Cell is the story of Clayton Riddell, and his merry band of New England Survivors after what is called the 'Pulse', a mind altering event which turns everyone who talks on cell phones into homicidal maniacs. It starts out like a Romero-esque "hide-from-the-zombies" affair, which is really quite good. Then it begins to transform as the phone-crazies start to turn into something far more ominous.
Things I liked:
- Well thought out mechanism for creating the crisis. In one stroke, King makes me terrified to use my cell phone.
- While graphic, King conveys the terror and insanity of the situation without bogging himself in detail, something many Zombie raconteurs seem to fall to.
- King finally seems to have straightened out how guns work, at least a little bit. In previous tales, I was always astonished how someone who had guns in so many of his stories could know so little about how they functioned. Far fewer continuity errors in this regard than, say, the Dark Tower series.
- While you want to mentaly file this under "Zombie" it just does not fit the mold. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but frustrating to me for some reason. The best, most interesting part of the book is at the beginning, before the phone-crazies really get going on their transformation.
- Shorter than most King books. I estimate this only took me 9 hours to read.
- No resolution. The end of the book is not the end of the story. Much of the threat is neutralized, but the characters are in a sort of 'out-of-plot' Limbo.