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About the Author


Christopher Pike
is the author of more than forty teen thrillers, including the series Remember Me, Final Friends, and Chain Letter.
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Product Details

  • Series: Thirst (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Bind-Up edition (August 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416983082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416983088
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Phillips on August 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a big fan of vampire literature. Having read several series, I always find myself comparing books to Christopher Pike's flawless novels, The Last Vampire series. Every time, these books win. These were released several years ago, long before tweeny-vamp hysteria caught on (thanks to S. Meyer). These books are different. They are different because they are good. While targeted to a younger audience, I am impressed by how mature they are, how well they handle "adult" issues (love, loss, loneliness, self-extinction, even HIV), yet present themselves in a very accessible way, even for a younger reader. Sita, the main character, despite roaming the Earth for centuries, does not go around feeling sorry for herself. She is not a maiden in distress, waiting for some hero to rescue her from her own fate. She is so appealing because she is powerful, yet vulnerable. Pike has created an emotionally complex, realistic character. The conflicts that Sita faces are a part of her character, they define who she is, and are not simply obstacles to overcome on the way to the next book in the series. Every choice that Sita makes is somehow linked to her being, and Pike does an excellent job portaying the actual consequences of living thousands of years--everything that Sita thinks, says, or does is colored by her rich history and experience.
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This series will rock you. Using an intelligent and powerful voice, the last vampire, Sita, tells her five-thousand year story of light and darkness, evil and profound spirituality...in this series you will witness Sita's beginning and her end, and afterwards you will walk away shaken and hungry for more.

Pike re-imagines the vampire legend, giving us vampires who are more powerful, more sophisticated and more dangerous than those in other teen-vampire books. Sita has lived and loved well throughout her life, and because of these vast experiences she is proficient in everything human--from our arts to our weapons to our hearts and souls, Sita is an expert. And that is good, because she'll need these skills to resist those who know what she is. Once they have her powers they intend to kill her. But even after five-thousand years, Sita is not ready to die. She still has too much to love.

Pike's best character EVER. The master of horror at his absolute peak--this is more than a vampire series, it is a dance with the spiritual side of life and death.

Marvelous.
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Thirst No.1 by Christopher Pike is way more than I expected! With the vampire genre busting at the seams with books that seem to retell the same story with different character names, this book stands out as an original!!! These books (the first three in a series of 6 are included in Thirst No.1) were around long before the Twilight craze started and are fortunately being rereleased!! The author's writing is seamless and the characters are so well developed that you feel like you know them personally! The main character, Sita, is so believable. You feel her age and wisdom through her words and you can feel her loneliness as well. She has lived since the dawn of history and believes that she is the last of her kind. She has made her way through thousands of years virtually invisible and plans to keep it that way. All is well until she is called into a private investigator's office for questioning. Sita then realizes that someone out there knows about her and could threaten exposing her as a vampire. As the story unfolds Sita's life and the lives of countless others are placed in jeopardy. An old enemy presumed dead long ago may have returned. If that is the case then Sita will go from being the ultimate predator to being the prey. This story is weaved with romance, action, spirituality, violence and redemption. Sita's journey is not made alone. The characters she encounters in the present and the characters described from her past all help make this book so enjoyable. I am really looking forward to the last three stories in this series that will be included in Thirst No. 2 due out next year. Believe me..... this book is worth your time and money!!!
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I had to suspend disbelief a couple of times in reading this book. First was accepting a blond and blue eyed vampire whose place of origin is India. Second was the same character, described early on as 5000 years old, impossibly rich, massively intelligent, and super strong falling in love with your average American teenager. Even so, the book did keep me interested enough to finish. Being a lover of all things mythology, the author peaked my interest when he decided to include some eastern Indian mythology into the book. Altogether an enjoyable read, not the best I've read certainly but I don't regret purchasing it.
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As a young girl in the early 90s, I was enamored with a writer by the name of Christopher Pike. I loved his books, and would spend much of my time reading them after school. Somewhere in the 5 moves I've made since elementary school, I lost all of those books.

I was absolutely THRILLED to see this anthology at Borders! I have not been - nor will I allow myself to be - sucked into the world of "Sparkling Vampires". (Vampires don't "sparkle"...) I picked up this anthology less than 48 hours ago and am about 1/4 of the way into the third book, "Red Dice". Admittedly, I'd forgotten much of the storyline as it has been 15+ years since I first read the series, but it has been an absolute page turner. The storyline is so simple, yet very powerful. The characters come to life. And, as it is written entirely in first person, it is a refreshing change from the other series of books I'm working my way though.

Bearing in mind that this book was written for TEENS, I think it is EXCELLENT. And, as it was originally released in 1994, it WELL pre-dates the whole "trampire" genre that is out there now. If you want to see vampires kicking butt, taking names, and drinking blood, then this book is for you!!
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