On October 1, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140, most of the planes are on time, and Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine, is almost bouncing up Boylston Street in Boston.
That changes in a hurry. The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.
"Starred Review. Exploiting motifs and devices from Richard Matheson's vampire-world classic, I Am Legend (1954), and George A. Romero's living-dead movies (author and filmmaker are this book's dedicatees), King blasts any notion that he's exhausted or dissipated his enormous talent." - Booklist.
"The novel's three long set pieces are all pretty gory, but not gratuitously so, and the book holds together in signature King style." - Publishers Weekly.
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Rated of 5
Not What I Expected
I was disappointed in this book. I've read many Stephen King books and one thing you can always count on is a good story. He is a fantastic story teller no doubt. His creativity is amazing and that is what I truly appreciate about him. I didn't enjoy this book though. His characters, setting, plot etc were all done very well. It was the far fetched unrealism of what the characters were that lost me (and that fact that he is a Boston Red Sox Fan). I struggled my way through just to finish it. I think it's one of those books you will either love or hate. Sometimes you never know what to expect from Mr. King. and that is good because if you don't like one of his books, it doesn't mean you won't like others. - TRE
Stephen King has written more than forty novels and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, the O. Henry Award, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
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