Author: Christopher Pike
Publisher: Archway paper back
Part of a Series: Remember Me
Type of book: science fiction, good vs evil, 1990s, white lady savior, greed, death
Year it was published: February 1995
Someone did not like Shari Cooper writing her stories.
Shari Cooper had died once, and then returned to Earth as a Wanderer -- a soul who had been given permission to take the place of another soul in a mature body. Shari has regained her memory of her previous life. More than that she has realized her purpose in returning to mortal life -- to write stories for young people to help them understand the immortal life that is to follow. Her talent is inspired, her destiny great, and it is not long before Shari and her books are known all over the world.
Then one special night a story of incomparable beauty and mystery comes to her. An ancient tale that speaks of the origin of mankind and the purpose of human life. Quickly, almost in a fever, Shari begins to write it down, sure that it is nothing more than a wonderful fable. But what Shari doesn't know is that her new book is true -- a mystical blueprint that warns of a great danger to humanity from creatures who despise all human beings, but who have a unique and terrifying hatred for Wanderers. Creatures who will go to any length to stop Shari's story from being published.
Creatures who wait unseen outside Shari's door.
The characters aren't themselves at all and Shari really angered me with her actions. The villain wasn't spectacular at all and was predictable. If you are a fan of Christopher Pike, you know who it will be. Shari failed in her mission and was incredibly selfish and thoughtless; she used her own name to write a story of her life, rubbing salt in the wounds of her family members against the advice of everyone around her. She also betrayed Peter and I always had impression that the two were lovers instead of just "friends". Why also didn't she and Peter get married? Why did she abandon Jean's Hispanic connections? Why no help for her mother or siblings? And why no update about Peter's younger brother? I couldn't feel anything for the characters.
The humanity is trapped by special evil beings
While the point of view is more stable, third person narrative from Shari, I saw no point in that science fiction story The Starlight Crystal and wondered why he put that in in the first place. I don't honestly understand it. (Just so you know, Starlight Crystal is completely different than the novel with the same name on it.) There are also inconsistencies. Is Peter's last name Jacobs or Nichols? And how is Roger a horrible character? I do want for him to explain it more instead of having the cop killed off.
Christopher Pike wrote 30+ novels mainly for young adults, the most famous or well known one is The Last Vampire Saga, Final Friends and Remember Me, and his real name is Kevin McFadden. One of his books, Fall Into Darkness was created into a movie. Unfortunately he doesn’t have a website, but there is a fan club that is devoted to him. (http://www.christopherpikefanclub.com/ )
Very tempted, very tempted, can't stop it... never in my life have I thought that I'll give zero stars to Pike's book. Besides zero stars, the lowest I have given is 2 stars, and his books range from 3 stars to 5 stars. There's so much wrong with this novel that I don't know how to start it. First of all I found Shari despicable in more ways than one: she failed her mission, she was reckless, and her story, The Starlight Crystal never made any sense to me. In addition to that, if she is sexually frustrated, why not, well, do other stuff besides intercourse? Why live like a nun with no options? And Peter/Lenny is her friend? I had an impression that he was her boyfriend! She completely discards her Jean personality. While reading this, all I could think of is Madtv's nice white lady. Enjoy the video.
0 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)