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Cell by Stephen King

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Now I’d gone a pretty long time without reading any Stephen King until having run out of books recently I reread an old favourite of mine and realised anew why I loved his stories so much. And once again, Cell doesn’t disappoint. The basic premise is that a signal, (The Pulse) is sent out simultaneously over the populations’ cell phones so that anyone using theirs at the time loses their mind and tries to kill either themselves or the people around them. Obviously those not infected then reach for their cells to contact the emergency services or loved ones and end up becoming affected themselves. The story follows protagonist, Clayton Riddell, a man who doesn’t own a cell phone, as he tries to survive  the now zombie like population, find his son and ex-wife and band together with the few remaining survivors. What really complicates matters as the story unfolds is that the cell victims gradually evolve from unfocused savages to co-operating “flocks” who, it turns out want to rid their world of any remaining normals.

Genre: 

Horror

Number of pages:

512

Interesting Fact:

A charity auction was held by Ebay, the winner of which, one Pam Alexander, won a role in the novel. Ms Alexander passed the honor onto her brother, Ray Huizenga who, in the story survived “The Pulse” but later died helping to kill one of the flocks.

Been  made into a film?

Yep, here’s the link :https://www.google.co.uk/url

What I like about the book:

As always Kings’ descriptions are so flowing and consuming that you are literally right there in the story alongside Riddell, watching all the horror unfold. The pace is just right all the way through, the action sporadic enough to keep you on the edge of your seat but the descriptions and interactions between the characters  in depth enough to make you really care about them.

And dislike:

The gore. I know I know, it’s Stephen King and that’s just the way he rolls. In fact I’m pretty sure the book wouldn’t work without all the incredibly graphic violence but I can’t help being squeamish.

Final Thoughts:

If you like/love Stephen King, you’ll enjoy this book. Similar to some of his other novels, (The Stand spring to mind), it’s a keeper nonetheless. If you’ve never read Stephen King before this is a good place to start, it’s action packed, fast paced and absorbing but be warned it’s not for the faint of heart.

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