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2.0 out of 5 stars Letdown for the fans, 29 May 2007
This review is from: Cell (Paperback)
Okay, I'm not the biggest Steven King fan in the world, but when I do take the time, money and effort to read one of his novels the least I expect is to be scared. This book fails to deliver in that sense. Not at any point did I feel spine chilling terror, or even milder fear. For me, that means the book fails as a horror.

Onto the novel itself. It is basically an apocalyptic vision, set in the modern day, in which a virus carried on radio waves turns all mobile phone users into 'phone crazies'. The protagonist, Clay, caught in the middle of the chaos as these crazies rampage over Boston, wants desperately to find his wife and estranged son. He joins up with a number of other survivors, such as Tom and Alice, and make their way north.

They observe the phone crazies, as they evolve from blood crazed lunatics, to a telepathic flock, with some quite remarkable powers, and try to herd up the remaining 'normies'.

I feel that King is trying to make a point, albeit obscure, about reliance on modern technology, or its propensity to be detrimental to mankind. He tries to draw allusions that now the 'normies' are insane, which smacks of 'I Am Legend'. Indeed, I think he has borrowed a number of ideas from that particular, and far superior novel.

In short, there is nothing remotely scary, nor anything original in these pages. His writing style really struck me as painfully basic. I never felt any empathy with any of the characters, and as for the ending.....the standard S.K disappointment. Except in this case it doesn't turn out to be a monster, it just leaves so many questions unanswered.
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