Cell - Stephen King


By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2006-01-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 328 Ratings)


From international bestseller Stephen King, a high-concept, ingenious and terrifying story about the mayhem unleashed when a pulse from a mysterious source transforms all cell phone users into homicidal maniacs.

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 Johnny. 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. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat...

There are 193 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.


  • Make a movie of this

    By indo408
    Read the hard copy a few years back. Couldn't put it down. This I think would make for a interesting movie adaptation.
  • If I read extra fast....

    By SmellyFart
    Then it was a good book; I read extra fast.
  • Classic King

    By Aerokat25
    If you love Kings books like Gerald's Game or Under the Dome -- then you must read The Cell.
  • Fantastic!

    By Bethapd636
    I have been a lover of King's work for many years and also a lover of the zombie genre. This is a fabulous mix of the two and I could not have been happier. A fabulous read that I did not want to put down.
  • Wow..

    By HorseBoat69
    Not much I can say other than this is worth the time and money to read this. It is so intense and kept me glued to my seat. Totally re-reading
  • Another great book!

    By Belmacks
    As always, SK manages to create a world where a seemingly impossible set of circumstances becomes all too plausible for comfort. M
  • Great read...

    By Brite1234
    Very disappointed with the end!
  • Cell

    By Robinmvv
    Great book until the end!!! Completely leaves you hanging & that ruins the entire book for me!!!!!!
  • Chillingly awesome

    By tragicdog
    Perfect Stephen King. A must read for any fan
  • Cell

    By Voldemort's servent
    Who better to write a zombie novel than Stephen King. From the opening pages when a peaceful city turns into a hellish mess. Engaging, I couldn't put it down. Now come on filmmakers, what are you waiting for for this one?