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. ;)
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