CELL – Is Your Number Up?

Cell by Stephen KingIn a world where our lives are controlled by modern technology Stephen King brings a tale of terrorism that will make all the technophobic, mobile (cell) phone users proud that they have never touched one.

Cell” is the story of a pulse that goes through the mobile phone network, resetting the brains of any humans who use one to it’s base coding. The whole book is based on the premise that the human brain is really just one big computer. Which of course it kind of is.

It’s confronting at times, and makes you think, “What would I do in the same situation?”. Not that its something I would have to worry about. If the pulse came, I would be one of the majority that would answer the call, because I do carry a mobile phone.

What appears on the surface as yet another Zombie book, which Stephen King hasn’t done before that I can remember, turns out to be a telling of the human need to survive.

From the perspective of a long time Stephen King reader, the most notable missing component is the character build. I’ve always found in the past that King will lead with some action, dip into character building and get back into the action. By doing so we build a bond and care for the characters that Stephen King puts thought their paces facing peril and, on occasion, certain death.

A great read.


  1. Cool, I shall have to go buy it. I found out this morning that I’d missed going to see Stephen King live, because a certain friend *glare* forgot to call me.


    Oh well, guess I’ll have to wait and see.

    Another book to buy, and to think I left most of my books in storage when I left, and I’ve actually managed to replace a large majority of them already…

    I need shelves!

  2. Loved this book.

    But then again, I’m not only a Stephen King admirer but also a zombie fanboy.

    Great take on the undead scenario – interestingly fresh considering the genre has been done ad naseum and infinitum.

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