Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn Paperback – Oct 5 2010
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Christopher Pike is a bestselling author of young adult novels. The Thirst series, The Secret of Ka, and the Remember Me and Alosha trilogies are some of his favorite titles. He is also the author of several adult novels, including Sati and The Season of Passage. Thirst and Alosha are slated to be released as feature films. Pike currently lives in Santa Barbara, where it is rumored he never leaves his house. But he can be found online at Facebook.com/ChristopherPikeBooks.See all Product Description
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Anyone who has read the description knows it is...and having just finished the book, I can say that I am very pleased--and it actually works. And it helps that the author does not try to explain it more than is necessary.
The reviews of `The Eternal Dawn' are bound to be mixed. Anyone who has only read the `Thirst' books will most likely be disappointed. And anyone who has read all of Pike's novels will fall in love with Alisa (Sita) all over again. But it could go either way.
When I read that `The Last Vampire' series was being re-released as `Thirst,' I reread the series. My big concern was getting through the sixth book again. It had always felt forced to me...like Pike was told he had to conclude the series and move on--or that someone else had written it, except for the epilogue. But it made a little bit more sense when I read the series all at once (but still did not feel right).
When I first read that he was continuing the series, I did not want to believe it. There has always been a rumor that he planned more books; but after fifteen years, I was beginning to think it was a hoax. There was also the rumor that he never wanted to write `young adult' novels ever again....
A lot of people will claim that Pike wrote `Thirst' because vampires are big now. But the truth is that the series was originally released in the mid-1990s and were a huge success with Pike's fans--even the final book (at the time) kept fans waiting for more. Then, in 1997, the author disappeared for seven years. He had left us with mediocre stories like `The Execution of Innocence' and `Magic Fire' and the horrible (my opinion) `The Grave' (which should have ended after the first chapter).
He returned in 2004 with the long awaited `The Blind Mirror' - which was good enough to satisfy a need for new Pike. Then he went into the `Alosha' series. I got halfway through the second book and stopped. When the time comes, I will try again. I have `Falling' but have not read it yet. [I feel that Pike is trying a little too hard when it comes to his adult works. `Sati' and `The Listeners' are recommended. I have not read `The Cold One' - and `The Season of Passage' will require me to reread it because I am one of few fans that said "It's just okay" (good concept, weak payoff) while most people loved it.]
His return to `The Last Vampire' (I hate the new title `Thirst') is amazing. After fifteen years, he still gets Sita's voice perfectly. There are some flaws with `The Eternal Dawn', but I have chosen to overlook them for two reasons. 1) I want to know where Pike is going with this series. 2) I am giving Pike extra credit for making it very difficult to write a review for `Thirst 3' because I want to explain the plot twists so bad!
Appropriate reading age: 15+ (please note that the 15 is because this is a book - as a movie, it would be rated R) for violence, sexual references, drug references, mild language, and themes.
But it turns out that this is indeed the 7th book in the series and Alisa Perne is back. Her return required a huge retcon of the 6th book, but it's surprisingly easy to buy into. And even more importantly, the characters feel very consistent with the previous books (this is something a lot of authors seem to have problems with when revisiting old characters).
To bring some interest to the story, Pike has to invent even more lethal enemies than the ones in the previous books - and in most authors' hands the power level would have been ludicrous. However I feel Pike pulls this off without any problems whatsoever, and just like in the previous books Alisa is both hunter and the hunted.
I could keep talking about the book but the most important fact is that it's a true continuation of the six previous books. If you have read and loved them, you're more than likely to love this book as well.
Sita is faced with even more trouble this time around and though the game has changed on us, at least a bit, we do not loose any of the rich history of the series. Pike kept all the great element from the previous books and add new leveles and richness to this story.
I love Sita for her toughness. I love her for her ability to love. I love how she can boast so easily about herself, yet it does not come off as bragging, it is just fact. She may just be the most interesting and amazing character out there. She is not perfect, she makes tons of mistakes and we love that about her.
Pike never shys away from the gritty and hard things in his books. Death, sex, love, redemption, faith, and on and on - they are all present in powerful form within his work. To call this, or any of his books, only for a young adult crowd is rediculous. Most of his fan are in thier 30's - including me, and I'm also a MFA grad student. There is a deep a profound message of love and struggle to find out place in this world in his books. Life is always a precious thing in the books. Nothing is flimsy or done for shock value. A death in the book has weight and meaning.
I am very happy to see a new generation will have the opportunity to experience what I did growing up with Pike. This series will always be "The Last Vampire" to me.
If you love unexpected heros, you will love Sita. If you love fiction, you will love Pike.
I have read and re-read the first six installments of The Last Vampire since they were released in the mid-nineties, and they were always special to me. I just finished Thirst No. 3 (or, The Last Vampire 7) and absolutely loved it. I have read all of Pike's work. Some of it is outstanding, some aren't my favorites, but all are worth a read. This novel stands up to his best work. It is easy to see that this is his favorite group of characters to write about. I have read a lot of "Vampire" books in my life - Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris - not Twilight, can't bring myself to do it - but Sita blows them all away. She really would, too.
I would strongly suggest to anyone new to Pike to start the series from the beginning. It will bring a much better appreciation to the new book. Any die-hard Pike fan will love it.
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