Review: Cell by Stephen King

Author: Stephen King
Title: Cell
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Scribner
Publishing Date: January 24, 2006
Pages: 351
Source: Borrowed at the library

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There is 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, an artist from Maine, is almost bouncing up Boylston Street in Boston. He’s just landed a comic book deal that might finally enable him to support his family by making art instead of teaching it. He’s already picked up a small (but expensive!) gift for his long-suffering wife, and he knows just what he will get for his boy Johnny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay is feeling good about the future.

That changes in a hurry. The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone’s cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization’s darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature…and then begins to evolve.

There is really no escaping this nightmare. But for Clay, an arrow points home to Maine, and as he and his fellow refugees make their harrowing journey north they begin to see crude signs confirming their direction. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat… (source: Goodreads)


This is the fourth King novel I’ve read, after reading Joyland, On Writing and Carrie. I must say I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I did the others, unfortunately. This doesn’t mean Cell is an awful book, on the contrary.

The main focus of this story is on the fact that people use their cellphones so much they get totally brainwashed by it, literally. When The Pulse starts, everyone who happens to be making a call through a cellphone becomes a ‘phone crazy’. They turn into what we would see as your usual zombies. The only difference with common zombie stories is that these zombies are telepathic and they seem to be rebooting through music.

I’m not that big of a fan of zombie stories. Maybe that’s why I didn’t like this novel as much as I liked the other King novels. I did like the characters and the way King built the world around the whole zombie apocalypse though. Especially the character of Alice, a fifteen-year-old who lost her mother and father in The Pulse, appealed to me. I think King is a master at describing teenage characters who are slightly more mature than they appear to be, just like he did in Carrie.

I think this is the most gruesome King novel I’ve read until this moment (*knock on wood* I’m not sure what’s more to come). Especially the first hundred pages, where he describes how The Pulse kicks in and how people are turned into ‘phone crazies’ features some heavy and awful descriptions of flying flesh, ripped throats and teared off limbs. I know a zombie story should have those things, but I could have done without those descriptions if you asked me. ;)

If you have reviewed this book, please leave a link to the review in the comments and I will add your review to this post. All I ask of you is to do the same with mine. This way we can share our thoughts and let other people and ourselves enjoy new perspectives on the things we’re reading. Thanks!


Top Ten Tuesday: bookish wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely girls from The Broke and the Bookish. This week is all about the bookish things on your wishlist. What would you buy if you had all the money in the world? No, you can’t keep on filling your bookshelves. You have to buy things that are no books. So, what will it be?

Are you familiar with The Literary Gift Company? If I had a million dollars (or euro’s in my case) I would totally buy everything in this webshop. Everything you see in the image beneath is available there, so hurry and go fill your virtual shopping cart. ;)

Showcase: nightcircus

Showcase Sunday is hosted by the Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea and is about showing the books you received, bought and borrowed in the previous week.

The Night Circus

This week I only borrowed one book at the library, because I’m leaving for Budapest (Hungary) tomorrow. This means I’ll probably have an awesome week, but there will be not that much time for reading. Okay okay, I’ll take one book with me. ;) Anyways: I borrowed The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I heared a lot about this one last year and I came across it in the library, so that’s why.

Hope you’ll all have a great week. Though I will not be in my hometown I’ve scheduled some posts for you to read, so you should still keep on visiting the blog. :)


King’s March Wrap-Up

We’re already through with March and we’ve posted the last link-up last week, which means this is the last post for King’s March: the wrap-up of a Stephen King event hosted by Rory from Fourth Street Review and myself. Today I’m going to list the King posts written last week by participants in this event and I’m going to announce the winner of the King’s March giveaway!

  • Helen from My Novel Opinion wrote a wrap-up of her King readings last month, which include three novellas in the Different Seasons collection. This collection sounds amazing.
  • The writer of Acid Free Pulp posted something on the link between Hill and King’s Throttle and Matheson’s Duel.
  • Angela from Angela’s Anxious Life posted a review of the pop-up book of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King.

So this was it for King’s March! I enjoyed hosting this event with Rory, although I had planned on reading more King. Maybe next year? ;) I hope you enjoyed participating and reading all the King posts of other participants.

As for the winner of the giveaway. There were 31 King’s March posts in total (mine and Rory’s posts not included) and I picked a winner from those posts through This means that you had just as many chances to win as posts you shared in the link-ups. So if you shared three posts, you had three chances out of 31 to win the giveaway.

The winner of the fabulous giveaway at Wensend is Leah from Books Speak Volumes. Congratulations Leah! You get to choose a Stephen King book you’d like at The Book Depository up to €10/$14.