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4.0 out of 5 stars
An interesting concept, 10 Jun. 2007
I'm not normally a big Stepehn King fan, with the exception of his Dark Tower series, which personally i find differs so much from his other work that it might as well be a differant author. I found that this is more like his dark tower work than his 'horror' novels. In so much i find it is not particularly scary but more about the characters within the story.
I found the concept of the novel very interesting - An electronic pulse is sent through all mobile or cell phones causing the people who use them to change, initally becoming very agressive and eventally 'zombie like'.
'The phone people' as the ones who have been changed by the pulse are refered to in the book by the 'normies' have telekinetic and psychic powers and begin to essentially try to take over the world by herding the normies to a particular place and to get the pulse to change them.
The story's protagonist is a man called Clayton Riddell who is deperatly trying to get back home to his enstranged wife and his son, and to stop his son using his cell/mobile phone.
The book plays on the human fear of being knocked off the top of the food chain and losing our freedom and free will.
The ending is rather abrupt and leaves the reader hanging as to what happens. It is as though he is leaving the way clear for a "Cell 2" but i don't think there is sufficent material to sustain a sequal.
I enjoyed the book as a quick read. It only took me a few hours to finish - but i am a faster reader than most. I think if you read it over a couple of days or even weeks you could easily lose interest.