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Cell: A Novel
by Stephen King

Published: 2006-11-21
Paperback : 449 pages
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WHERE WERE YOU ON OCTOBER 1ST AT 3:03 P.M.?

Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic ...
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Introduction

WHERE WERE YOU ON OCTOBER 1ST AT 3:03 P.M.?

Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.

And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone....

Editorial Review

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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  "I love Stephen King, but read some of his other works instead"by meye0797 (see profile) 06/02/11

I hate putting bad reviews, but I prefer many of his other books to this one - this has a plot line similar to his other books, like The Stand, but is not as entertaining or complex. A better book club... (read more)

 
  "Great apocolyptic/zombie read"by CollyO (see profile) 03/16/11

I really enjoyed this book. It gripped me straight away, I couldn't put it down. would have given 5 stars but the ending wasn't a good fit for me

 
  "I could not put this book down"by AmySueCats1 (see profile) 11/13/10

I was the only of us who liked this book. Not sure what that says about me :) But I could not stop reading. Very out there and I loved it!!

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