Cell - Stephen King "The event that came to be known as The Pulse began at 3:03 pm., eastern standard time, on the afternoon of October 1. The term was a misnomer, of course, but within ten hours of the event, most of the scientists capable of pointing this out were either dead or insane. The name hardly mattered, in any case. What mattered was the effect."

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