Friday, May 19, 2017

Christopher Pike See You Later, Witch, and Whisper of Death

In See You Later, Mark is a successful computer game writer.  He meets Becky, who works at the record store.  He strikes up a friendship with Becky, but Becky has a boyfriend, Ray.  Later, Mark meets Vincent and Kara, who live in a nearby mansion.  While Vincent encourages Mark with his computer games, Kara insists that Mark pursue a relationship with Becky.  Kara deliberately interferes with Becky's relationship to make certain that Mark has a chance with Becky. Why does Kara care so much about whether they get together?

On page 25, we learn that Vincent has an extremely good computer with one megabyte of RAM.  Oh, it's that wonderful technology of the 1990s.  One megabyte.

This is one of those books that did not hold up well for me.  I did not like it as much as I did years ago.  It's still pretty good, however.

In Witch, Julia has the ability to heal others. Julia's mother was a witch.  Her mother warned her never to look into water that has moonlight shining on it.  Unfortunately, Julia accidentally does just that and sees an unpleasant vision of the future, which puts her life in jeopardy.

While I enjoyed this book, I did not like it as much as I once did.

In Whisper of Death, Pepper takes his girlfriend, Roxanne, to a nearby town to have an abortion. During the procedure, the doctor leaves the room and does not return.  Roxanne finally leaves, and she and Pepper are the only people around.

Roxanne and Pepper return to their own town, and the town is empty.  Finally, they find three other teens in town.  The teens realize that they are all connected to a girl who killed herself, and that the girl wrote stories about them.  The teens find the stories and soon realize that the stories are destined to come true.

This book is a lot like current young adult dystopian fiction.  The story is very creepy with the teens being picked off one by one.  I had read this book before, but I couldn't remember anything about it.  My experience ended up being like I was reading the book for the first time.

The book is excellent up until the end, when it quits making sense.  The ending is left open. After I read some reviews and thought about the story some more, I then understood better.  The story does make sense and is actually quite clever.

This is an excellent book.

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