Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review: The Immortal (Christopher Pike)

The ancient artifact was cursed.

The Immortal, by Christopher Pike, is a young adult thriller that focuses on the lives of two female high school graduates who meet unfortunate fates. Josie is on vacation in Greece with her best friend, Helen, and her father, a Hollywood screenwriter working on a screenplay for a science fiction film. While visiting Mykonos, they tour the sacred island of Delos, considered the birthplace of Apollo, Greek god of truth, prophecy, healing and the sun.

Josie accidentally stumbles upon an ancient artifact that resembles a Greek goddess. She immediately takes the statue with her for safe-keeping when she leaves the island. Nevertheless, trouble follows her when she and a guy she likes fall ill to unknown causes. Then, Josie sees visions of an immortal goddess who is falsely accused of murdering her best friend. The goddess' punishment is living the life of a mortal inside Josie's body! When the truth is finally unveiled, Josie must save her friends before her time on Earth is finished.

This was a very good plot with a surprising twist at the end. While I wished no one had died, it does have a happy ending from a justice perspective. The audience for this type of novel is adolescents (ages 13-19) who are new to thrillers and want to explore fantasy fiction.

It was a pleasure to read more books by Christopher Pike. In my childhood, I was hooked on young adult thrillers by big-name writers such as him and R.L. Stine. I figured it was time to revisit their great works and highlight my favorites. In the near future, I will cover The Last Vampire trilogy and few more Pike Books (Remember Me, Fall into Darkness, See You Later, and so forth) on this website. I never imagined how much Pike, Stine and Elrod have been such a major influence in my life. Their works are one of the primary reasons why I created this paranormal blog.

Stay tuned for more novels by Christopher Pike in the near future!

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