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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  118,472 ratings  ·  3,897 reviews
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 gra ...more
Paperback, 449 pages
Published November 21st 2006 by Pocket Star (first published January 1st 2006)
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Leah Heard
Literary critics can moan all they want about Stephen King's "penny dreadful" oeuvre, but his mastery at the craft of storytelling is indisputable. King writes his novels like a seduction, the story unfolding delicately and deliberately. As any Stephen King fan knows, his coy expository chapters often take up the first hundred pages or more. In Cell, however, the reader is brutally dragged into the main action--unspeakable, senseless violence--within the first seven pages. Cell is by far King's ...more
Jan 02, 2008 Chris rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
I don’t know where to start. I don’t know what to say. I own about 30 Stephen King books, I believe I have read them all. Strange enough, it seems like just as I started getting into the King of Horror, his talent began to dwindle. I think it was when I was in sixth grade that I started digging him and becoming a fan, and at about that same time he began to put out books that pretty much anyone with a brain will concede are not nearly the clean-up hitters that his first works were. Carrie, Pet C ...more
I suddenly realised half way through this book that it is really a zombie novel. After a shower I felt better and rationalised that this was occupying my "wouldn't normally read this" slot in my book consumption; sigh of relief.
I must admit that I did enjoy some of King's early novels, but this was so far fetched and ridiculous (Am I really saying "It" wasn't?). The plot is simple. Somehow, someone sends a pulse through the mobile phone system which wipes clean a person's mind and sends them ba
Stephen King does zombies! Well...kind of. We'll get to that in a bit.

But first, here's how I think this book came about:

Way back in aught-6 (2006), or just before because Cell was published in '06, but who knows with King, am I right? But anyway, we've come a long way since that time. Everyone was getting cell phones and they were just about getting to every last person around. I imagine him having this conversation with, let's say, his son, Joe Hill.

Stephen: "Wow, cell phones have really gotte
Stefan Yates
For some reason, I had seen quite a few bad reviews on Cell before I read it. Not one to usually dislike a King novel, I did go into this one without the highest of expectations and ended up being very pleasantly surprised.

The story centers around a mass event that turns anyone who happens to be on their cell phone at the time into a zombie. Mass chaos ensues and a small group of survivors bands together and tries to figure out what is going on and how to stop it. Some of the plot-line does have
Edward Lorn
Jun 16, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: King completionists
Five stars for the first half. One star for the last 200 pages, wherein King drags his ass like a dog infested with roundworms.

Cell is a five-star read all the way up to the halfway mark. You got crazies running around, nom nom nomming on tender bits, and a likable crew of misfits trying to stay alive. Underneath it all, King is stoking the fires of 9/11, trying to keep the fear alive a full five years after the towers fell in a half-ass attempt to scare you with real-world issues. The Phonies
You know, I'm pretty sure he said he was retiring a few years ago. Not that I'm complaining, mind you - this was a fun read. I just figure we should never trust a writer when they say they're done. This is like crack to them, I suppose.

With this book, King is back to my favorite story type of his - world-spanning apocalypse. Ain't nothing better than the end of the world, in my judgment, and The Stand is still one of my favorite King books.

In this one, though, he takes a slightly different appro
Heena P.
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There have been many who have compared Stephen King's Cell with his earlier Apocalypse-Now effort, The Stand. And there are some good reasons, End-of-the-World setting, the survivors polarized into two camps, one camp, arguably no longer even human, a big bang ending in an arena like setting, etc. But there are differences as well. When King wrote The Stand, it seemed to mark a moment in that writer's life where he was becoming overt in things religious. The Stand is a battle between good and ev ...more
A small group of survivors of the so call "The Pulse" event , which happened during our obsession with cellphones, comes together and goes from place to place, searching for a safe heaven and a word about their loved ones who turned into zombie-like drones commonly refereed to as "phone-crazies" in this book. That's the basic premise of King's spin on the otherwise beaten to death and left to die idea of zombie infestation.

The story was fun (although I think it had a much bigger potential)but f
I was in high school when Peter Benchley’s epic book Jaws became a movie. I used to laugh long and loud at my then-youthful friends who wouldn’t go near the water that summer, and if they did, they spent lots of time furtively glancing around them to make sure the evil shark wasn’t anywhere near, never mind that they were swimming in a public pool or local reservoir. Why do I tell you all this? Because I’m having just a wee bit of a problem picking up my wireless phone on the first ring these da ...more
Franco  Santos
Buen libro de King. En mi opinión parte de una idea algo bizarra, sin embargo, el autor la trató de la forma menos ridícula posible.

Empieza bien; las primeras páginas te seducen y te instan a seguir en la historia. A medida que avanzás en la trama empezás a sentir la desesperanza, la desolación y la tragedia de los protagonistas. El misterio tiene un gran papel en esta novela.

A mi parecer en algunas partes es bastante pesado. No sé bien por qué, pero lo es. Un poco repetitivo, quizás.

El final
Krok Zero
My first-ever dance with Stephen King. Yeah, I know I probably should've started with one of his canonical '70s/'80s works. But I picked this up because I was intrigued by the contemporariness of the premise (cell phones cause zombie apocalypse), because it seemed considerably shorter than King's classic novels, and because I was pretty well hooked by the opening pages I read on Amazon.

I missed out on King in my childhood because I was way too much of a pussy to handle anything scary. I distinct
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Stephen King has re-written The Stand. The upside is story moves faster, starts quicker and is about 500 pages shorter. The downside is the characters aren’t as memorable, the story seems rushed at points and the ending is not very fulfilling.

There’s isn’t any buildup to the action, right away you find out what is going to destroy society. A signal from cell phones is doing something screwy with people’s minds, blanking them out and creating a cross between a zombie and a bird (it makes sense af
Timothy Dalton
What can I say that is positive about this book? The only thing that comes to mind is, Thank goodness it was not another page longer. I was committed to finishing this book as writing a review for it would require I push onward to the end. Now here is the deal, I haven't read a King book since I was in middle school, and I can tell you also I was simultaneously reading a Robert McCammon book at the same time. This made my experience with Cell more profound. Here I am reading, The Queen of Bedlam ...more
Seizure Romero
I guess I should have a shelf titled "read-sort of." The first 50-75 pages were fairly engaging-- it is a timely concept and the "what if" factor keeps the plot moving. Then I realized I was reading The Stand all over again, but a slightly different version where the story actually becomes less interesting the further I read. I skipped ahead. I tried to find parts that didn't bore me. I failed. Then I fell asleep and later woke to a beautiful world where I had the freedom to not finish this book ...more
Patrick O'Brien
About halfway though this book I remember thinking "Wow, this must be what diarrhea reads like."

King has crafted some of the best stories ever written.

And this. He wrote this.

This is not one of those best stories I mentioned above.
Mar 19, 2012 Daniella rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King fans and lovers of all things zombie apocalypse
Recommended to Daniella by: Angela Hupp
Cell is vastly different, stylistically, from the other King novels I've read, and as a result, it took me awhile to really get into this book. Overall, however, I think the change in technique really worked for this story. Cell is extremely fast-paced and action-driven, with a more simplistic and linear plot than I've come across in a Stephen King book; a rather spare story, in other words, which might have broken down under the strain of his typical web of intricacies and complex subplots, col ...more
Apr 05, 2012 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: AT&T customers, teenagers always on those damn cell phones
This is classic Stephen King: something Very Bad happens, world goes to shit, a small group of survivors try to make their way across a hostile but familiar landscape, freaky things happen, gore, death, the good guys kinda sorta win in the end, but not cleanly. There could be a sequel but King doesn't generally do sequels, especially for compact little thrillers like this, and that's fine because Cell doesn't need one.

So, the premise is that a "pulse" goes out over the cellular network, and ever
Honestly, I bought this book just because of its very attractive cover. It's very pleasing and bewitching that I just randomly picked it up (didn't read the description and the author as well) and went straight to the cashier. The good side is, it's only sold for 50Php. Not bad.


This book is not on my list for sembreak reads, but I read it anyway. I temporarily listed it last despite the fact that I'm still not done with the second book on the list which is The Cuckoo's Calling. Don't get me wron
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Cell contains a brilliant idea. Sometime soon, a terrorist organization sets off a signal that totally wipes the brains of anyone using a cell phone at the time. The organization (which never is fully realized in the story and only guessed at) perhaps didn't realize the magnitude of their actions because The Pulse, as it became known, totally wiped the "hard drive" or the "higher conscience brain" of anyone who was on the cellular net, stripping humans to their most basic nature- De-evolution as ...more
An unusual novel for Mr. King in that it's short and fast moving. Very little in the way of extensive backgrounds of the characters (we never really learn all that much about Tom for example) or the towns and areas that the characters inhabit.

To me it feels like Mr. King was writing a graphic novel without the illustrations. The fact that his main protagonist Clay writes and illustrates graphic novels is no coincidence. However it isn't a complete change from his way of writing. There is the wi
Peter Meredith
King takes a stab at the latest infatuation...Zombies. What's next sexy vampires falling for dull teenage girls?

Dang it no sexy vampires.
King's imagination should be considered a national monument. It's of such staggering proportions that it's a testimony to his talent that he makes a zombie book work. This book has some really scary moments, and its narrative pulls you in and holds you till the very final moments.

One of my big problems with the book though is that the ending is inconclusive. I
I remember seeing this book in the store when it first came out and got really excited. I like the zombie genre and love the post apocalyptic genre. The Stand is one of my favorite books of all time. I saw this being compared to that and thought it seemed clever - a "pulse" that emitted from cell phones, causing the users to become zombie-like, aggressive creatures with a taste for blood.

But it wasn't like that. At all. It was nothing like The Stand, which had characters that I could relate to,
Once again, Stephen King tries and succeeds towards a story that sends shivers down your spine. Though I'm not a big fan of zombie stories, and I really am picky when it comes to plot and pacing in a living-dead situation, "Cell" managed to fulfill all my needs and desires. It's a fast paced book, in which you have a main character of a certain type, you have the usual dilemma, when the man has to go after his family, and of course a very powerful ending.

In our world, cellphones are an indispen
Evan Peterson

I really identified with the character of Clay, from his artistic origins to his driving need to find and save his son, the character really spoke to me. And he wasn't an asshat or a tool, which is refreshing; he was just stupid in the typical horror movie ways.

The character of Tom was great too. I think he might be the first gay character King has written that he hasn't killed off after making a caricature of him and/or turning him into a villain or asshole. He too was refreshing.

King has this
Dec 26, 2008 Calamity rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Zombie lovers and Cellphone addicts
Shelves: horror
This books talks about a phenomenon called The Pulse that turns everyone that uses a cell phone into raving murderous maniacs that talk latin and have psionic superpowers .
Then there's those who don't have a cell phone and therefore need to fight (like hell) to survive.

I actually liked the book.
The orignal idea was good and the characters were enganging. I think I liked them all and that happens rarely to me. Also although it was 470 pages long it was action packed and gorey enough to keep me i
Marts  (Thinker)
May 15, 2012 Marts (Thinker) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Stephen King Fans
Now I'll be really careful when using my cell phone... this is as hilarious as it is exciting, sad, and every other damn emotion or whatever your mind could conjure...

join Clay Riddell, Tom, Alice and other 'normies' as they attempt to escape the 'phoners', those affected by 'The Pulse', some strange signal sent out over the cell phone network. Will they escape the chaotic chain of events that follow? The tales' format pretty much reminded me of King's tale "The Mist", at the end you kinda had t
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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“At bottom, you see, we are not Homo sapiens as all. Our core is madness. The prime directive is murder. What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle. And that is what the Pulse exposed five days ago.” 88 likes
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