Thirst No. 2 by Christopher Pike

Thirst No. 2 by Christopher Pike(Cover picture courtesy of Goodreads.)

What Alisa has desired for five thousand years has finally come true: She is once again human.  But now she is defenseless, vulnerable, and, for the first time in centuries, emotional.  As she attempts to reconcile her actions as a vampire with her new connection to humanity, she begins to understand the weight of life-and-death decisions.  Can Alisa resolve her past and build a new identity, or is she doomed to repeat her fatal mistakes?

With the cliffhanger at the end of Thirst No.1 I just had to read the second volume of stories.  Alisa/Sita becoming human?  This I had to see: a ruthless, conscience-less 5000 year old vampire being human.  As it turns out it doesn’t work out really well, as much as Sita keeps wishing it does.

Without giving too much away, I have to say that both the mythology mixed in to Christopher Pike’s series and his new emphasis on the characters makes Thirst No. 2 even better than the first volume.  The focus of the first set seemed to be more on Sita’s past and her present situation, with a much broader focus on plot, but I love how Christopher Pike turned to exploring Sita’s character more here.  There is so much potential for a character like Sita and some of the things she encounters in this book really change her outlook on life.  The other characters that I can’t mention because of spoilers are amazing too and are definitely not what they seem to be.

If you loved the first volume in Christopher Pike’s series, you’ll love the second one even more.  A fast paced plot, a bit of interesting mythology and Christian theology and even better character development make Thirst No. 2 one of the better books I’ve read lately.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

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