A Goodreads user asked:
Was anyone else extremely disappointed that the reason for the cell phone call was never explained? I was actually angry at the end...
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 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.
Harrison Gourlay YES! I kept waiting for that to be explained.....it was like when my dad said he was getting milk. That was 12 years ago.
Jeffrey De Guzman Felt the same when i finished the book, but i got over it and really appreciated the cliff hanger ending and i think clay's son rebooted back to normal
Melody Kemble Yes, I was ok with the ending on how it ended but not explaining how the cells became glitched to begin with.
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[Yes, but there were a lot of things left unexplained. I couldn't believe that was the ending! Then again, this is my first experience with Stephen King, so maybe that's his style? I also found it interesting to be in the shoes of the characters information-wise. However, I had the feeling as they were being prodded towards the end that they had some kind of larger part in what was going on. None of that came to a head, which leaves a lot to the imagination. (hide spoiler)]
Steven Morton I liked the cliffhanger ending to the book and like someone else said here I felt I was part of what Clay and the rest of the characters were going thru since I did not know how this whole thing happened and just trying to survive.
Xiamera I actually thought since my copy was old that it was missing a page, until I encountered this book brand new and realised it really was a total BS ending.
Dawnie Right? How can he write a book of that length and then not explain the reason behind the entire story? Good to know that i was not the only one that could not find the reason for it! I thought i might have overlooked it or something like that. I also did not really like the ending itself. I kept thinking I missed something.
Leah It's been awhile since I've read this book. My question is, do you mean why it started...like why the cells started doing the thing that flipped everyobes switch? I do remember that it was explained how it happened, how the cells were triggered to "reboot" the brain so to say. Or is it a different call your talking about, that I can't remember. I am going to reread this.
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[I was a bit disappointed in the ending. There was a moment of "WTF" but, then I remembered, "Hey this is King for you" It is probably not something I will read again. But the journey and the relationships developed and taken away were very moving. Also, a father's absolute and never ending need and quest to find his son was very moving. So, other than the ending and no closure I liked it. (hide spoiler)]