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Book Review – Cell by Stephen King


The concept of this book is brilliant, the execution not so unfortunately. However in saying that, I found it a good book to read as is most of King’s works.

The story surrounds the end of the world as we know it due to our obsession with the mobile phone (Who? Me?) and the carnage that takes place after “the Pulse”. But amongst it all are ‘survivors’, those that couldn’t use or didn’t own a cell phone, and it plots a group who band together in the quest to avoid (and destroy) the ‘phoners’ as well as search for their loved ones in case they ‘survived’ also.

The ‘end of the world’ occurs within the first three pages, so you’re immediately into it, and in true King style, there is no holding back on graphic narrative. And for most of the book you are held in suspense as the ‘survivors’ make their way from place to place. And when the ‘phoners’ start evolving, things take an eerie turn, but then it was pushed a little too far in my mind – believing a classic muscle car can rebuild itself after crashing, or pets coming back to life after being buried in an ancient Indian burial ground just seemed more believable than what the ‘phoners’ could do…but don’t let that influence you at all, it is a good story.

PS…damned his way of ending! Left me hanging…

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