Tuesday, April 13, 2010
REVIEW: Thirst No.1 by Christopher Pike
Title : Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice
Author : Christoper Pike
Published : August 4th 2009 by Simon Pulse
Pages : 594
Alisa isn't like the modern meaning of the word "vampire". She doesn't turn into ashes when exposed to the sun, she can wear a crucifix without cringing, her heart beats like any human, she can digest food, and the list goes on. She does feed but never does she kill. In fact, in order to live she must not make another vampire. Little does she know that that's going to change...
Alisa, a fearless and cold woman, thinks she has been the last vampire walking on Earth for five thousand years but then she gets a call from a private investigator requesting a meeting. He reveals to her that someone wants to find out more about her and her strange activities. She starts suspecting that perhaps she is not alone in this world. It turns out that Yaksha, her creator, is hunting her. Now, she must request the help of Ray, her lover, Seymour, the nerd with prophetic dreams and AIDS, FBI agent Joel, and Andy, the scientist, in order to put an end to it all.
My Thoughts :
The book has a nice twist on the vampire legends we're used too. It's great to have something different than the vampires fearing garlic and crucifixes. I loved the idea of only having one vampire lurking around on Earth. Very original concept. I mean I haven't read that many books where a vampire carries a gun around and loves eating vegetables!
There's lots of flashbacks of Alisa's life which gives us a small history lesson at the same time. Although sometimes I did find those flashbacks a bit annoying and hard to keep up.
I would've liked to see more of Seymour in this book. He has quickly become my favorite character. He's only mentioned a few times which is not enough in my opinion.
One aspect that bothered me : the number of times Alisa has killed. She keeps saying that she doesn't kill but it's seems to be the only thing she has been doing for thousands of years and still does.
I wasn't thrilled with this book. It wasn't excellent nor was it awful. I guess we could say it was an "okay" book. I did find it hard at times to keep reading but I did. It was like a roller coaster ride : some parts I really enjoyed and others I couldn't wait to get over with.
These are all my opinions. I know there's probably some of you out there who enjoyed the book. I don't want to discourage anyone from reading it if you've been eagerly waiting to pick it up.
Will I read this book again? No. Will I read Thirst No. 2 ? Maybe. I haven't decided yet. The end left me with some unanswered questions so I might pick it up.
I give this book: