I have not read a Stephen King book since Insomnia...
...because I was so disappointed in that book. So, it's been 12 or 13 years since I've even picked up a Stephen King book. I thought it was time to try again.
So, what was the verdict?
Enjoyable read. At times, I could not put it down.
One cannot help but to compare Cell to The Stand. It would be unfair to say that Cell is a mini-Stand. The over-arching themes of good vs. evil are not present. The character development is, by comparison, non-existent. Cell is not as good, but not as much of a time investment, either.
The plotline is rather straightforward - a "pulse" goes through every active cell phone in the world at the same time that pretty much fries the brain of the user and turns them in all into super-enraged zombie-like creatures that attack everyone that was not affected by the pulse. They are not zombies as in they are undead, but rather they function at that level. King tells us the story of some of the survivors.
So - to sum it all up. Cell is good, not as good as King at his best, but definitely worth a look.
I give it 4 stars out of 5. It can be found on Amazon.com here: Cell by Stephen King.
Reviewed on February 8, 2006.