A Novel

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2006.
ISBN: 9780743292337
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 25 cm.


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Mar 08, 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.

Oct 07, 2015

I hated the ending! Sounded like a 'Cell 2" coming soon .

Sometimes King just goes on and on and on close to the end of his books. The book was OK.

JAMES REBEIRO Nov 06, 2014

It is a fantastic four story about novena and James,. That is all,. Thanks,. James Rebeiro.
It's epic moment is very good but written in French language with English Monogram, so that everyone of us go to heaven and become Jesus's son & daughter,. at last we think of Heaven and last procure comes to end lebu and thus go to solemn duty,. and bird & beauty soon come to us and we get resuraction,. James Rebeiro,. Thanks,.

athompson10 Nov 05, 2014

Gory. Not his best. Some moments of suspense but the ending is a fizzle.

Jul 31, 2014

Great premise, interesting story, good characters, and then it all falls apart and gets incredibly boring and stupid.

May 20, 2014

Seemed too predictable. Didnt enjoy it.

Oct 02, 2013

Excellent! One of my favourites! When my cellphone died, I didn't get another...this book makes you wonder. hmmm

Jul 07, 2013

An excellent book. I wish that we had gotten to find out what happened at the ending with his son but it was still awesome. Just read it.

Viking234 Apr 12, 2013

Good book, always enjoy SK's writing. Could not put the book down.

leapyrtwins Jan 06, 2013

Classic Stephen King. Loved every page of it!

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