BOOK REVIEW: CELL BY STEPHEN KING

cell book cover.jpgAn amazing take on a zombie apocalypse, King did an awesome job in portraying not only the societal issues of technology but also the capability of human nature.

This is a story that takes place in a year where mobile phones are not as prevalent as it is today, but most of the population still has one. What makes this disturbing is the use of cellular devices to transform humanity into insane creatures that resembles that of a zombie. The uniqueness of the zombie lies solely on their capability to do stuffs that no ordinary zombies can do (which I do not want to discuss further since it might spoil readers).

Additionally, it took a huge whipping in the idea that the human race is too caught up in its technological advances leaving us ignorant in the damage it can do to harm us.

It is a book full of theoretical possibilities that will absolutely play with the readers’ mind. There are plenty of plausible causes that might have initiated the outbreak and it is very intriguing especially with the ideas the characters share.

Moreover, discussing about the characters is what I am really excited about. Despite being a relatively short story, the characters of this book are so full of life and depth to them. Maybe it is because of the purpose they have in surviving the Pulse that makes them so interesting. Also, the great thing about them is although they are so different from one another, they compliment each other really well. That is something I personally look into when reading a book with multiple characters in it.

In line with that is the story’s purpose. The very surface of the story is its main protagonist with the side-characters being a strong pillar that supported that foundation. I think the morality of each character really gave an interesting point to the story’s underlying zombie plot. Although it could have been better, I think it is still good. Especially since the characters are well-made.

Last and most importantly (for me, atleast), the ending. Let me be blunt, the ending didn’t cut it for me. I hated it simply because it could have been so much better. The story in which the ending follows is rather vague in its own standpoint, and adding that to the ending itself — it is ridiculously disappointing.

Overall, I find this book really intriguing and interesting despite all the flaws that I found in it. King did not disappoint with his writing. As per usual, there were times where the pacing of the book is rather slow and boring but for the most part, every continuity is great and impressive. I highly recommend reading it.

RATING

3 skulls

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SKStephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father’s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen’s grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.

Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.

He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men’s magazines.

Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men’s magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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