A Book That Makes You Sick
Ill sick or angry sick? *shrugs* I’ll go for ill sick. Or at least ‘turns your stomach inside out’ sick anyway.
Cell by Stephen King
As I didn’t have one of King’s as a book that scared me, I’ll have it here instead. It’s a horror story, there’s blood and gooey bits and gore. That makes me feel sick *and* it scares me. Double whammy there. Fab book though – it scares me, turns my stomach, makes me laugh and gets me so attached to the characters and their journey I can’t stop reading even though my insides are in knots and I want to shut the book, turn all the lights on and cuddle a bucket (to be sick in, not for comfort. I have cuddly toys for that…and children.)
Summary (from Goodreads)
Witness Stephen King’s triumphant, blood-spattered return to the genre that made him famous. Cell, the king of horror’s homage to zombie films (the book is dedicated in part to George A. Romero) is his goriest, most horrific novel in years, not to mention the most intensely paced. Casting aside his love of elaborate character and town histories and penchant for delayed gratification, King yanks readers off their feet within the first few pages; dragging them into the fray and offering no chance catch their breath until the very last page.
In Cell King taps into readers fears of technological warfare and terrorism. Mobile phones deliver the apocalypse to millions of unsuspecting humans by wiping their brains of any humanity, leaving only aggressive and destructive impulses behind. Those without cell phones, like illustrator Clayton Riddell and his small band of “normies,” must fight for survival, and their journey to find Clayton’s estranged wife and young son rockets the book toward resolution.
Fans that have followed King from the beginning will recognize and appreciate Cell as a departure–King’s writing has not been so pure of heart and free of hang-ups in years (wrapping up his phenomenal Dark Tower series and receiving a medal from the National Book Foundation doesn’t hurt either). “Retirement” clearly suits King, and lucky for us, having nothing left to prove frees him up to write frenzied, juiced-up horror-thrillers like Cell. –Daphne Durham