by Stephen King
Stephen King's bestselling apocalyptic thriller is a major motion picture starring John Cusack (1408), Samuel L.
Jackson (Django Unchained) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) coming in August. 'Civilization slipped into its second dark age on an unsurprising track of blood but with a speed that could not have been foreseen by even the most pessimistic futurist.
By Halloween, every major city from New York to Moscow stank to the empty heavens and the world as it had been was a memory.' The event became known as The Pulse.
The virus was carried by every cell phone operating within the entire world.
Within hours, those receiving calls would be infected. A young artist Clayton Riddell realises what is happening.
He flees the devastation of explosive, burning Boston, desperate to reach his son before his son switches on his little red mobile phone ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 12/05/2011
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9781444707823
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Review by jan.fleming
Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his graphic novel project.
His joy at finally being offered the deal of a lifetime is short lived by an event called The Pulse which causes everyone using their mobiles phones at the time to have their brains rewired…and ...well mayhem and murder aplenty ensue
Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a mobile phone.
In the panic to get out of Boston and find his way home to his wife and son (who does own a mobile), he is joined by Tom McCourt, a man he meets in the meleé immediately following The Pulse and a young girl, Alice, who they rescue from being killed by one of the “phoners.” The story follows their terrifying journey, avoiding capture—and worse—by the “phoners” who are beginning to “flock” and are led by one they call Raggedy Man.
A rather unique spin on the zombie genre, high entertaining with engaging characters makes this a very readable romp framed between a cinematic opening and an ambiguous ending… King's words describe it perfectly like "cheap whisky . . . very nasty and extremely satisfying." The pulse is never explained and this left to conjecture and speculation both by the characters and the reader.
King does have a message regarding humanity and how much of it is left when "Civilization slips into its second dark age” as Clay says "This is how it goes when the bottom drops out," Clay realizes. "This is how we act." and it is not nice at all