Monday, March 27, 2006

Stephen King's Cell

Stephen King's CellI'm adding a new category to my site. Books. I like to read. I read a lot of Stephen King. His Dark Tower Series is fantastic. I absolutely loved how he tied the Dark Tower into so many of this other books. So, in this category, I'm going to include content (content is king) about books I've read.

On a recent flight back from Bellevue, Washington, I saw that King had a new book out. I don't remember if I'd heard about it prior to seeing it in the airport, but I picked up Stephen King's Cell.



Like most of Stephen King's books, I found that I start off slowly. It's probably me. I go though phases where I just LOVE to read. But when I start a new book, I think I'm cautious because I know it's going to take a good deal of my time and attention. And then, like with most of Stephen King's books, about 20 pages into it, I'm hooked.

In Cell, the day starts out with great news for Clay. He can't wait to share the news, but has to wait until he gets back to his Boston hotel (everything's in New England with SK). On his way back, "the end of the world" hits. It seems to be caused by cell phones. People around him started going crazy. And those people, it seemed, were all on the cell phones when "it" happened.

Was it terrorism? A glitch in the matrix?

The whole time I'm reading this book, I keep thinking how formulaic this book is. There are VERY familiar themes to other Stephen King books. The main character, Clay, "feels" like other main characters. Some of the things that happen ("the end of the world" = The Stand) feel familiar. But, man, about 20 pages in... I'm hooked. I can't put it down.

On the plane back, I read a few pages. Put the book down and hooked into my iPod and dozed. Woke up, watched a movie (Timeline... I liked it... LOVED the book). Talked to the very nice woman sitting next to me. Then read some more, not too much. I was only about 15 pages in.

All I wanted to do the next day was read the book. And the next day too. It's not TOO long (350 or so pages), but I knocked it out in about two days of reading.

You really get into the characters. Clay, Tom and Alice are all very likable. It's hard to say because, of the three main characters, I'm most like Clay in my place in life (though I don't have kids and my wife is not estranged), but I could see a reader easily personalizing any of the three. But Clay, Tom and Alice happen upon each other because they, for whatever reason (that day?), didn't have cell phones. You follow the Three Amigos through their experiences trying to cope with what's going on.

King hits you hard because as you're reading you realize that IF cell phones could be the catalyst for such a catastrophic event, how far reaching it would be. Consider that cell phone use is LOWER in the United States than in other countries.

As with much of Stephen King's work, this book isn't, to me, as much "Horror" as it is "Suspense". I'm never scared (well, IT scared the living crap out of me), but I'm always on the edge of my seat. I think it's because King's characters are so real. And their situtations, while not always believable, are... well... believable. It's like, "I'd feel that way if in that situation" or "I'd do that too". And his descriptions of the settings are always vivid -- like you're actually there.

There's nothing special about Cell but if you like Stephen King books, you'll like this one too. I did. I couldn't put it down.

And I'm considering giving up my cell phone. :)

So this was my first "review". I left a LOT out because if you're like me, you don't want most (any) of the book spoiled for you.

69 comments:

  1. What did you think of the end? I don't get the dates thing.

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  2. Becky,

    I'll have to go back and look. It's been so long since I read the book, I don't remember. I hope you're not giving anything away. :)

    -ME

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  3. I actually really liked the Cell; however, I did not like not knowing who created the pulse. The last line made me think that when he dialed the phone for his son, he received the pulse. There was also the earlier premonition that he would never see Tom and his friends again. In other words, I think Clay sacrificed his sanity for the chance to save his son.

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  4. I neither didn't get the end? I was ready to turn the page, in my usual page turning suspense of course, and that WAS the end. Anyone having ideas on the end of "Cell" Please share that info with me?! I'd appreciate it! Thanks!

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  5. I heard recently that the answer to the end is in the last 2 chapters. I lent my book out, so I haven't gone back to re-read it. I'd be curious if anyone else had any ideas?

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  6. I enjoyed the book. I have been in the computer industry the last 20+ years. I mention that only because I have a probable ending that Stephen King has left for us. It's the ending dates Dec-30-2004 - Oct-17-2005.

    Next time you boot up your PC press F8 (before it boots into Windows) you will see a selection screen where you can select Safe Mode but more importantly Last Known Good Configuration. This boot option is a date the PC booted with no issues or corruption in the operation system. So… at the end of the book the first date is prior to the “pulse” so his son boots back to his last know good configuration. Happy ending!

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  7. The ending of the cell has me puzzled too. Then after thinking about it, I've come to one possibility in that Clay pressed the cell phone against his sons ear, then they both go the pulse. There was no ending or story to tell after that, as the pulse was still being broadcast on 911 and Clay got a dose of what Pixie Dark got, a half blast, but enough to put him out.

    That or Stephen King got bored and coped out to meet his publishers date.

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  8. Excellent book but ending has baffled me. Tend to agree with Teck-E. Who did clay phone to get the dates.

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  9. The dates stand for when King first started writing and when he finished the book. In most if not all of his books King always puts the Begin and End Dates of his creation.

    Other than that, the dates have nothing to do with the story itself. It annoys me that we don't get to see what happens with his son or more importantly (to me), where the Pulse originates from and who had sent it.

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  10. I too, enjoyed The Cell, but the ending made me mad!! I cant stand not knowing what happened to Clay and his son. Also to Tom, Jordan, and the others and if Rafael (the cat) was ever harmed. I have come on here in search of help with the ending and the meaning of the dates at the end. I dont believe its the "safe mode" as mentioned by Tek-E because the book takes place in 24 days... the Pulse started Oct. 1 at 3:01pm. This book kept me in suspense the whole way through and I feel like I was cheated out of an ending... Happy reading to all :)

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  11. Has anyone heard of about a follow up book to The Cell?

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  12. I really loved this book :]
    yet the ending was SO infuriatingly annoyign becasue you really want to know whats happened.

    me, i think that the ending could go 1 of 2 ways, either clay's plan worked and his son got restored to his normal self, or they both went mad together. unfortunatly i think the second idea was the one king expects us to belive but you never know eh :D

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  13. The date immediately confused me too; however, after thinking about the publish date I realized too that it is just the beginning and end date of King's labor writing the book.

    I beleive King just left the rest of the story up to us to decide what happened. I wanted a happy ending because of my mood at the time and that's what I got. They found their buds too and started the world over with all the other normies who had balls to do something after all the phone crazies got the "worm". Hows that?

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  14. Love&Peace*GirlFebruary 7, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    I LOVED Cell!! As mentioned on this page, the characters were all very likable. Clay wasn't the stereotypical "You're the disease & I'm the cure" hero, but a down-to-earth average Joe. Denise may've been harsh, but she does make valid points.
    My favorite was Tom! He seems like one of the nicest guys you'd be lucky enough to meet (he reminds of a few of my guy friends, too), and I like that King made him gay. So many people are homophobic & I had a crush on a gay guy, so I'm really sensitive to homophobia. King NEVER uses stereotypes in his characters. The only thing that I didn't like about the book was that Rafael's condition is never revealed (I wish he could'a come w/ them & survived). I haven't enjoyed a Stephen King novel this much since I read "The Shining" & "Carrie." (I want to read "It")

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  15. I was also let down by the ending of the book, but that is what good writers do. They let YOU THE READER decide how things turn out. Sometimes no closure is more intriguing than closure, as seen by this novel. As much as I would have like to known the ending and what happened as well, I appreciate how he did it nonetheless. What I don't understand is how they made the call that blew up the bus and not get "The Pulse"?? Someone had to dial it right? Unless they put it down and moved away from it or somethin. I think King leads you to believe at the end that Johnny will be reset and that Clay will be alright because when the phone-crazies set up their tents at the Kashwak border, they did the exact same thing: held up phones to the ears of others, and they did NOT get another wave of pulse. I think they both turn out okay. As for finding their friends, who knows.....overall, another great thriller from King.

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  16. Can someone please find out what happened in the end?
    I know that some people enjoy imagining the ending but i need to know!! its really annoyed me after really enjoying the book.

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  17. Loved the book, my curiosity leans more toward what is going on with the rest of the world. Are there survivors elsewhere out there that they will eventually find,and will if he "fixes" his son, will he be able to reboot others as he meets up with the surviving phoners?

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  18. hmm i thought jordan told clay something about reversing the puls since johnny only got half blast of it...i could be wrong, but i'm pretty sure jordan said something along those lines.

    he's a bright young boy and all.

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  19. Not knowing King includes his writing cycle dates, I assumed the dates DID have something to do with the ending and thought I was guite savy for figuring it out until I read the posts!

    I figured that since he held the phone up to his sons ear in snow fall (I believe it was December) December 2005 the first date.

    The second date was - October 2006

    I interpreted this almost like the dates on a tombstone. Life began with him holding the phone up to his sons ear (correcting his son) however, something went wrong/death ten months later (albeit by phonies, end of world, disease ??) in October which is left to our imagination??!!

    The alternative is that this ending is much like Luis Lowry's book The Giver which leaves the ending up to the imagination of the reader!

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  20. This is another disappointing ending like the mist. For goodness sakes, he's telling the story. It's like going to my accountant to do my financials, and he gives me his tax return to complete for him.

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  21. I have heard that there is possibly a follow up book to finish the story. Anyone else heard this rumor??

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  22. i thought the book was fabulous! i wanted to know who had done it though and why! and also i wanted teh cat to be ok!!!! i was a bit perplexed with teh dates but having read other peoples take on it i can now make my own ending up and assume that the dates were just when SK started writing it and finished.......

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  23. George said it perfectly!!! I couldn't talk enough to my mother about this book and how fantastic it was the whole time I was reading it because she had read it too. I just finished it today, and immediately called her to yell at her for lending me the book -- because there was NO ending! I couldn't believe it!!!

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  24. I am so pissed off with the ending... what a great story but the ending was just laziness. jesus thats the last stephen king book i buy

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  25. The comment from Gary Keenan made me laugh. I said exactly the same thing. "I am never buying a Steven King book again!!!" I have calmed down now and as I am addicted to his writing, I will continue buying his books as long as he keep writing them - but Steven, how disappointing! How could you leave the book half finished???

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  26. lol cheers moira, i made that comment merely minutes after finishing the book. I too have calmed down now (slightly). I love the guy's style of writing but I'm still really annoyed at the end. It took me 2 weeks to read the book, and if I'd have known i'd be left hanging on the end of the story I would never have bothered with the book in the first place. I'm actually thinking of writing the end of it myself... just for a wee bit of bloody closure. * keep this space open, I will write the ending for this god-forsaken novel... just you wait *

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  27. Just finished the book myownself.

    Looking for a place to vent and I guess this is it. I think I remember the younger S. King stating those "Lady or Tiger" stories were a cop-out. I guess this is age catching up to him, because he certainly seems to have copped out with this ending.

    On the other hand...if the second dose of the Pulse had the desired effect of bringing Johnny-Gee back to normal, what then? A rewrite of "The Stand"? That's the only logical path to take.

    And if the Pulse does nothing to Johnny? Well, I guess Clay would give himself a shot of it too, and there goes the story's point-of-view into la-la land.

    I guess King wrote himself into a corner, in a way...

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  28. Yeah I just finished the book and the first thing I did was google. What did the ending mean? lmao This is the first place it took me. Ok I am glad you all cleared up the dates at the end. I knew the dates didn't match with the story, it was late October/early November. I like my stories finished. George has a point, its his story, not ours. I am a bit disappointed. But I still love SK and I am about to start "Lisey's Story" now!

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  29. Ok I just got this off of SK.com:

    "12:41pm March 24th, 2006:
    Regarding Cell...

    CELL SPOILER: "Based on the information given in the final third of Cell—I’m thinking about the reversion back toward the norm of the later phone crazies—it seems pretty obvious to me that things turned out well for Clay’s son, Johnny. I don’t need to tell you this, do I?”

    -Steve"

    So yeah, all is good with Clay and Johnny!

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  30. gwen, i don't think so... give me one good zombie story that has a happy ending?

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  31. Gary, Gwen, et al,

    Wow, I liked the ending! It was clever, and totally in keeping with the Matheson stories, Romero movies type atmosphere of not having a simple, dish-you-up-happy-ending. You actually have to think about the ending, rather than just say "yay!" or "how sad." The situation changes, life overall in this new world still sucks, but there's hope. I agree with King's quote above, that's the ending. But the dark side of me imagined Johnny going briefly, painfully more insane, attacking his father, and either somehow managing to bite into his throat so Clay bleeds to death, and/or Clay has to kill his boy. It's cheesy (and wouldn't make any sense, since he's weak and small), but I like Johnny Gee killing his dad, then waking up to find what he did. Guess I have a cruel streak.

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  32. I like the ending , but what were the dates for , i do not believe they were for the start and finish . email me and we can chat about it Samanthaboisvert@Hotmail.com

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  33. I think Johnny Gee will be more insane and will attack his father then Clay will be forced to shot his own son in the head, and right after he blew up his son's brain the military will arrive equipped with some devices that can reboot the brains of the phone crazies, but its too late for that, clay will kneel and cry. . . the scene will be in slow motion focusing on the military tanks and soldiers while clay dissapear from the view.. . and then in a dark garage there will be 3 portable computers lit in the dark and then 2 men will shut down the computers, unplugging it, then fade. . . (My ending sucks)

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  34. I agree with the majority of you in that it was a very entertaining book with one heck of a mysterious ending.

    Good point by Brad about why "the Pulse" didn't affect them when they called on the cell to detonate the bomb.

    I will definately read another SK novel, he's a great writer!
    In my ending, Clay and his son get a full blast of the "bad" pulse, he goes back to Tom's house and strangles him with Alex's stupid sneaker shoestring and cooks his cat for dinner.

    The important question is: Who started The Pulse???

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  35. CELL was awesome! i am 13 and i am a total bookworm, this was my first Stephen King book and definetly not my last. i see that everyone is all wound up about his cliff hanger at the end... when i finished the book i was a little mad because i wanted to know what the pulse was all about and wanted to know how it would turn out after the call for Clay and Johnny-Gee, but SK ended the story that way on purpose so i dont think there are any "hidden" answers as to what actually happens. in my mind i think that Johnny rebooted and Clay and him followed the marks and caught up with the rest of the crew. i gotta go read another book... and by the way if you like a good romance novel read a Nicholas Sparks book, and if you like comedy action read a Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum book. See Yall

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  36. I beleive that the book was well written but i did not like the ending. I was hoping it would tell what happens to the son. Anyone know of a sequal????????

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  37. The book was good. I wish there was an ending. I just finished it googled and found this. I enjoyed reading everything. But I have something to say that might clear things up for Brad. When you're on a phone u can only hear the things on the other end when it's right up against your ear right? I'm assuming it's not on speaker so they wouldn't have heard it because it wasn't up against anyone's ear. As for the ending: Stephen King...what a *insert cuss word here* I spent about 3 weeks reading that and I loved every second of it but come on. I might be failing classes because of it cause I don't read on my free time lol. O well.

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  38. I think Tek E is absolutely right about the dates being the reboot in save mode etcetera etcetera. I think the reboot went as far back as to allow Clay another shot with his wife. They had been separated for just over a year. Just a thought....But overall this is another brilliant King book. The ending leaves you in suspense because its classic King. No disappointment here. If you paid attention you'll get it and if not you can make up your own ending.

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  39. The ending to King's book was very brilliant (although utterly maddening). Through out the book he speaks about how when everything is stripped away from the human psyche, only murder and violence remains. This ending is simply a mirror into looking into your own lives. It forces us the reader into creating the next step of story and determine how "phone crazy" we are.

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  40. I soooo agree with Jacque! i LOOOVED teh book even though, yes, the ending wasn't the best but it was like a real, fill in to ur own imagination, u could think wateva u wanted to of what happened to them, ANYTHING! and it was still truly an amazing book!

    all i was angry about was the copy of the book i got was a dud. it missed out a hole section of teh book, the bit were the others get forced to rejoin Clay at the end. and there was bit in the book that were all torn and zig zagged but u couldn't still read it, i kinda didn't look properly and realised u can still read it if u push the two pages together lol

    xxx

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  41. Argh! The ending!
    I literally (5 minutes ago) finished the book, and oh did I scream. I was thinking to myself 'Wow, I honestly can't think how he'll end this book but there's about 20 or so pages left.. Let's see what he does'. I turn the page and there it is. The 'ending'. The rest of the book was a preview chapter for another book he wrote!
    I guess, in a way, this is a pretty good ending. Think about it, if Clay and Johnny-Gee survived and all of the phone-crazies died because of the winter and all of the normies formed a mini-community... A massive chunk of the population has gone so King would have had to explain to reforming of civilisation and blah-dee-blah. Having such an ambiguous ending saves reams and reams of background epilogue... I'm pretty sure there won't be a sequel because, well, there's not alot left to write about.
    I think my favourite character was probably Alice. Something about her character was relatable(sp?) and I just loved the way she reacted to situations.
    I think the reason why they weren't effected by The Pulse when they called the detonator phone was because they didn't call through 911. They called the cell directly and, as it is referred to somewhere near the start of the novel, when people are in a panic they will phone 911 and also in order to ensure their clls will go through, they will go through 911. Clay also phones 911 at the end so this kind of backs up my opinion C:
    The first Stephen King book I've read, previously a Koontz/Herbert addict, and it'll definitely not be my last. Praise the King :D

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  42. Just finished the book. I liked the book and was disappointed that it had no definitive ending.

    He could have ended it sadly which would have been a bummer or happy which would have been rejected as entirely unrealistic because it was 1 in a 1000 that he finds johnny g and 1 in 10 that the "save to system" idea works which would make Jordan and unrealistic genius.

    I think Kings point is that in a holicaust, survivors have to take extraordinary actions, right or wrong,

    Like burning a flock, or taking ones own life keep from your mind being read (Ray).

    It is about jumping into the raging river to save your son and he is a better swimmer then you are. It is about love and bravery.

    It is also about HOPE ( a theme of the Shawshank Redemption)

    Smacking any ending may have just been at best anti-climatic. PS my wife loves happy endings is not reading the book.

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  43. Just like alot of you, I too just finished the book and immediately hopped on google to try and figure out what I had missed while reading it, something that would perhaps provide closure. I want to know who created this Pulse, and if Clay and Johnny are going to be okay. I just want some closure :( I expect it in a book. It was however a good read, despite the ending. And I find it hard to believe SK doesn't own a cellphone.

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  44. I just finished reading it. Man was I confused. All I could picture was, okay firstly its snowing, so all that spray paint that J T D was suppose to be left , they wont be able to see, cause of the snow, unless they spray it just on the trees, or wait until spring.

    Then, he said something about the music bringing back memories, and thats all the phone-crazies had, and when he pressed SEND, he said Jonny the fo-fo-you-you. I don't know.

    I think it boils down to, the strength of human survival, assumptions (assuming the phone crazies were hostile) which was pretty accurate at one point). What family will do for one another.

    If the concept of zombies ever pops into your head, your imagination runs wild, some of us would RAID liquor stores, others would raid weapon stores, some of us both. Some would try to fight, some would try to run. I think it just exercises as much as the imagination could under those cirumstances. He just couldn't keep the book going, because if he did, there were so many questions to answer, and I think its better if he leaves them up to you to determine , How, Why and What.

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  45. I've read eight SK novels now and this is the first time I have ever had to get help with his ending. Like many of you I was furious! Also, like many of you, I have calmed down. I now belive that as the story was entirely from Clay's perspective after recieving the pulse with his son he was erased and there could be no more narration. I must have flipped the last page back and forth about ten times. I have grown accustomed to SK's endings not being the way I would like. Read "The Running Man" and "Storm of the Century" and you will probably agree.

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  46. Maybe after reading the book, get frustrated, google "the cell ending" and we come here and receive the pulse off this web-site? I do feel a bit zombie like.. but maybe that's because I've stayed up all night finishing a book that has no bloody ending! King..you're off my xmas list!

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  47. I am happy to have found all of you.

    Just finished the book and could'nt believe that I missed something within the book to leave me so confounded by the ending. Almost found myself leafing back through the pages to find the missing piece to make it all come together. Then my 24 year old daughter told me to google it because you can fing anything on google. I did and am glad. I thought I was the only one!! King never ceases to amaze me!! I am still lost on the ending but all your views have made me think.

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  48. I swore of Stephen King years ago, now I'm swearing him of for eternity. To me the ending was a bit of a F-U to the reader, leaving you so much unresolved. I hate speculative endings and this will go down as one of the worst I experienced.

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  49. I agree with Jack, no more Stephen King for me. I mean just finish the story man, you have come this far. Just like the Dark Tower series, shitty endings that just piss of the reader. Those of you who want to speculate on how it ends go ahead. As for me, reading a King novel is the equivalent of blue balls, all the build up without the finish. I think I will go get a good Dean Koontz novel to read. At least he can finish a book.

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  50. The ending is obvious: Clay didn't realize the phone he was using was on "speaker phone", and blasted himself and his son with the pulse! His son went 2x crazy, and Clay lost his mind as well! derp derp Clay! Better luck next time!

    This book was good, but King shoulda known the ending would piss a ton of people off! :(

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  51. I just finished reading this book and like many, I'm totally confused and disappointed with that ending. To think that I stayed up night after night reading, risking being late to work in the morning, just to get to that point, to finally get some answers, and then ... THIS!!! What a huge let-down! I invested enough time in this book to be entitled to know who/what caused the Pulse! I invested enough time to be entitled to know the fate of the characters... What a rip-off! And besides, who was that "Henri" fellow that Alice mentioned just before dying???? I kept waiting for the Henri fellow to show up, but he never did!!! Why bring him up??? What was the point? I'm an avid SK reader and I've felt cheated by his endings more than once before, but this time, it's gone too far. Not sure I'll read SK again.

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  52. Let me first say that I just finished reading this book about a week ago and the thrilling plot and mind twisters are still engraved in my mind. This book was enriching entertaining, slightly confusing and posed a serious question at the end which is the biggest conversation piece. I rather enjoyed the ending, it doesn't give a definite ending or a definite answer but it partly removes the "Happy ending" cliché from the equation. Personally I do think there is a happy ending to this after all. Jordan predicts that while the bug is in the system there is a chance that they might be able to use cell phones in this time period. Proven correct by the ability to call the Cell Phone inside the bus, this invites the idea that cell phones are now usable. The question is however does the second dose of the pulse effect the crazies or are they unaffected? Well I think it makes sense to say they are affected, because the bug in the system is like a change in a disease. We often slightly change a disease and then use it for the cure; I don't see why that isn't possible here. I don't believe that it makes sense that calling a different number other than 911 would change the outcome, because Pixie Dark and Light were not talking to the Police while on the phone, but to their friend. This makes me assume that any call made is intercepted by the pulse. However, I am still controversial on the fact of the pulse still in every call if the bug was in the system when the new crazies were formed, how come the pulse unaffected Clay and the others. Perhaps the bug is ineffective, along with the pulse, when the crazies are recharging, the signal might be weak enough where it doesn’t affect us. Still many questions, but I don’t expect answers. I made my own ending, you are free to yours. After all, the Author's opinion of the book is often changed to fit the readers’ preference. So why not an open ending?

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  53. Hey you Stephen King fans out there!

    Haha, so funny, even though I am definitely NOT PULSED *shining flashlight at everyone and waving* I feel like every single one of you! First of all, I am really disappointed about the ending, secondy, I am somehow glad it just took me one day to read the book and it was a rainy day. No much loss there and it was A GREAT STORY!!! Had me hooked from the very first pages...I also love the Dark Tower books and we of all should know that Stephen is just THE MAN (yeah, he's the man, even a blind man can see that!) to write an ending no one (say no-one! say hallelujah!) expects! lol So I guess maybe once in a while when he gets really bored (maybe right now? ;-) he googles 'End The Cell' and laughs his ass off reading what all his more or less pissed fans write here. Man. So cunning this fella! And one thing remains to be said: Move on, take the ending as it is (for me - well, it's just over, we leave them then and there, we don't want to see all the labour of bringing back civilization, was it THAT good to begin with? all the neat people hiding their true nature?) and stop asking yourself who started the pulse (I liked how NOBODY in the whole story ever really thought about that...). Go to the bookstore or the library and get the next SK to get hooked on, don't worry, there always is another one!

    So far - Case closed, game over, zip up your fly!

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  54. The ending was a lot of mixed emotions for me. I read the book a couple years ago and just re-read it the other day, and the ending was both infuriating and genius.

    I thought that a cliff-hanger was the perfect ending for this book; a happy ending would've just been cliche but a tragic ending would've been just CRUEL and it'd've demanded a sequel more than the cliff-hanger.

    Personally I like to think that when Clay put the phone to his son's ear, Johnny-Gee turns vicious and goes ape shit on Clay.

    You people who are all "I'M NEVER GONNA READ STEPHEN KING AGAIN!!" need to chill out, it's just a damn book, suck it up. It's your fault you read it, not King's fault he's a god.

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  55. Honestly, I am voiceless. The Shawshank Redemption is terrific. I'am not too old film fan, as a matter of fact, this film is realised whenI was born, and so I'am more used to movies with astounding special effects, edge-of-your-seat action, et cetera. This movie has none of that, and however, it appeals so close to me . The way Frank Darabont uses the narration of Red to drive on the tale, the excellent the music used (note the harmonica used merely earlier Red getting the letter at the end). The entire movie, from start to finish, from actions to sound, is a beacon of hope, judgement, and redemption. The cast is mastered, Morgan Freeman(Red) really brings about a fresh feel to the story, and that is exactly what the movie is, what a film should be. Really recommended for every film fan.

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  56. Well,
    finished the book half an hour ago and went straight to the computer to google any hints on the ending. I am both very much disappointed (by the ending) and amused (by the fact that a simple, single book can be so fascinating and powerful and upsetting). Let's see things from a positive point of view:
    1) S.K. has lost none of his brilliancy and talent. Boy, it's been ages since I first read one of his novels as a child and when this book was recommended to me recently, I didn't dare hoping it would be good. It immediately hooked me up. Wow.
    2) One could argue that S.K. is a true artist, in terms of not caring about the consumer of his arts in a way that influences his writing. He surely must have assumed (makes an ass.. ;D) that such an unfinished end was going to upset people, so he must aswell simply not care and stay true to his own vision of the story. Very anti-commercial. Very cool (but it still sucks for me as a reader).

    My boyfriend, who didnt read the book but was told a 1-minute-summary by me, said he thinks that it's obvious that Clay was pulsed too, or that the boy killed his father. What I'm even more interested in is who started that f**king signal, and why...

    Me, I'm not sure if I ever want to read a S.K. book again. I do consider him a genius and I think that no matter how pissed I am right now, this ending might be the best possible ending for such a story, but I don't think I wanna experience the feeling of running into a wall at full speed ever again. That's pretty much what it felt like, emotionally.

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  57. So I finished Cell, and I think i agree with Tek-E about the end and the dates. I dont think i understand how Clay could have "pulsed" himself when he was going to hold the phone to his sons ear. It was either his son became a vegetable or was returned to normal. Ill reread the end to see if i missed something. If you would like to correct me on anything, my email is Karlfranz90@yahoo.com just put the topic as stephen King Cell.

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  58. I can't believe the non- ending to CELL. I am just thinking that Clay dialing 911 to Johnnys ear saved Johnny and they went onto to save others. The Gov't was at fault(as usual because they don't know enough to leave anything alone)..the workers were 'pulsed' also.
    I'm fairly sure I won't be buying any of SK's books because the ending's are infuriating.

    Dean Koontz will be getting my money from now on.

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  59. I just finished the end.... WHAT THE HELL???? I think you have to make up your own ending. good book though... I guess I'm not the only one baffled. The ending came so fast out of nowhere he finds his son and the book ends it did seem kind of like S.K. was in a hurry to end it.

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  60. I must be weird but But I felt so bad for the phone crazy that lost the fight over the fire truck. He gets back up dying then clearly says my truck then dies I felt so bad for the guy and why?


    p.s.

    And yes I felt bad for the other characters in case some idiot wants to try and moralize me for only feeling bad for a phone crazy.

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  61. I don't know why but I felt so bad for the phone crazy that lost the fight over the fire truck. He went down dying then got up saying my truck then died. Why do I feel so bad for that?

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  62. And why in the world did the moderator not let the very same post through? NO LIFE?

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  63. I don't know why but I felt so bad for the phone crazy that lost the fight over the fire truck. He went down dying then got up saying my truck then died. Why do I feel so bad for that?

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  64. For all of you ripping on King, he wrote the screenplay with a new ending to show everyone what really happened.

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  65. Wasn't it obvious that clay got the pulse whilst trying to save his son? He gambled his sanity for his sons life. Great book.

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  66. > And why in the world did the moderator not let the very same post through? NO LIFE?
    The opposite, idiot. I don't sit here and look at comments to a post I made 4 years ago all day.

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  67. As Alice said "at least we did something".
    Clay had to do something - do or die - pulse or no pulse - johnny either reversed or went completely phone crazy....

    a story of hope and if you haven't got any hope or try to make a change then whats the point.... your a phone crazy! Don't just accept!

    Loved it!

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  68. The Pulse was initiated by accident from to the pirated software the carnies used in creating their own cell tower using the parachute drop. The software contained a bug in its programming and they had no idea of it or what they were doing when they installed the thing into the modem connected to the tower.
    Then at 3:03pm on that beautiful afternoon of October 1 they turned on their corrupted software in order to test if their little creation worked and triggered the Pulse.
    They knew not what they did.
    May God have mercy on their souls.

    Stephen King may have left the end ambiguous out of deadline pressure, or since we can discern Clay will see Tom and Jordan again that he did not hear the Pulse and Johnny G turned out alright.

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  69. Clay put his hand over the little ear speaker so as no to hear The Pulse when he dialed the number for the bus bomb. Simple.

    Hey folks, you wanna HEAR the Pulse?
    http://www.cellthebook.com/sendMessage.htm
    Please enjoy the music while the world goes to hell.

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