Thirst NO. 1 by Christopher Pike
(The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: August 4, 2009
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.
Christopher Pike takes the normal vampire that you know and love, and throws it away completely, going back to the way things were before they were sparkly and fairy-like. He has perfect detail so you can actually hear the wild screams, smell the putrid flesh and blood, see the bones crunching, taste the rancid air, and feel the fear, and love that the character you're reading through feels. These details will sometimes make you grimace in disgust.
The main character, Alisa Perne, has been portrayed as a five thousand year old vampire, who still doesn't know what she believes in. She is definitely dynamic, because through every point in the book you learn new things about her that you would not have guessed. Unlike Edward and the Twilight vampires, Alisa and the Thirst vampires in this book are dark, and most definitely dangerous. They're not afraid to spill blood or take it. Most of the other characters are pretty boring, but Alisa brings out their character throughout the book.
The plot in this book is stunning. I was captivated in the very first paragraph. It can get boring, and slow at some points, as do most books, but in the long run it is very fascinating to get inside the mind and thoughts of a not-so-frilly vampire. There's action in just about every chapter, whether it's a little fight killing one person, or a big fight killing many, it keeps you zoned on the book the entire time.
It took me 3 or 4 sittings to finish this book, but some people read slow, and some people read faster, so it totally depends on the person. I most definitely would recommend this book. It is close to the best book I've ever read. Possibly even the best. The plot is fantastic, and the characters for the most part keep up with the plot, and have an edge to them. I definitely cannot wait till I get around to reading Thirst NO. 2!
Reason For Rating:
- The Plot is incredible and never leaves you hanging.
- You're captivated from the very first paragraph.
- The characters barely ever bore you.
- Christopher Pike gives us the nitty gritty of vampires and not some frilly, sparkly vampire.
- It is very interesting to read. Nothing like what I've read before.