by Stephen King
About the Author
Stephen King (b. 1947 in Portland, ME) is an American horror and science fiction writer. He has published fifty novels, five non-fiction books, and over 180 short stories. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books. He has been influenced by authors such as Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, and Bram Stoker. King lives in Maine with his wife, Tabitha, they have three children.
Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine, has just landed a graphic novel deal in Boston when "The Pulse," a signal sent out over the global cell phone network, suddenly turns every cellphone user into a mindless zombie-like killer. Chaos ensues as the "phoners" begin to attack each other and all "normies" in view. Clay teams up with Tom McCourt, a middle-aged man, and Alice Maxwell, a teenage girl. He is determined to return to Maine and reunite with his son, Johnny. The story follows their terrifying journey through New England, avoiding capture or death at the hands of the phone crazies, as they attempt to reach Maine.
Overall, this book is nothing special. The action of the first few chapters soon dies down and you are left with long periods of time where nothing much happens. King does a good job of developing the main characters, but the plot is easily predictable for anyone who has seen a zombie movie before. The book's ending was really a let down for me.