There's 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'll get for his boy Johny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay's 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's 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: KASHWAK=NO-FO. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat...Pocket Star - Dec 2006 - 1st Printing
Your Number is Up!
Where were you on October 1st at 3:03 P.M.?
Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.
And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone...
There are one hundred and ninety-three million cell phones in the United States alone. Who doesn\'t have one? Stephen King\'s utterly gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn\'t just ask the question \"Can you hear me now?\" It answers it with a vengeance.Pocket Star - Dec 2006 - 1st Printing
#1 New York Times Bestseller
"It's [King's] manic creative energy, [his] crazy headlong non-stop verve, that make Cell a marvel... With his exquisite and unerring knack for just what it takes to keep readers sublimely hooked... you realize you're utterly at the mercy of a master storyteller. Cell includes some of King's most beautiful writing and affecting characterizations." —Chicago Tribune
"Whether you are a Luddite or a mannerless cretin who can't leave home without a headset and a phone charger, King wants you to know he has your number." —USA Today
"Stephen King unfurls a modern apocalypse in a voice that is as fresh as it is frightening. Cell [is] the most upsetting and vital novel I've read since Philip Roth's The Plot Against America... The horror in Cell works on a deeper, more frightening level than as a metaphor for the untenable choices we face when responding to a violent threat... In refusing to reduce experience to sloganeering, King is doing the sort of hard—both difficult and tough-minded—moral thinking that... only a few of our political writers and artists have attempted, let alone achieved... [An] engrossing and terrifying story." —Daily News (New York)
"If any writer is capable of producing the Great American Zombie Novel, it would have to be Stephen King... Cell is hard to put down once you've picked it up. Ther is no shortage of harrowing scenes... A solid, entertaining read." —The Washington Post
"Vintage King... Anyone familiar with previous King work will find parallels between Cell and The Stand... King has no peers when it comes to wry cultural commentary, and Cell is loaded with it... King remains the master of taking the mundane and turning it into something viscerally jarring." —Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
"Remember how The Birds made starlings on a phone line seem menacing, as Psycho did for shower curtains? Cell will make any bustling street feel like a horror movie about to happen... Classic King." —Charlotte Observer (NC)
"Cell begins with a big, graphic jolt... King contemplat[es] the essential darkness of human depravity... A Hieronymous Bosch tableau of hellish depravity... A traditional King narrative studded with alarming signs of the times." —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"A simple yet terrifying supposition... a nightmare landscape made more horrible by its proximity to the world we know." —Los Angeles Times
"One fast ride on a scary roller coaster... What Peter Benchley did for sharks, Stephen King might do for cell phones." —The Columbus Dispatch (OH)
"King unfurls [a] modern apocalypse in a voice as fresh as it is frightening... The doses of horror are meted out in newly chilling measures." —Daily News (New York)
"King's tales are so cinematically told that they vividly appear on the screen in your mind as you read... Revenge, at the hands of the mythmaker from Maine, might not always be swift, but it surely is gloriously gory." —The Houston Chronicle
"[A] funny-shocking thriller... An inspired, sarcastic tour de force." —The Dallas Morning News
"A nerve-racking, genuinely unsettling thriller, Cell is proof positive that King has tapped into yet another creative wellspring... With its disturbingly accurate atmosphere of dread, its underlying sarcasm, and its finely rendered scenes of horrific violence and human compassion, Cell truly captures the tenor of fear and paranoia that has pervaded the beginning of the 21st century." —The Denver Post