Review: Cell by Stephen King

Blurb from Amazon: 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.

My Thoughts:

From the time I started reading, I was immediately drawn into this novel, Cell. Right off the bat in the first couple of pages when the apocalypse began, I had a really hard time putting it down. We are introduced to Clay, the main character, who was immediately likeable. As the story progresses, his character was well rounded out, struggling with internal conflict as well as struggling to survive in the new world of phone crazies. I would have like to have seen the other characters developed in more depth as well. Alice and Tom were interesting in their own right and I think more background on them would have served them better.

The zombie apocalypse trope has been done before but King comes through with a brilliant and unique take. The phone crazies have strange and interesting behaviour, flocking, they called it. Not only that, the phone crazies began evolving, adding a whole new dimension to the story. As Clay and his group of refugees travel together to get to Clay’s home and find his son and estranged wife, they experience and witness many strange events, and strange characters.

The book started out amazing, as I said, especially the first half of the story,  but I have to say the ending did me in. I wanted to throw the book across the room and if it wasn’t a library book (overdue, at that) I probably would have. I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen in the end and I had nothing. I was left hanging.

Overall, I really enjoyed Cell. Stephen King is an amazing author, his writing is always fresh and different. If it wasn’t for the ending it would be five stars. Here, I am giving it 4 stars.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?

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Cell by Stephen King Friday Post


Formats: Hardcover / Paperback / Audio / eBook / Kindle
First Edition Release Date:January, 2006

Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his comic book project. His joy at finally hitting it big is shattered by an event called The Pulse which causes all those who were using their cell phones at the time of The Pulse to become zombies attacking and killing anyone in their way. Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a cell phone. In the panic to get out of Boston and find his way home to his wife and son in Maine, 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 “crazies.” The story follows their terrifying journey, avoiding capture—and worse—by the “crazies” who are beginning to “flock” and are led by one they call Raggedy Man as they attempt to reach Maine and a place called Kashwak which they hope will be their salvation.

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on 

Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.


I just started reading this and already I’m excited about this story. I’m totally drawn in to the story of the main character. Here’s the first paragraph in the story:

The event that came to be known as The Pulse began at 3:03 p.m., 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.

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s the blurb from page 56:

“No,” Mr. Ricardi said, almost primly. “Employees have to leave them in their lockers while they’re on the job. One violation gets them a reprimand. Two and they can be fired. I tell them this when they’re taken on.” He lifted one thin shoulder in a half-shrug. “It’s management’s policy, not mine.”

“Would she have gone down to the second floor to investigate those sounds?” Alice asked.

“Possibly,” Mr. Ricardi said. “I have no way of knowing. I only know that I haven’t heard from her since she reported the wastebasket fire out, and she hasn’t answered her pages. I paged her twice.”

Clay didn’t want to say You see, it isn’t safe here, either right out loud, so he looked past Alice at Tom, trying to give him the basic idea with his eyes.