Publication Date:January 24, 2006
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: KASHWAK=NO-FO. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat…
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.
This was my second reading of this book and I chose an audio version this time and I enjoyed the story even more. Campbell Scott, the narrator did a remarkable job with the voices of the different characters and all of their emotions throughout the story. (a narrator can make or break an audiobook-I know because I have had to return more than one because of a monotone, lack luster narrator)
The hard cover was published in 2006 and the importance and multitude of cell phones, smart phones,etc. have only increased. The premise seems very doable to me but thank our stars it’s not because our life on this planet would never be the same.
I didn’t know when I started my re-read that the book was being made into a movie to be released early next year starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson and others. I can’t wait.
Whether or not you’re a fan of Stephen King this is a superb read that is fast-paced, action packed and thought provoking.