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October 20, 2010

Cell

by Stephen King

An original and clever idea from a writer who I only recently “discovered”, I was hooked from the start. A signal, or virus, known as The Pulse is sent through mobile phones, infecting the majority of the population, scrambling their brains and sending civilization into chaos. Clayton Riddell has to find his son before he, too, becomes infected.

Clay hooks up with another guy and a young girl and together they start out on a journey to find Clay’s son before he is turned into a zombie. Though the story is a mixture of sci-fi and horror, King somehow manages to portray events realistically. The story moves along with a good, flowing pace.

However, as much as I enjoyed reading the book, I did feel cheated by the ending. I even found myself looking for a “missing” couple of pages. I guess you either like it or you don’t. If you are new to Stephen King, I would suggest perhaps starting with something else, like Different Seasons or Misery, which are, in my opinion, more tightly written and with much more satisfying conclusions.

James’ out-of-five star rating: ** (let down by the ending)

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