Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice

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Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice

by Christopher Pike

Simon Pulse | August 4, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice is rated 3.2381 out of 5 by 21.
 At five thousand years old, the vampire Alisa thought she was smart enough to stay out of trouble. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must protect herself by befriending Ray, the boy who may be her only chance at finding her maker. When she begins to fall in love with Ray, all of a sudden there is more at stake than her own life. Originally published in 1994, this series netted more than 500,000 copies as individual titles and later as bind-ups. This hot new repackage will revive the series for today’s teen.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 624 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: August 4, 2009

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416983082

ISBN - 13: 9781416983088

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not great (CONTAINS SPOILERS!) ***SPOILERS ALERT!*** I had picked up The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike a short while ago after seeing a co-worker reading the book. Since the vampire craze is still going strong, I figured it was worth a go. While I bought it as Thirst, a collection of the first 3 books of the series, I decided to write a review of the first book, rather than the whole collection in Thirst. My reasons for this? I’m interested, but not interested enough to continue reading at this point. I don’t know if it’s the fact that it’s a man writing from the perspective of a woman, or if Christopher Pike thinks this is how vampires should act, but the main character in the novel, the vampire Sita, is just so … bland. The story started out well enough – Sita is sitting in the office of an investigator, Michael Riley, who has been looking into her story. The “Why does she have so much money for an 18 year old?” situation. Sita really shows no emotion, but as the book goes on, she shows less and less. After killing the investigator too soon and realizing that she needs more information about who was actually wanting information about her, she decides to go after his son, Ray. But then they fall in love. I guess. It all happens so fast that I was just so turned off by the book. Sita enrolls in high school to become friends with Ray and was there for, like, a day where she meets Ray and his girlfriend, and then BAM! They’re in love. No explanation, no reason – they’re just in love. Apparently, Ray looks like Sita’s old husband from back in the day before she was a vampire, so I guess that’s reason enough. Sita learns that it is her maker, Yaksha, who is out to get her. Well, actually he’s out to kill her after making the promise to their god, Krishna, to kill all of his terrible species – the vampires. Sita just happens to be the last one. However, she’s under Krishna’s protection so long as she doesn’t make another of her kind. Yaksha ends up wiping out the rest of the species, just leaving him and Sita, by the middle ages. If that was the case, why would anyone even know about vampires in the present day? Oh, but wait, then Yaksha injures Ray who, for some reason, was way to close to a window, by crashing the glass and making Ray tumble to his near death. Out of the unexplained love for Ray, Sita turns him into a vampire and her protection is shattered. The ending turns out to be stupid (maybe just my opinion) – Sita figures dynamite would be the best way to kill Yaksha and sets up a triple suicide in her living room, but actually ends up making a contraption that will save her and Ray, but kill Yaksha. When Yaksha agrees that this will be a good idea (not knowing that Ray and Sita will survive), him and Sita decide to tell each other what Krishna told them both so many years ago. Turns out Krishna told Sita that “where there is love, there is my grace.” So, it turns out that Sita does in fact still have Krishna’s protection and when realizing this, Yaksha tells them to leave and he’ll die. Really? That was just way too … easy. One thing I do like is how the vampires came to be and I really think that Christopher Pike did a good job setting up the background and history. Of course, I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading the remaining books in this series, but I do hope that they keep my interest more than The Last Vampire did. If you feel the urge to read everything that’s in the vampire genre, go ahead, read this series. If you’re looking for something that is well written and intriguing with well-developed characters, find something else.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It!! I LOVE this series. When I first read this book I couldn't wait to buy the next one!
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thrilling I would prefer a playstation 3 game out of this book... I’m desperate to play it... I enjoyed the violence, blood... Sita, her mythological touch to the story. It was a fun read. I sure missed the romance factor in the book. I wish I could have had more of Yaksha and Sita's love story than Sita looking for love everywhere. I really didn't understand her definition of love... but other than that I loved her personality. Sita is an amazing character... and Christopher Pike is an awesome writer.
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book, bad ending I liked this books (or books since its a three in one deal). I loved the idea who was the first vampire. I just don't like the ending I felt it was rushed and like Christopher Pike got bored at the end with writting.
Date published: 2010-10-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dissapointing Looking at the cover of the book and reading the back i thought it was going to be really good. well i was really wrong. the story is incredibly slow, and very unrealistic. the main character is a twit and my four year old brother has more common sense then her. the only thing i really liked in this book was the little legendary stories told here and there when the main character would think about Krishna (The Hindu God). Other than those little lessons on world religions, I would not recommend it for anyone.
Date published: 2010-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thirst 1 This book was pretty good, it starts off slow, then gets much better. but then i feel like it just goes on for two long, and i feel like its just one thing after another, and its just to much sometimes. But the ending was amazing and makes me want to read the next book :P
Date published: 2010-09-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from i may be alone on this i didn like it at allllllll it was to much the history made the book boring not interesting. hated the work done by Christopher pike in this book.
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad! I picked up this book thought it would be interesting and it was quite interesting. I wasn't a huge fan of the way the book ended so I decided not to read the 2nd and 3rd books. Maybe some day I will pick them up but as for now, I liked the book, it had a lot of detail very well written. Over all not bad.
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ENJOYED IT A LOT! This is a vampire book with real vampire instincts. The lust, the sex appeal, the blood! Definitely a book to read if you like real vampire books!
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dull Honestly? It was forgettable. The main character is a self-proclaimed Mary Sue. There is nothing she fails at. Which, though it describes how the author wants this world to view vampires... gets very tedious. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Worth It, Even for Nostalgia Nostalgia was my sole purpose for picking up this book. When I was much younger than I am now, Christopher Pike was not the sort of author my parents approved of. So, I'd take the books out of my school's library and hide it in the deep recesses of my knapsack and pull it out to read in my closet, which was also my favorite place in my room. Apparently I have a little Lane off of Gilmore Girls in me. As I'd read I always felt so stealthy and reading was much easier to sneak past my parents than watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer when it aired. The three books that are in Thirst No. 1 were originally published in the 90's and I really feel like writing has improved greatly, like by leaps and bounds. Now granted, when Red Dice was originally published (1995) I was young when I snuck it home, so perhaps it's just the age difference that originally had me thinking it was an awesome book. Or maybe not. According to Chapters they are (original books) geared for kids from 10-12. I would never let my 10-12 year old read this book (like mother like daughter??). The content is far too heavy for a 10 year old. The character is relishing in the blood lust, shows no remorse for the death she causes and then makes love, this does not scream pre-teen to me. I wouldn't say it's YA either, which currently is what Thirst is labeled under for reading level. The style of writing is very childish with choppy sentences, poor characterization, no description and the plot wasn't one you sank into. It was all over the place. It's an odd mix of older content in young writing. I feel like there are some (especially after reading some reviews on various sites) that would love this series, I was not one of them. My favorite part was my favorite part from reading it years and years ago. Where Sita is locked in the cage with Joel and has her 'black widow' moment. And if I'm truly honest that was my big reason for picking this book up. Like I started off stating it was all nostalgia. Unfortunately, the nostalgia wasn't worth it, in my opinion and there is no way I'll be picking up Thirst No. 2.
Date published: 2010-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to a series This is the first book in the Thirst series and I really enjoyed it, I found that it had a great twist from other vampire books it also had a very interesting ending that makes me looks forward to the second book in the series. Something I loved about the book was Sita, I loved her personality the fact that she was so cunning and ruthless, you don't always get that from the female vampire character it was a nice changed. Overall the book was great it was interesting and the three stories fit together really well and it makes you keep turning the pages.
Date published: 2010-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thirst...tough for me to get through Well I gave this 3stars simply becuase I didn't think it was a bad book, so it was not worth 2. I just did not really get it. I found the narration annoying, and the relationships very weak. This True love she goes on about with Ray just was not developed enough for me to really think it was serious. The flip side is the ending is a good cliff hanger, and so while I am not rushing out to buy the next book, I think I will put it on a gift list or try and get it at the Library sometime down the road.
Date published: 2010-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprising I love anything and everything that has been written about vampires and I've probably read it all... This new book by Pike surprised me. The way that he explored immortality and the value of mortality through religion was completely unexpected. This book was recommended to me by a teenager who was eager to discuss some of the profound topics in the story. I have to admit it left me with deep reflexions and I was pleased. Looking forward to more.
Date published: 2010-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it It was an easy read with many 'oh my gosh' moments that leave me wanting to head to Chapters NOW to get the second book. I almost felt sorry for the main character till she did something at the end...WHY????
Date published: 2010-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it This book really grabs on and holds you in the story. It's different and i love that about it. A verry strong female character who couldn't care less about anyone. I like that, I might be only half way through but I hope love dose not change that for her. ( :
Date published: 2009-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read! When i first started to read this one I didn't think I could get into it and there was a few times I put it down but I always ended up wondering what was going to happen so I kept reading and the more I read it did get better. It was a good read and I will be reading the next one when it comes out!
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So simple and yet so vivid Thus far I have only read the first book in the series, The Last Vampire. They are much shorter than I remember them from when I was fourteen but they have lost none of their magic or seductiveness. Sita is a complex and deep character, which you only begin to learn in the first story. The more you read, the more interesting she becomes, so press on and finish the series whether you love or just like it. Pike is a good writer. He doesn't go over bored with lengthy descriptions and big words (the book was meant for teens after all) and yet the simplicity of it is what makes it compelling. It is easy to visualize what you are reading and understand the characters emotions. It' a quick read, but an enjoyable one.
Date published: 2009-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never Wanted It to End!!! Pike puts a wicked twist on Vampires, In this incredibly thrilling adventure they can see what no human eye could possibly see, they can hear a leaf falling from a tree in the distance, they can crush bones in their with their very own hands, control people with their minds, they can sense parts of people's life just by looking at them, and they can live for thousands of years. This book follows Sita, and Vampire who has been around for 5,000 years. Yaksha was the man who made Sita into a Vampire, and suddenly he is trying to hunt her down. In this extremely exciting thrillier, Sita fights anything that gets in her way, she is a beautiful character but in this book you come to learn that she is dangerous, and you shouldn't mess around with her. I absolutley loved this book, although there was quite a bit of blood and killing.... it was still amazing, there was beautiful romance and extrodinary characters. This book ends with you wanting more from this amazing Vampire thriller, Sita is an amazing character, she is an extremely strong vampire who fights for what she loves. This book was crazy good!!!! I am so excited to read the next book, Thirst no.2!!!!
Date published: 2009-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!!!! Kept me wanting more!!!! Christopher Pike brings on a whole new adventure for the five thousand year old vampire, Sita. this book is action packed till the very end it is a must read. People who love vampires, adventure, suspense, and lots and lots of blood should read this. i also recommend this to people who have read the twilight series, kelly armstrongs series(book 1 is the summoning) and alyson noels evermore.... So you should pick up this book and read it because i definetly recommened it!!!!!
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from " Totally one of my Favorite Books!" It all started 5 thousand years ago when Sita was forced to change into a vampire by Yaksha, thus giving up her husband and her daughter. But it has been 5 thousand years since then and Alisa( she changes names) has had many adventures, and she is about to face one more when she finds that her creator; Yaksha is hunting her down. Alisa is thrown into a heart pounding battle to the ends, which includes old foes,new lovers, humor, action, and of course awesome vampire-ness!
Date published: 2009-08-15

– More About This Product –

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice

by Christopher Pike

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 624 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: August 4, 2009

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416983082

ISBN - 13: 9781416983088

About the Book

A bind-up of this classic paranormal thriller series from bestselling author Christopher Pike. Originally published in 1994, Pike's Thirst series introduces Alisa, a 5,000-year-old vampire who befriends a human boy who may be her only chance at finding her maker.

From the Publisher

 At five thousand years old, the vampire Alisa thought she was smart enough to stay out of trouble. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must protect herself by befriending Ray, the boy who may be her only chance at finding her maker. When she begins to fall in love with Ray, all of a sudden there is more at stake than her own life. Originally published in 1994, this series netted more than 500,000 copies as individual titles and later as bind-ups. This hot new repackage will revive the series for today’s teen.

About the Author


Christopher Pike
is the author of more than forty teen thrillers, including the series Remember Me, Final Friends, and Chain Letter.

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