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The Season of Passage

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,270 ratings  ·  178 reviews
Dr. Lauren Wagner was a celebrity. She was involved with the most exciting adventure mankind had ever undertaken. The whole world admired and respected her.

But Lauren knew fear.

Inside--voices entreating her to love them.

Outside--the mystery of the missing group that had gone before her. The dead group.
But where they simply dead?

Or something else?

A terrifying novel of horro...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 15th 1993 by Tor Books (first published 1992)
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Caroline
Oct 06, 2008 Caroline rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Non sci-fi readers who dare to take a chance
Recommended to Caroline by: No one. I happen to stumble upon it
First of all, to really get why I've chosen this as one of my favorites, you must know the deep love affair I've had with Christopher Pike. Growing up in my neighborhood, it was either Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, or for the more dramatic ones, Cynthia Voight. I ate all of Mr. Pike's books up and from the horror genres, I moved up to the eerie drama/thriller collections of V.C. Andrews. But I never forgot Christopher Pike and my obsession with his stuff.

I remember going to Barnes and Nobles one...more
Jen
First of all, I can't believe all of Christopher Pike's books are on here. And that I've read them. And that people are actually reviewing them. He was my jam when I was young. They were for me what mystery novels are for middle-aged housewives. I devoured his books. This is one of his adult offerings, and I loved it. Vampires on Mars. Really, I'm not kidding. I was reading this around the time Under the Pink came out and I spent a lot of time in my room contemplating life and this book and wish...more
Bill
What a shame that this book is no longer in print.
If not for Goodreads, I would never have heard of it, and being out of print, I figured it would be another of those long searched-for novels that would stay on my to-read list forever.
But, last month yielded a major used book score, including this one!

Well, it sure held up to the hype. Maybe it was because this was exactly what I needed at the time, but I must say that this was one of the more enjoyable reads I had this year. It's definitely not...more
Eternity Waits
This has to be one of my favourite books ever.

The first time I read this was after my cousin gave me a bunch of books that she no longer wanted to hold onto. This one seemed quite interesting to me, and I devoured it repeatedly over the years.

It is definitely my most worn paperback novel.

The story is very sci-fi thriller in genre, and I enjoy that aspect, however the genre isn't what caught me. The beautiful story-telling and the connections that are created in the book, aside from the frighten...more
Ashlie Nelson
I really love this book and have read it literally 20 times or more over the years. I wish there was another book to follow this story. I really fell in love with Princess Chaneen and her people. The fantasy story within the story that kept coming up throughout the book was one of the most exiting parts I believe
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Wordsmith Johnson
Read it when got oh, so old and mature, too old and mature for Christopher Pike's teen-themed horror novels. I liked it, but I never liked his adult fiction as much as his teen fiction...and I absolutely loved his teen fiction. I just think he writes better from the adolescent voice. Still, it has the trademark haunting qualities, in a way.
Maryam
Aug 06, 2007 Maryam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes bone chilling horror
Shelves: readinhighschool
This book was one of my favorites in high school. It is still for me one of hte most terrifying books I have ever read, and I don't even know what it was about the book that struck such a cord of terror! One of the few Pike books that was written more towards adults than teens.
Josh
There are really only four words you need to hear to understand this book: Lizard vampires from Mars. I'm sure those of you of a certain age range will remember Christopher Pike from his popular young adult horror novels that graced every book store the nation over during a time period. This was the second of his "adult" works, and boy is it batshit insane.

This is the story of Dr. Lauren Wagner, a medical doctor who is taken on a trip to the fourth rock from the sun despite being the most irres...more
Justin
I'm going to be self-indulgent for a moment and use this space to rant about authors from the '80s and '90s updating their books for re-release. I don't like it. It's stupid, unnecessary, annoying, and mostly seems to involve the author throwing in a line or two about how cell phones don't work in the middle of wherever the characters are stranded where bad things are happening to them.

Christopher Pike chose not to update this book (possibly because it's marketed for adults, and apparently publi...more
Nanci
Updated April 2012: Yup, still just as good. Want to cry now. :(


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I first read this book when I was 12 or 13 and I can't count the number of times I've read it since. This book appealed to me because it was about space, and at that age I was certain I was going to be an astronaut when I grew up. I became engrossed in the story and couldn't put it down. It's hard for me to put into words why I like this book so much. Just reading the first 50 pages again, I can tell that it's not spectacularly...more
PurplyCookie
In 1996, the first unmanned space probe to land on Mars sent back sensational analyses (including secret pictures of huge footprints) before going dead. Four years later, the Russian crew of the manned Lenin loses contact in mid-mission. When the first American crew, which includes Dr. Lauren Wagner as medical officer, lands there in 2002, the mysteries expand rather than resolve, and author Pike hits top suspense with the American team discovering a Russian cosmonaut still alive in his bed in t...more
Kimberly
Wow, 20 years ago (holy cow, that was painful to type!) this was the first book to scare the bejeezus out of me. I had voraciously consumed all of Christopher Pike's tween-thrillers up to this point, but my palette wasn't quite prepared for the depth of creepy/scary flavor that Season of Passage contained. I remember reading about 80% of the book, then arriving at a convenient chapter break and hiding the book at the bottom of my underwear drawer. I think I finally finished it 2 or 3 years later...more
Sean Nelson
My Wife talked me into reading this book. She has read it lots of times so I finally gave in and so glad that I did. From my understanding he is more of a young adult Author, but does write Adult books as well. This is one of his adult books. I was drawn into the story very quickly and you really become attached to all the characters. I would categorize this as Horror/ Sci Fi. I know there are allot of books that take place and have to do with Mars right now. That seems to be a big thing, but th...more
Kindra Gillis
I first read this book about 15 years ago, and to date, I have read it more times than I can count. This is THE book to which I compare all other horror novels. I have recommended this book, and will continue to recommend it, to absolutely anyone who wants a good scare. I still get chills when I read this book - and usually even have a nightmare or two. Pike shows in his adult novels, especially this one (and Falling, another book that I highly recommend) that he has much more to offer than teen...more
Karyl
I read this book when it first came out, seventeen years ago, and images from it have still stuck in my head. I'm not one of those people who can remember everything about every book she's ever read, so for me to remember this one so vividly is a mark of Christopher Pike's amazing writing. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning reading -- and then had to sleep with the lights on because I was so scared. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers or science fiction o...more
Jaxy
This book is not without its flaws. The science in the book is laughable, really; one has to suspend disbelief and throw their knowledge of space right out the window when reading this book. Perhaps I forgive it easily because I've loved this book since I was about 12 (and am now thirty), but it is still, and most-likely always will be, one of my favorite novels of all time. It is indeed outdated, though, and every time I read it, I become more aware of that, but to me, it is still magical.
Elizabeth
Christopher Pike was my favorite author as a teenager. I was thrilled to find out that he's since written several adult novels. The Season of Passage was the one I chose to read and I was thrilled, I enjoyed it every bit as much as his early work. It's that old story of astronauts landing on Mars to find secret horrors but with a really new twist. I also enjoyed the fact that he wove the characters relationships into the plot, something I've always loved about his work.
Jo
I will never gaze upon the night sky the same way again. Right now, there is a Mars simulation being conducted by the European Space Agency in Moscow. http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Mars500/S...

This brings me great fear. Have they not read the Season of Passage? This is easily the best Christopher Pike novel. It is detailed, brilliant, full of wisdom and gore, and it literally scared the shitbuckets out of me.
Clinton
What else can I say about Mr. Christopher Pike that hasn't already been said? Each novel that I've read, I've been so enticed by (to say the very least). He creates wonderful characters, a thrilling and creative story while not getting overly complicated with it as well, and definitely has his twists and turns throughout the novel(s).

Growing up, I wasn't much of a book reader. Fortunately since I've hit my 20s, I've started diving into novels even more so and Christopher Pike is leading the way...more
Kathryn Lowe
This book! If I could give it more than a five star rating I would!
When I first read this book when it was released it was my favourite book, I reread it continuously and I still think about this book today.. it is due a reread!

I know it's quite a simplistic story.. vampires (kind of) on Mars, but it is so much more than that, the history and world building is just phenomenal, as you are reading it you feel like you are there along with the characters.
And the book within the book is as great as...more
Rachel
Dec 02, 2008 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys science fiction/fantasy/horror
Recommended to Rachel by: a friend in high school!
i don't care what anyone says. this is the best science fiction/horror book i've read so far. it's beautiful and sad and scary and awesome. i still think that stephen king is overrated, and christopher pike is severely underrated. please give it a chance.
Phoe
Starts of well but gradually collapses under it's own weight like a jelly made with an overly large mould.
Jenni
Jul 20, 2007 Jenni rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: H.S.-ers
Enjoyed this in High School, but not sure if I'd recomment it to my friends now. :-)
Sophie
VAMPIRES LIVE ON MARS, AND THEY WANT TO KILL YOU.
Apriel
This is probably my favorite book of all time. The first time I read this book was when I was in the eighth grade. I read it once a year every year after that until I graduated. I have never read another book that many times. In fact, there are very few books that I've ever read more than once because there are simply too many books out there that I want to read. Once and done and moving on... During the college years it didn't get read but I told everyone I knew about it and happily loaned out...more
The Snowman
Before continuing, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXBBGj...

This is how I'd describe Season of Passage. The writing was just... my god. What the fuck? This 400 page tome is just bristling with corny gems: "I can't leave Michael for the medics to find. He might wake up in the morgue later and bite off someone else's balls."

WHAT?! Is this book for real? I've never seen a book that had a decent idea propelled by such weird execution. So much of this book spoon feeds you what just happen...more
Adam Wilson
Christopher Pike is an author that never fails to make me feel emotion when I read. Now, I know what you must be thinking. "Reading is supposed to always make you feel

emotions." Well, it doesn't. I enjoy it, but not too many authors can make me feel more than curious about the story. Pike's novels usually make me sad which I'm sure I

have mentioned before in a review. The Season of Passage is yet another emotional rollercoaster of feelings. Sadly though, the book has little else going for it. S...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Feb 05, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Gerri's Gift
The novel is an intriguing blend of space opera, horror story with a very traditional monster, and even touches of high fantasy. In 2004 the second manned expedition to Mars is launched by the Americans with a crew of six that includes medical officer Dr Lauren Wagner. The first manned mission by the Russians a few years before mysteriously disappeared--and just before the mission is launched the American crew is told of a mysterious footprint that showed up in a photograph from an unmanned prob...more
Jamie White
This book, one of Pike's adult novels, tells the tale of a space crew who embarks of a mission to mars in order to find out what happened to the first people to explore the planet. Along the way, they encounter things they never believed possible.

I remember reading this book for the first time back in the '90s and getting chills. The whole mission to mars was a tense ride and Pike builds the anticipation gradually, revealing bits and pieces of the puzzle in doses that leave you wanting more.

Wh...more
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm...more
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