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Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Thirst No.1 (by Christopher Pike)


THIRST No.1
by Christopher Pike
Release date : August 2009
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 : I didn't find this book much exciting unfortunately... The legeng about the vampires' birth that is told here is very interesting, and Alisa's vampire capabilities are original. The fact that she's been 'alive' for 5000 years also has its interest. I've always loved the 'immortal' side of the vampires, I've always thought that it gave some depth to the characters and stories. We discover scraps of things she lived throughout the centuries (her meeting with Plato, her life as a princess in the Middle Ages,...), and I loved that. But I felt like it wasn't sufficiently exploited, given the fact that I found her past lives more interesting than the story itself.

I thought the time treatment was weird and not quite believable, and that many things weren't really logical : Alisa's relationship with Ray, her contradictory principles,... I didn't really become attached to Alisa, maybe because of the tone which I found cold and clinical. At times, I felt more empathy towards the baddies than the protagonists.

Overall, I wasn't hooked nor bored. I just read it without really enjoying it. And this book did not stir my curiosity regarding the sequels.

I recommend it to vampire fans, particularly those who enjoy the immortal part.

4 comments:

  1. Ouch, I really thought this book would be a lot of fun. But then I saw the book at the store and saw that it was pretty thick, nothing for me at that moment. Still I like the sound of it. Maybe when I have a lot of free time to spend. Thanks for the honest review.

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  2. Charlotte, for some reason your text is not showing up when I load your blog on my computer. I can see Nina's comment and the summary but other than that I get ablack background. Weird. It happened the other day too. I'm using internet explorer.

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  3. Nina : Yep, it's a thick book. :) I hope you'll like it more than I did.

    Becky : That is weird. I have no idea why it does that. I haven't changed anything recently. I hope it'll get fixed on its own, because I really don't know what to do...!

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  4. Thirst was a novel that I NEEDED to read. I needed the feel of a real independent woman that just so happened to be the first and one of the most powerful extortionist alive (or dead). The one thing that ambushed me with this novel was how the lead was so heedlessly (or rather didn't care of being) blunt. She wasn't a damsel in distress as so 'many other picks would make their characters out to be. However, she wasn't heartless; she was sympathetic, but unquestionbly formidable. Aware of her strength, she was almost overly confident, cocky, but she certainly had every right to be. She was able to admit to her faults and flaws (if any!) when they arose at any given situation. I doubtlessly loved that she never needed to pretend (capabilities and feelings); If she was wrong, in love, attracted to someone, exorbitant in killing methods, she owned up to it, whether it was a pleasant realization or not.

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