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.
What if a pulse sent out through cell phones turned every person using one of them into a zombie-like killing machine? That's what happens on page six of King's latest, a glib, technophobic but compelling look at the end of civilization or at what may turn into a new, extreme, telepathically enforced fascism. Those who are not on a call at the time of the pulse (and who don't reach for their phones to find out what is going on) remain "normies." One such is Clayton Riddell, an illustrator from Kent Pond, Maine, who has just sold some work in Boston when the pulse hits. Clay's single-minded attempt to get back to Maine, where his estranged wife, Sharon, and young son, Johnny-Gee, may or may not have been turned into "phoners" (as those who have had their brains wiped by the pulse come to be called) comprises the rest of the plot. King's imagining of what is more or less post-Armageddon Boston is rich, and the sociological asides made by his characters along the way Clay travels at first with two other refugees are jaunty and witty. The novel's three long set pieces are all pretty gory, but not gratuitously so, and the book holds together in signature King style. Fans will be satisfied and will look forward to the next King release, Lisey's Story, slated for October.
Very interesting concept. The ending left me wondering what happened to the characters and I wanted more.
Great! I wanted more!
Don’t answer the phone!
Many reviewers have said, at any place or site where you can review a book on your phone, that the scariest thing about this book is that it could probably happen. I wholeheartedly agree! I finished reading Stephen King’s Cell only two weeks ago and it is utterly terrifying! On a seemingly ordinary afternoon, all it takes is the ringing of a cell phone for this ordinary day in Boston, Massachusetts to explode into a nightmare! Suddenly, anyone who answers their cell phone is instantly transformed into a raving lunatic by a strange signal, a “pulse” that is sent through cell phones. Anyone who answers their phone is turned into an out-of-control, murderous maniac from which no one is safe. Graphic artist Clay Riddell is fortunate enough to avoid being one of those who are transformed by the sheer coincidence that he doesn’t own a cell phone. As it quickly dawns on him that the catastrophe didn’t just happen in Boston, but probably everywhere in America, he joins other survivors who are looking for a safe haven, but Clay is also looking for his son. His determination to return home and make sure his son, Johnny, who owns a cell phone, is okay, drives every step of his journey, even as he and his companions make the horrifying discovery that the “phone crazies”,as he and his friends call them, are evolving... and whatever they are evolving into will be something even deadlier than they what they became when the Pulse happened! As critics and fans both seem to agree on, if anyone knows how to put a chilling spin on the modern day “zombie apocalypse” horror novel, it’s definitely master of horror Stephen King! I recommend it to all horror fans who love Stephen King’s books! Just don’t expect too much sleep after you finish it! 🧟♀️ 🧟♂️