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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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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).

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  ReviewsInAPinch | Oct 22, 2014 |
futuristic and scary. I forgot how much I enjoyed king.but after all these years he still delivers a great story ( )
  selinalynn69 | Aug 19, 2014 |
I'll say this a million times, but I am a sucker for apocalyptic stories. I just love it, no matter how cheesy it is. I honestly felt that Cell by Stephen King was phenomenal. I can't understand how someone wouldn't enjoy this book. I was hooked from the first page. I literally couldn't put it down. The characters seemed a little bland at times, but overall I thought that Clay was a badass. It's not zombies, it's something new, something fresh, and I think that's why some people might have hated it. They complain about the overuse of the living dead, but when someone tries to shake up the theme, it gets back lash. Screw that. Cell was a great read, it's officially one of my favorites, and I think it deserves five stars. ( )
  nikkiplusbooks | Aug 1, 2014 |
At first glance, this book reminded me a lot of the movie, The Happening...which was a terrible movie. However, this book wasn't terrible. This leads me to believe that perhaps Happening could have been wayyyy better as a book.

The premise of the book is a great one. As a person who is attached to my cell phone, this book gave me the creeps. On October 1st, something goes wrong. Every cell phone on Earth begins sending out a signal, the 'Pulse', which essentially drives whoever is talking on the phone (or even near enough to a phone to hear the pulse...) BAM! You've got a one way ticket to Crazyville, Population: EVERYONE who has a cell phone.

There was some discussion in the book about this being a terrorist act (but in the end, this was never established). And on that count, creating something that makes every cell phone user insane is BRILLIANT. Just think about it, what would YOU do if you saw everyone going crazy, in the homicidal-kill-you-with-anything-I-have-including-my-teeth way? I don’t know about you, but I’d pick up my phone and call someone to ask, “WTF?” And then I’d be a crazy.

In this respect, I really love this book. There were times it was repetitive, and times when I didn’t necessarily agree with what the characters did/thought…but all in all it’s a great dystopia book—perhaps the first I have read by King.
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  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
At first glance, this book reminded me a lot of the movie, The Happening...which was a terrible movie. However, this book wasn't terrible. This leads me to believe that perhaps Happening could have been wayyyy better as a book.

The premise of the book is a great one. As a person who is attached to my cell phone, this book gave me the creeps. On October 1st, something goes wrong. Every cell phone on Earth begins sending out a signal, the 'Pulse', which essentially drives whoever is talking on the phone (or even near enough to a phone to hear the pulse...) BAM! You've got a one way ticket to Crazyville, Population: EVERYONE who has a cell phone.

There was some discussion in the book about this being a terrorist act (but in the end, this was never established). And on that count, creating something that makes every cell phone user insane is BRILLIANT. Just think about it, what would YOU do if you saw everyone going crazy, in the homicidal-kill-you-with-anything-I-have-including-my-teeth way? I don’t know about you, but I’d pick up my phone and call someone to ask, “WTF?” And then I’d be a crazy.

In this respect, I really love this book. There were times it was repetitive, and times when I didn’t necessarily agree with what the characters did/thought…but all in all it’s a great dystopia book—perhaps the first I have read by King.
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  csweder | Jul 8, 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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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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