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Cell: A Novel


by Stephen King
Great Apocalyptic Yarn


Wow, this was a great story. The last King novel I read was “From a Buick 8” and it was pretty dreadful. This novel would impress even if the bar hadn’t been lowered. The author really has the timing down and one surprise leads to another. Just when you think you can guess what will happen next, the story jumps its tracks and heads in a different direction.

Don’t give up reading early as the beginning isn’t very polished. For one thing, King uses the same poetic image twice in a row and then actually has a character describe this image to another character. Since Hemingway faults with the same sloppiness in “Across The River and Into The Trees,” King is in good company. Like a voyager getting his sea legs, King soon finds his balance and tells a great apocalyptic yarn.

Before I began reading, I’d skimmed some reviews and already knew Cell didn’t have much of a conclusion. However, the loose ends at the finish seemed like a setup for a future sequel or series. I hope that is the case as I would like to follow the continuing battle between the “normies” and the “phonies.”