he published the final part of his seven-book Dark Tower saga with the book of the same name - a novel so crushingly disappointing that, reluctantly, all but King's most ardent fans were forced to agree with the author himself that it was probably time for him to stop and enjoy the royalties from his 40 or so bestsellers.
 
Cell is Stephen King's first full-length novel since his threatened retirement in 2003. Of course, this most prolific of authors has not been idle during this period, penning a collaborative non-fiction book about baseball, a regular column for the popular US magazine Entertainment Weekly, several short stories, and even a short (and slightly puzzling) noir novel, The Colorado Kid, for small publisher Hard Case Crime. This is the first of two new novels to be published this year, with Lisey's Story to follow in October.
added by stephmo | editThe Independent, Matt Thorne (Feb 12, 2006)
 
This is the way the world ends... not with a bang, but a whimper.
— T. S. Elliot


Actually, it ends with a "pulse" -- an errant cell phone signal that wipes away the user's humanity, 'rebooting' their brain back to something basic... primordial... and evil. Even those within earshot of the gray matter draining signal suffer a kind of evolutionary epilepsy, reverting to a state of pure impulse and mental confusion. As the feeling consumes its host, madness takes over, and there is only one way to satisfy this cruel craving. The insanity must be met with violence, quelling the instinctual bloodlust that lay dormant inside every person's DNA. Thus the world ends, and it's the very people who protected and prospered upon it who are now intent on taking it down.
added by stephmo | editPop Matters, Bill Gibron (Feb 9, 2006)
 
If the stretch of years between Sept. 11 and last fall's Kashmir earthquake has reminded us of anything, it's that history can take a drastic turn in one day. Stephen King jumps into the middle of one such day on the opening pages of Cell, his first full-length novel since he came off what has to be the shortest-ever retirement not involving professional boxing. Happily wandering Boston after selling a comic-book pitch, artist Clay Riddell watches as the world goes mad when a mind-wiping electronic pulse turns everyone using a cell phone into a violent zombie.
 

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The id will not stand for a delay in gratification. It always feels the tension of the unfulfilled urge. - Sigmund Freud
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 Lorenz
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Cell is an apocalyptic horror novel concerning a New England artist struggling to reunite with his young son after a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell-phone network turns masses of his fellow humans into zombies.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0743292332, Hardcover)

Witness Stephen King's triumphant, blood-spattered return to the genre that made him famous. Cell, the king of horror's homage to zombie films (the book is dedicated in part to George A. Romero) is his goriest, most horrific novel in years, not to mention the most intensely paced. Casting aside his love of elaborate character and town histories and penchant for delayed gratification, King yanks readers off their feet within the first few pages; dragging them into the fray and offering no chance catch their breath until the very last page.

In Cell King taps into readers fears of technological warfare and terrorism. Mobile phones deliver the apocalypse to millions of unsuspecting humans by wiping their brains of any humanity, leaving only aggressive and destructive impulses behind. Those without cell phones, like illustrator Clayton Riddell and his small band of "normies," must fight for survival, and their journey to find Clayton's estranged wife and young son rockets the book toward resolution.

Fans that have followed King from the beginning will recognize and appreciate Cell as a departure--King's writing has not been so pure of heart and free of hang-ups in years (wrapping up his phenomenal Dark Tower series and receiving a medal from the National Book Foundation doesn't hurt either). "Retirement" clearly suits King, and lucky for us, having nothing left to prove frees him up to write frenzied, juiced-up horror-thrillers like Cell. --Daphne Durham

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It may seem odd, but it's true--something as simple as one phone call can change the world forever. And that's exactly what happenes on October 1, when a single pulse is simultaneously transmitted through every cell phone on the planet. After the Pulse, an unspeakable transformation occurs. People everywhere begin devolving into inhuman killing machines--and civilization as we know it grinds to a halt in a terrifying riot of violence.… (more)

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