Friday, March 19, 2010

Thirst No 1 by Christopher Pike

Title:  Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice
Author:  Christopher Pike
Genre:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 2010
Stand alone or series:  Series
Book Length: 591
First Lines:  'I am a vampire, and that is the truth.  But the modern meaning of the word vampire, the stories that have been told about creatures such as I, are not precisely true.'


Synopsis
As to blood — ah, blood, the whole subject fascinates me. I do like that as well, warm and dripping, when I am thirsty. And I am often thirsty....
Alisa has been in control of her urges for the five thousand years she has been a vampire. She feeds but does not kill, and she lives her life on the fringe to maintain her secret. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must break her own rules in order to survive.
Her quest leads her to Ray. He is the only person who can help her; he also has every reason to fear her. Alisa must get closer to him to ensure her immortality. But as she begins to fall in love with Ray, suddenly there is more at stake than her own life....

My Thoughts (Note: 3 Books in one - Have reviewed this book as a whole)

This is an interesting story about a 5000 year old vampire.  Alisa or better known as Sita is a strong (in every sense of the word) stubborn vampire and at times can seem selfish, and does most things in order to protect her existence.  She's rich, alluring and very dangerous.

I particularly liked Seymour who just accepted Sita for what she was without judgment or fear.  My only issue regarding a few of the characters were that they begin to grow on you and then something unexpected happens and then the story moves on.  I also felt that some scenes were glided over when there could have been more of an emotional build up.  Whether this was the authors way of showing Sita's nature, I can't be sure.

In saying that I did notice the changes Sita experience in all three sections of this book.  The change wasn't there to begin with obviously, but the further in I got, the more I picked up on the slow but steady change happening within Sita.  I  liked reading from her point of view which is written in first person present tense.  The writing flowed nicely.

Overall, yes this is yet another vampire story, but with original plot lines and action and the fact Sita was so old, I needed to finish this book.  I'd like to read Thirst No 2 but this is more curiousity than anything else.  I'd like to see where the story goes from here.  

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