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Cell: A Novel by Stephen King

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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King's take on the zombie apocalypse novel! For him, the root cause is "The Pulse" as delivered through a cell phone! From then on, it's the phone crazies vs. the normals! It's a pretty good, quick read, and it gets to the action right away! The main character is Clay and he picks up some help along the way. And his main adversary is the Raggedy Man, who is pretty dang creepy! I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending, but it does work.

Spoler alert:

I did not like that the origin of "The Pulse" is never given. Nor how it would enable the phone crazies to gain the powers of telepathy and levitation. Very frustrating for me. ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Mar 4, 2015 |
I loved this book. I have seen many reviews in the last year on other Stephen King books that rant about how bad this book was, and honestly I just don't understand why people weren't transported by the story.

King walks us through an apocalyptic experience that rather than the world being destroyed, the essence of humanity is wiped out. It is not the population, but our evolution of knowledge and technology that destroys us. It is our technological tower of Babel, the cell towers and signals that destroy civilization in this tale.

It was absolutely fascinating to imagine a world that was destroyed by the technology it reveres and the only ones not effected are those that are not held hostage by their cell phones.

It was an amazing experience that I enjoyed tremendously. My best friend and daughter are on board with most of the other reviewers, they didn't like the book. But as for myself, the imagination of this story is unique and delivered the way only Steven King can bring it to you. ( )
  jlsimon7 | Mar 1, 2015 |
"The event that came to be known as The Pulse began at 3:03 pm., eastern standard time, on the afternoon of October 1. The term was a misnomer, of course, but within ten hours of the event, most of the scientists capable of pointing this out were either dead or insane. The name hardly mattered, in any case. What mattered was the effect."

Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his graphic novel project.

His joy at finally being offered the deal of a lifetime is short lived by an event called The Pulse which causes everyone using their mobiles phones at the time to have their brains rewired…and ...well mayhem and murder aplenty ensue

Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a mobile phone.

In the panic to get out of Boston and find his way home to his wife and son (who does own a mobile), he is joined by Tom McCourt, a man he meets in the meleé immediately following The Pulse and a young girl, Alice, who they rescue from being killed by one of the “phoners.” The story follows their terrifying journey, avoiding capture—and worse—by the “phoners” who are beginning to “flock” and are led by one they call Raggedy Man.

A rather unique spin on the zombie genre, high entertaining with engaging characters makes this a very readable romp framed between a cinematic opening and an ambiguous ending… King's words describe it perfectly like "cheap whisky . . . very nasty and extremely satisfying." The pulse is never explained and this left to conjecture and speculation both by the characters and the reader.

King does have a message regarding humanity and how much of it is left when "Civilization slips into its second dark age” as Clay says "This is how it goes when the bottom drops out," Clay realizes. "This is how we act." and it is not nice at all
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  jan.fleming | Feb 9, 2015 |
A história começa momentos antes do Impulso. Momentos antes do mundo desabar. E tudo porque algo (um vírus informático talvez...) é enviado a todos os telemóveis do mundo, levando a que todos aqueles que atendem a chamada, enlouquecem...
Seguimos a história do ponto de vista dos sobreviventes, dos normais, aqueles que não tinham telemóvel ou que perceberam a tempo que este era o veículo da loucura.
A ideia é boa, não é? Infelizmente a história é contada de uma forma pouco ou nada cativante. A primeira sensação que tive foi que estava a ler um guião de um filme. Os diálogos existiam mas o raciocínio das personagens é quase inexistente. Foi, por isso, muito difícil identificar-me com eles, sentir pena ou horror com elas. Por vezes (demasiadas até...) desejei-lhes a morte para acabar com o meu sofrimento e acabar o livro de vez.
Por falar em horror, as descrições das partes mutiladas e cheias de puz de uns e outro são óptimas, tiram a fome a qualquer um. No entanto, são tão gratuitas e desprovidas de dramatismo que a nem isso é interessante de ler.
Esperava mais do Stephen King. Li o "Carrie" há muitos anos e lembro-me de ter adorado. O que é que aconteceu afinal? Estará o Stephen King cansado de escrever, ou então com a sua escrita tão mecanizada que já perdeu a sua paixão pelas palavras?
Fraco este "Cell" e não fiquei nada contente com o fim... Fraco, muito fraco... ( )
  tchetcha | Jan 15, 2015 |
My first foray into a King novel was decidedly a failure. I really didn’t like the book (Firestarter). I was a bit apprehensive about giving him another shot, but BookJunkieKrystal (from Books Are My Thing) was adamant that I needed to give him at least one more chance. So, she recommend King’s version of a zombie book to me (as some you know, I’m a HUGE fan of zombie fiction). Needless to say, I didn’t start Cell with an open mind.

Cell didn’t start out slow, at all. It was action right from the start, but it still took me a few chapters to get into it (I think I was about 30 or so pages in). There was so much going on in such a short period of time, but it wasn’t hard to follow King’s story. I found the quick-pace without a lot of introductory explanations helped move the book along. It was like you (the reader) figures out what the heck is going on along with the characters. I have to admit that I haven’t read many books with this type of narrative, but I liked it.

The characters were likable, but weird. The main character, Clay, talks to himself (fine, every once in a while I do too). I really loved Tom. I thought he was such an amazing character and I wish there had been more of him at the end of the book (that’s not a spoiler). I did not particularly care for Alice or Clay’s son. Alice was just a little too weird for me (carrying around a creepy baby shoe and putting her emotions in there instead of cracking). I did not understand this at all and obviously had a hard time relating to it. And Clay’s son kind of came across as stupid. Maybe I’m not correctly remembering how smart kids are at certain ages, but I thought he seemed dumber than the average bear.

Cell was scary on so many different levels. The idea that our cell phones are the root of the problem is a terrifying thought, based solely on the realization that almost everyone has a cell phone today and most of us carry it around on a regular basis (can’t leave home without it). Using a mass pulse through cell phones, as a terrorist attack, is brilliant (hopefully no one ever figures that one out or we’re all screwed). I won’t lie, while reading Cell I may have avoided my phone more than usual (to be fair, I usually don’t like to carry it around anyway).

I know what you’re wondering, have I converted to a Stephen King fan? I don’t know. If you look at mathematically, I’m straddling the fence. I need to read a few more King novels before making that particular distinction, but I am a huge fan of Cell. If you already like Stephen King or zombie books, I would highly recommend Cell. If you’re looking for a great Halloweeny read, I would recommend Cell. If you hate horror, zombie, apocalyptic type books, then I would recommend Cell (just kidding on that last group – I’d skip this one if I were you).

For more reviews, check out http://reviewsinapinch.com/ today! ( )
  ReviewsInAPinch | Oct 22, 2014 |
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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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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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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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