Cell by Stephen King


Witness Stephen King's triumphant, blood-spattered return to the genre that made him famous. Cell, the king of horror's homage to zombie films (the book is dedicated in part to George A. Romero) is his goriest, most horrific novel in years, not to mention the most intensely paced. Casting aside his love of elaborate character and town histories and penchant for delayed gratification, King yanks readers off their feet within the first few pages; d...

Details Cell

Release DateNov 21st, 2006
PublisherPocket Star
GenreHorror, Fiction, Zombies, Thriller, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Suspense, Dystopia

Reviews Cell

  • Leah Williams
    Literary critics can moan all they want about Stephen King's "penny dreadful" oeuvre, but his mastery at the craft of storytelling is indisputable. King writes his novels like a seduction, the story unfolding delicately and deliberately. As any Stephen King fan knows, his coy expository chapters often take up the first hundred pages or more. In Cell, however, the reader is brutally dragged into the main action--unspeakable, senseless violence--wi...
  • Carol
    3.5 Stars.....Ok, I do believe I'm with the 'don't like the ending' readers on this one, but oh what a beginning!Clay is happy........he just sold his first graphic novel and can't wait to share the news with his estranged (but loved) wife and 12 year old son; and as it turns out, luckily, does not own a CELL phone. While deciding to celebrate with an ice cream, all hell breaks loose on the streets of Boston, and afterward, crazies are everywhere...
  • Chris
    I don’t know where to start. I don’t know what to say. I own about 30 Stephen King books, I believe I have read them all. Strange enough, it seems like just as I started getting into the King of Horror, his talent began to dwindle. I think it was when I was in sixth grade that I started digging him and becoming a fan, and at about that same time he began to put out books that pretty much anyone with a brain will concede are not nearly the cle...
  • Edward Lorn
    Five stars for the first half. One star for the last 200 pages, wherein King drags his ass like a dog infested with roundworms. Cell is a five-star read all the way up to the halfway mark. You got crazies running around, nom nom nomming on tender bits, and a likable crew of misfits trying to stay alive. Underneath it all, King is stoking the fires of 9/11, trying to keep the fear alive a full five years after the towers fell in a half-ass attempt...
  • Kostas Papadatos
    Ωραίο βιβλίο με συνεχή δράση, όχι όμως από τα καλύτερά του.Το σίγουρο είναι πως με προβλημάτισε. Κλείνοντας το, αναρωτήθηκα.Αν όντως υπήρχε μια κοινωνία στην οποία κάθε κλήση από κινητό μετέτρεπε τον αποδέκτη σε ζόμπι, τότε τραγούδια όπως «Αναπάν...
  • Stefan Yates
    For some reason, I had seen quite a few bad reviews on Cell before I read it. Not one to usually dislike a King novel, I did go into this one without the highest of expectations and ended up being very pleasantly surprised.The story centers around a mass event that turns anyone who happens to be on their cell phone at the time into a zombie. Mass chaos ensues and a small group of survivors bands together and tries to figure out what is going on a...
  • Paul
    I suddenly realised half way through this book that it is really a zombie novel. After a shower I felt better and rationalised that this was occupying my "wouldn't normally read this" slot in my book consumption; sigh of relief. I must admit that I did enjoy some of King's early novels, but this was so far fetched and ridiculous (Am I really saying "It" wasn't?). The plot is simple. Somehow, someone sends a pulse through the mobile phone system w...
  • seak
    Stephen King does zombies! Well...kind of. We'll get to that in a bit.But first, here's how I think this book came about:Way back in aught-6 (2006), or just before because Cell was published in '06, but who knows with King, am I right? But anyway, we've come a long way since that time. Everyone was getting cell phones and they were just about getting to every last person around. I imagine him having this conversation with, let's say, his son, Joe...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    "What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle."Cell is an apocalyptic tale about mobile phones that wipe the user's brain, getting rid of any humanity and leaving behind only aggressive and destructive impulses. The story focuses on the main character, Clay, who is on a...
  • Gorgona Grim
    Odličan početak priče, radnja sasvim zadovoljavajuća iako se javlja osećaj već viđenog i onda bezvezan završetak. Jednog sasvim običnog dana dobar deo ljudi je, na prvi pogled ničim izazvano, potpuno podivljao. Momentalno počinje borba za preživljavanje - određen broj ljudi koji deluje kao da je izgubio razum bez problema napada svoje prijatelje, članove porodice pa i kućne ljubimce i hladnokrvno ih ubijaju na najbrutalnije načine...
  • Cyndi
    I love Stephen King but his stories always give me nightmares. This one is no different. On a beautiful autumn morning everyone on a cell phone is simultaneously hit with a message that scrambles their brains and turns them into zombies. From there the story gets progressively scarier and weirder. Really good story and I have another reason to not talk on a cell. (Texting only)
  • Stepheny
    Yay! Another successful King re-read! I read Cell when it first came out and I loved it. I’ve wanted to do a reread since hearing the whispers about the movie production. All I needed to hear was John Cusack and I knew it would be gold. I mean, seriously. The guy has to be one of the most underrated actors ever.Then came the announcement of Samuel L. Jackson joining the cast and I removed any doubt from my mind. SOLD.Clay Riddell has just sold ...
  • Paul
    I would give this one 31/2 stars. I've read better and worse by King. Not very scary, interesting idea and take on a kind of Zombie like Apocalypse. Great book to read while waiting for a plane. ;-)
  • Pantelis Andreou
    that was one hell of a ride!!!Great apocalyptic thriller! It has very chilling moments and intense too! there are also some sad moments especially during the end! That ending... had me with an open mouth.. i could not believe it was over... i think it leaves your imagination and curiosity on air, on what will happen later!I first saw many negative reviews about the book wich i honestly don't know why they exist.. okay it's not perfect but it's no...
  • Carmine
    Zombie sotto carica Inqualificabile romanzo che anela al ribaltamento di alcuni cliché horror ben radicati - le figure di riferimento sono Matheson e Romero -, ma che crolla in maniera ingiustificata a causa di una narrazione più fiacca del sottoscritto dopo il test di Cooper; non che l'accrocco di turbotrashate poi sia meglio: zombie che si ricaricano con la musica durante la notte; poteri telepatici a ridisegnare la realtà; vaghezza sull'imp...
    My overall feelings on this book? Meh... but in a good way. I'm a huge Stephen King fan, but I think I'm going to start defining my adoration for him by a certain era. I find I love his earlier stuff, but don't particularly love (or sometimes even like) his later stuff. 'Cell' is a good example of how a former master of horror has now become a much more average author. Now, this is not a bad novel. It varies from alright to good, rarely achieving...
  • ♠ Eze ♠
    De los mejores libros de King. Me recordo a The Stand, pero claro, esta es una version mas ligera.El apocalipsis golpea en forma de señal telefonica. Zombies vivos persiguen a los no conversos.Que les deparara a los cuerdos, quienes deben luchar para sobrevivir.Creyeron que iban a encontrar un spoiler? Pues no.Si quieren saber algo, lean el libro!(No lo juzguen severamente por las primeras paginas. Al parecer ni el propio autor sabia que camino ...
  • Stylo Fantome
    I am actually not the biggest Stephen King fan. I went through a kick where some of my favorite old-ish movies, I was going back and reading the books they had been made from - Jaws, The Exorcist, Silence of the Lambs. So of course, I wound up hunting down quite a few Stephen King books.I kept seeing this book on the shelf at the library, and the blurb intrigued me, so finally I checked it out and read it.I really, really liked it! I am a fan of ...
  • Wayne Barrett
    4.5Once again Mr. King shows why he is a master. I wouldn't rank this one among his best, but that is because he has done so many masterpieces that it is hard to compete. But I still thought this was a great book. King used some basic concepts; cell phone usage, zombies, and yet he presented a tale that was unique and creative. This one was short compared to his average novels and because of his entertaining, free-flowing script, this was another...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    So this is a King re read for me. I reviewed it the first time at 4 stars and I'm deciding now, upon reading it again, to dock a star.Let's start with Clay, I like Clay as a protagonist but he's not one of King's more memorable main characters. If we were to rank him, he'd probably fall somewhere towards the middle. Kind of forgettable. I actually thought Tom would be a better main character; he had better lines.The first part of this book kicks ...
  • Mia Nauca
    Un libro de King que la verdad casi no termino. La primera parte es excelente, ágil, cautivante, cruda: lo cual es de esperarse de mi autor favorito y, pensé que este libro me iba a encantar porque es uno de mis géneros favoritos en el mundo: post apocalíptico.Pero, sinceramente, las últimas 200 hojas fueron confusas, difíciles de seguir, lentas y simplemente quería acabar el libro de una vez...No me conecté tanto como normalmente hago co...
  • Marie
    This was a classic Stephen King novel! Roller coaster ride of thrills, twists, and turns! I read the first half of the book in one night as I could not put it down. Last night I finished the other half. The book is about cell phones that get hit with a pulse phenomenon that practically turns the human race into zombies. It was a different kind of zombie experience. You have a rag-tag of survivors that are trying to get out of the city and they me...
  • Chris
    You know, I'm pretty sure he said he was retiring a few years ago. Not that I'm complaining, mind you - this was a fun read. I just figure we should never trust a writer when they say they're done. This is like crack to them, I suppose.With this book, King is back to my favorite story type of his - world-spanning apocalypse. Ain't nothing better than the end of the world, in my judgment, and The Stand is still one of my favorite King books.In thi...
  • Heena Rathore P.
    It’s the best book I’ve read after A Song Of Ice And Fire! The characterization and the narration is incredibly amazing. It catches the reader’s interest from the first line to the very last word. Yes!The story starts minutes before The Pulse occurred and takes us through the entire scenario in perfect detail. You’ll get a feeling that you are right next to the lead, Clayton Riddell and are experiencing each and everything. The craziers o...
  • Franco Santos
    No me gustó este libro de King. La idea desde el primer momento me pareció ridícula, y no me equivoqué. Y no solo es ridícula, sino que tiene un final bastante insatisfactorio. Además, como dato de color: jamás me han gustado los zombis.
  • Thomas Strömquist
    Vintage King, feels like "The Stand light version". OK book, recommended as a quick read and/or for the nostalgia...
  • Steve
    There have been many who have compared Stephen King's Cell with his earlier Apocalypse-Now effort, The Stand. And there are some good reasons, End-of-the-World setting, the survivors polarized into two camps, one camp, arguably no longer even human, a big bang ending in an arena like setting, etc. But there are differences as well. When King wrote The Stand, it seemed to mark a moment in that writer's life where he was becoming overt in things re...
  • Fabián Tapia
    Esta última lectura de King era una de las más esperadas; llevaba no sé cuántos años queriendo leerlo y no la encontraba por ninguna parte, así que agradezco muchísimo a la editorial por habérmelo enviado. En primer lugar, quiero puntualizar los puntos malos de este libro, que, aunque no son demasiados, le restaron mucho a mi experiencia y dejaron mis expectativas por los suelos. Pero no se alarmen, también tiene puntos muy positivos. ...
  • Rade
    A small group of survivors of the so call "The Pulse" event , which happened during our obsession with cellphones, comes together and goes from place to place, searching for a safe heaven and a word about their loved ones who turned into zombie-like drones commonly refereed to as "phone-crazies" in this book. That's the basic premise of King's spin on the otherwise beaten to death and left to die idea of zombie infestation. The story was fun (alt...