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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,
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ebook, 384 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Scribner
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Alexander Marinov Actually I find it interesting. Usually the reader knows the whole background of the story. Or, at least, he knows much more than the characters in…moreActually I find it interesting. Usually the reader knows the whole background of the story. Or, at least, he knows much more than the characters in the book. In "Cell" the reader knows as little as the characters - pretty much nothing. I was feeling like a member of the company, not knowing what the big picture is, how strong the enemy actually is. (less)
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Samantha I thought the ending was a huge cop out to be honest.
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Leah Heard
Jul 01, 2007 Leah Heard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol
3.5 Stars.....Ok, I do believe I'm with the 'don't like the ending' readers on this one, but oh what a beginning!

Clay is happy........he just sold his first graphic novel and can't wait to share the news with his estranged (but loved) wife and 12 year old son; and as it turns out, luckily, does not own a CELL phone. While deciding to celebrate with an ice cream, all hell breaks loose on the streets of Boston, and afterward, crazies are everywhere, thousands of them, and travel by night (to get h

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Chris
Jan 02, 2008 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Edward Lorn
Apr 26, 2013 Edward Lorn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Paul
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
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seak
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
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Stefan Yates
Feb 02, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
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
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Johann
Dec 05, 2016 Johann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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."

Cell is an apocalyptic tale about mobile phones that wipe the user's brain, getting rid of any humanity and leaving behind only aggressive and destructive impulses. The story focuses on the main character, Clay, who is on a mission to find his estranged wife and son. Now l
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Paul
Dec 14, 2016 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this one 31/2 stars. I've read better and worse by King. Not very scary, interesting idea and take on a kind of Zombie like Apocalypse. Great book to read while waiting for a plane. ;-)
Stepheny
Mar 21, 2016 Stepheny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, rereads


Yay! Another successful King re-read!

I read Cell when it first came out and I loved it. I’ve wanted to do a reread since hearing the whispers about the movie production. All I needed to hear was John Cusack and I knew it would be gold.



I mean, seriously. The guy has to be one of the most underrated actors ever.

Then came the announcement of Samuel L. Jackson joining the cast and I removed any doubt from my mind.



SOLD.

Clay Riddell has just sold his first comic. He’s about to make a shit-load of c
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Gorgona Grim
Odličan početak priče, radnja sasvim zadovoljavajuća iako se javlja osećaj već viđenog i onda bezvezan završetak.

Jednog sasvim običnog dana dobar deo ljudi je, na prvi pogled ničim izazvano, potpuno podivljao. Momentalno počinje borba za preživljavanje - određen broj ljudi koji deluje kao da je izgubio razum bez problema napada svoje prijatelje, članove porodice pa i kućne ljubimce i hladnokrvno ih ubijaju na najbrutalnije načine. U svom ovom haosu Klejton Ridel, Tom Mekort i Alis Maksvel se pr
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Pantelis Andreou
Feb 08, 2017 Pantelis Andreou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king-family, 2017
that was one hell of a ride!!!
Great apocalyptic thriller! It has very chilling moments and intense too! there are also some sad moments especially during the end! That ending... had me with an open mouth.. i could not believe it was over... i think it leaves your imagination and curiosity on air, on what will happen later!
I first saw many negative reviews about the book wich i honestly don't know why they exist.. okay it's not perfect but it's not awful either!
the possitive aspects are:
+Great s
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PUMPKINHEAD
My overall feelings on this book? Meh... but in a good way.

I'm a huge Stephen King fan, but I think I'm going to start defining my adoration for him by a certain era. I find I love his earlier stuff, but don't particularly love (or sometimes even like) his later stuff. 'Cell' is a good example of how a former master of horror has now become a much more average author.

Now, this is not a bad novel. It varies from alright to good, rarely achieving greatness, but scoring points for story, some pac
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Heena Rathore P.
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Wayne Barrett

4.5

Once again Mr. King shows why he is a master. I wouldn't rank this one among his best, but that is because he has done so many masterpieces that it is hard to compete. But I still thought this was a great book.

King used some basic concepts; cell phone usage, zombies, and yet he presented a tale that was unique and creative. This one was short compared to his average novels and because of his entertaining, free-flowing script, this was another one of those books that was a breeze to read.

I c
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Chris
Jan 31, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocolypse
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
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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
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Steve
Mar 26, 2010 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
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
Stylo Fantome
Jun 10, 2014 Stylo Fantome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am actually not the biggest Stephen King fan. I went through a kick where some of my favorite old-ish movies, I was going back and reading the books they had been made from - Jaws, The Exorcist, Silence of the Lambs. So of course, I wound up hunting down quite a few Stephen King books.

I kept seeing this book on the shelf at the library, and the blurb intrigued me, so finally I checked it out and read it.

I really, really liked it! I am a fan of apocalypse/zombie themes, movies, whatevs, and thi
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Mia Nauca
Un libro de King que la verdad casi no termino.

La primera parte es excelente, ágil, cautivante, cruda: lo cual es de esperarse de mi autor favorito y, pensé que este libro me iba a encantar porque es uno de mis géneros favoritos en el mundo: post apocalíptico.

Pero, sinceramente, las últimas 200 hojas fueron confusas, difíciles de seguir, lentas y simplemente quería acabar el libro de una vez...

No me conecté tanto como normalmente hago con King y sus personajes y la verdad tampoco me creía lo qu
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Carmine
Jul 02, 2015 Carmine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Zombie sotto carica

Inqualificabile romanzo che anela al ribaltamento di alcuni clichè horror ben radicati - le figure di riferimento sono Matheson e Romero - , ma crolla in maniera ingiustificata a causa di un ritmo fiacco ed una narrazione che scivola pietosamente nel manierismo più becero.
Pietra tombale anche sui personaggi: insipidi, apatici e tratteggiati con una svogliatezza disarmante.
Il finale da ulcera gastrica è la ciliegina sulla torta di un'opera che King poteva tranquillamente risp
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Rade
Jan 30, 2014 Rade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
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Nolan
Jun 06, 2008 Nolan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Timothy Dalton
Jun 14, 2011 Timothy Dalton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2007 Seizure Romero rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zzzzznrk, fiction
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
Krok Zero
Oct 05, 2009 Krok Zero rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fall-2009
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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Javi
Dec 20, 2015 Javi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing. Stephen King manages to deliver a very successful depiction of the apocalypse through a very simple premise: a call to everyone's cell phone. Those who answer lose their humanity and become what you could call zombies and what ensues is a gruesome battle for those who didn't answer their phones to stay alive. And in the case of our protagonist, a desperate search for his wife and son.

This book is very violent and graphic in the description of the brutality that plagues the w
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Trin
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Reanna
Mar 22, 2016 Reanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just the dose of King that I needed after reading that clunker From a Buick 8....clunker...get it. Okay, my puns aren't always funny. A first time read for me, I couldn't read this fast enough no matter how late I stayed up at night and flew through the pages.

It's a fast paced, action packed, gory laced little gem. I actually can't wait to see this adapted into a film....it's rumored to be in the process....but only if they do it right, c'mon on with the gore! I mean don't get crazy, it's on le
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Anthony Ryan
Jun 12, 2016 Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the mysterious 'pulse' drives everyone who happened to making a cell-phone call at the time into a homicidal frenzy a small group of survivors make their way across a devastated New England. In King's masterly hands what initially seems yet another entry in the zombie apocalypse genre develops into a much more complex, interesting, and frightening tale as the apparently crazed 'phonies' start to evolve into something potentially far worse.
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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.” 106 likes
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