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. He’s just landed a comic book deal that might finally enable him to support his family by making art instead of teaching it. He’s already picked up a small (but expensive!) gift for his long-suffering wife, and he knows just what he’ll get for his boy Johnny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay’s feeling good about the future. 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. There’s really no escaping this nightmare. But for Clay, an arrow points home to Maine, and as he and his fellow refugees make their harrowing journey north they begin to see crude signs confirming their direction. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat
What did I think:4 stars
While this is the first time I've hear of this book as well as pick it up to read I went in hoping that I would love it like I did his book The Stand , but with this one I just like it, it did pull me in and while it had me hooked, it just couldn't and didn't make my all time favorite shelf ,While I do like the concept of the story , and how Mr. King write it , it just didn't make me love it . I think the reason was it did tell you why or how The Pulse came to be, and the end at lest for me kind of fell short, like it ended in a cliffhanger .But still its a good one to read.