This book had me terrified to make a call using my cell phone. The book pulls you in immediately. Everything in a moment – a second of a normal day – changed. Clay, the main character, watched in horror as everyone around him turned into something more primal. They lost all human thought and reasoning, and he was trapped in the mayhem miles away from his family – his son.
In CELL, Stephen King takes you on the arduous journey of making his way through the “phoners” to get back to his son. While his son may have been lost to the same incident, he wasn’t about to leave his son on his own if he managed to stay normal. The journey is long, and with the help of a few other normals he finds on the way, they try to rid the world of these atrocities of beings while fighting to stay alive and keep their sanity.
The way Stephen King weaved this story where humans are suddenly corrupted by a program, much like computers can be, kept me at the edge of my seat, wondering if really, we, too, are nothing more than programmable beings.
While on his journey, Clay and his two followers ran into an older man and a young boy. An old professor and a student who were able to teach Clay all that they had discovered about these strange beings since the Pulse happened and cell phones cleared most of the populations minds. The professor said one thing that stuck with me through the entire book…
“Our core is madness. The prime directive is murder. What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle. And that is what the Pulse exposed five days ago.”
While not one of Stephen King’s more frightening reads, I still found the story to be amazingly written and well-spun. I connected to each of the characters: Clay, Tom, Alice, Jordan, the Professor, Denise, Ray, and Dan. I could feel their hopelessness and fear, and their will to save what was left of the human race. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a taste of what the end of the world might become.