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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,290 ratings  ·  111 reviews
I once knew this girl who thought she was God. She didn’t give sight to the blind or raise the dead. She didn’t even teach anything, not really, and she never told me anything I probably didn’t already know.

On the other hand, she didn’t expect to be worshipped, nor did she ask for money. Given her high opinion of herself, some might call that a miracle.

I don’t know, maybe
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Tor Books (first published 1991)
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Jo
I think this book is perfect after a big change in one's life, a change that leaves you lost, confused, and unsettled in your own skin. Sati was divine when I first read it (at 16) and now, a decade later, it continues to calm and direct me. Ten years and I still get lost on the same spiritual path. The message, of course, remains the same. It always has, but we humans have short memories. The great teachers of the world have never wavered. The book draws from the spiritual principles of all the ...more
Preeti
Reviewed in 2004.]

I would put this book on the same level as Siddhartha. It explores religion without really calling it religion, without it really being religion. Sati is a simple, blonde, blue-eyed woman who says she is God and that she has come to play in her world.

She doesn't want to teach, she doesn't want to have a following per se, but all she wants is for people to be happy. We exist to increase her joy, which is already infinite.

Whether or not she is God, her message is simple: through
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Izzy
Eh. Preachy. I love me some Christopher Pike and re-read his stuff on the regular. Any reader of his work knows how spiritual it can get, even in the midst of some bizarre horror plot line. Sati seems like it might have been his labor of love, and Pike's style is still distinct. Yet it is slow to the point of boring (though blessedly short) and vague (almost as if he didn't want to get that far into the subject matter). In my opinion, this resulted in a novel that skirted the issues he REALLY wa ...more
Jill Furedy
I unboxed a bunch of old Pike and LJ Smith books from my teenage years and thought...I should reread these and see if they are still any good. Not that they would have expired and gone bad with age, but my opinion of them could have. I saw the republished Thirst and Remember Me but finally picked up the newly rereleased Sati to begin with. It's described as one of Pike's adult novels, which makes sense when most teenage books feature teenagers, not divorcees. But nothing in it was particularly " ...more
Renee
When I was in middle school, Christopher Pike was the more mature version of R.L. Stine...only girls who enjoyed being scared out of their wits read his books. My sister had this book, and I remember reading it expecting another scary horror twist. This is not your normal Christopher Pike book. This is a spiritual novel, only shelved in young adult or horror because bookstores want Pike fans to be able to find all of his books in one place. When I was a little kid trying to read this, a great de ...more
Zina
Did not like, the only reason I did read it was...guilty as charged because of its cover, I know I know.

But frankly the novel is a complete stereotype, the whole "a trucker dude hitchhikes a majestic lady in white which by the way has really long blond hair and turns out to be a goddess I mean dude what is this Joy Ride? no wait I think that's something else. Anyway wait I hated the most were those supposedly peaceful sessions where you had an out of mind experience oh and offcourse the mouth-wa
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Ceecee
What can I say, I'm into Hindu/Buddhist/New Age-y concepts and that kind of stuff. Granted, Sati doesn't really tell us anything new, but the things she does tell us, are worth retelling.


"Why be optimistic about the future? Why be pessimistic? Why not see things as they are? The present is always filled with joy, and love...If you were to live fully in the moment for only a moment, the stress and strain of your entire life would be washed away."

“Enjoy your life. No curse hangs over you, nor di
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A.J.
A few things stuck in my craw:

- Sati (the character) is not preachy, but the narrative more than makes up for it. This story, Pike's first "adults only" novel, is about as subtle as an after-school special.

- The reader is never really made to connect with Sati, and is never given a character to sympathize with. Sati is too perfect. "Ordinary" characters are too villainous. The villains are - well, you get the point.

- Clearly we are meant to believe that Sati is telling the absolute truth about b
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dara
A truck driver picks up a beautiful young woman named Sati who claims to be God. She teaches the virtue of inner silence and seeking happiness and joy for oneself. Taking the best traits of religion, and discarding the less favorable ones,--such as the concept of Hell--the book presents a view of God that is easier to want to accept than many traditional religions, but remains just as unclear in its answers. It's an interesting premise, but despite being Christopher Pike's first adult fiction, i ...more
Rachelle
Sati is a beautiful, spiritual book, and I highly recommend it for everyone, but especially those starting out on their spiritual paths. I found this book to be perfect, but my experience of reading it might have been more enjoyable a few years ago, when the spiritual principles presented in it were newer to me. Still, Sati serves as a good reminder of these principles, and on top of that, it made me feel very calm and connected, which is always a miracle.
Sara
This book deviated greatly from the norm of Pike's typical novels, exploring themes of religion and life and death rather than just life and death. It explores the metaphysical, and it a book meant, I believe, to make the reader contemplate the questions it raises more than it intends to entertain - though it certainly does do that as well.
Misty
I remember loving this book when I was a kid (I mean, I was a devoted Pike fan anyway, but this one was near the top for me), so when I saw this beautifully repackaged version, I figured I'd be picking it up sometime...Borders had it today for 50¢!
Sarah Schmitt
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it several times over the years and every time I get something different out of it. And every time I cry at the end.
Lisa Marie Ellis
I read this when I was a young teenager and it has stuck with me ever since. I re-read it again a couple of years ago and it had about the same effect on my "adult person".
Chy
Michael Winters is a truck driver that doesn’t consider himself a truck driver. Then, one late night out on the road, he sees a young lady sitting cross-legged beside the road and picks her up. She ends up riding back to California with him where she starts to have meetings where she says she’s God.

She doesn’t perform great miracles and she doesn’t ask for anything. She just speaks and teaches people to find their silence. And, of course, there’s some doubt as to whether or not she’s really God
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Evan
I've been reading Christopher Pike for 20 years now. We're old friends, he and I. This book was originally published in the 80's when AIDS really started showing it's ugly face. I'm sure, back then, this book pushed some boundaries. Rereading it now, where cancer and global warming has out-scared the public, it's a modern parable. Oddly, this recent publication of it has discussion material in the back. Are people teaching this book in high school?

I would've never thought one of my favorite auth
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Melissa
This was a very interesting book. I actually didn't know anything about the book going into it so I was very surprised by the topic matter. This is a book about religion, sorta.

Michael is doing a run home in his truck when he spots a hitchhiker along the road. A very pretty girl with blonde hair becomes his passenger back to Los Angeles, and surprisingly enough, a guest in his apartment. But then she declares that she is god and sets about to prove it, not by performing any miracles or healing p
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Donna
How did we end up here?

I saw it on the shelf of a liquidating Borders store, saw it was Christopher Pike, and I snagged it. It’s that simple. Except it was on the YA shelf, probably because it’s Christopher Pike. It’s not YA. The blurb on Goodreads calls it his first adult novel and there’s nothing about the text that would otherwise indicate YA. The protagonist is an older man going through a bad divorce and has a kid. Not very YA. And I’m okay with it. The cover is very YA but it’s misleading,
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Ellie
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Lena
I suppose what frustrates me about this book is that I feel the sentiments were wasted. To be frank, Christopher Pike is either a poor writer or has a dreadful editor. I kept wishing I could rewrite segments for him, or slash through the numerous grammatical errors with a red pen. Sati is a book with so much potential, but it's spoiled by the bad writing. The characterization is painfully unrealistic, and the descriptions are stale and repetitive. Pike's intentions are somehow simultaneously tra ...more
Alex Telander
Originally released in 1991, Tor recently re-released one of bestselling author Christopher Pike’s most spiritual books with Sati, as the author essentially writes of the Second Coming in the form of a beautiful, young blond girl, who is able to make anyone do pretty much anything; but then she is God after all.

Michael is a man in his early thirties looking to do something with his life and get out of the truck driving business; meanwhile the months and years continue to pass by, while his daugh
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lisa
I ended up grabbing Sati off the shelf, cos I haven't read it in a while and I knew I could put it down with no regrets if it didn't really catch my attention.

Of course, as always, it caught my attention and reminded me how much I love it, Christopher Pike, and the world in general.

It's one of those books that I can't reread all the time because it's slow-paced and character-driven and philosophical and I know it all like the back of my hand, but I still try to get through it once a year because
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Roewoof
This was horrible, and painful to read.

I don't know where to begin.

Sati is the name of a Hindu holy figure but the character is a blonde that the narrator can't seem to stop wanting to sleep with.

The concept of this story was ripped off Richard Bach's Illusions. His worked. I knew exactly what was happening in this novel because Illusions is one of my favorite metaphysical novels.

Bleh.
Sabrina
Sati is an incredible novel. I've been a fan of Christopher Pike for years now, but this book honestly blew me away. Pike is predominantly known as a supernatural/horror/science fiction writer, but this book is far from those aforementioned genres (other than fantasy).

What I loved about this novel is that it's a story about human nature. It's clear that Pike is very well-read on Eastern philosophies as well as the Christian Bible, and I thoroughly enjoyed how he interwoven both schools of though
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Danielle
This was one of those books that was on my bookshelf at home from my older sister, or else I honestly would never have come across it. I've never read another Christopher Pike novel to compare it too, but from what I've heard, its unlike any of his other stories.

However I can tell you about this book. It's one of those spiritual-journey type stories. It follows Sati, who is a peaceful and beautiful woman (and drifter) and the lives she touches. She also claims she's God. But she doesn't smite pe
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X-tina
"I once knew this girl who thought she was God. She didn't give sight to the blind or raise the dead, and she didn't even teach anything- not really, and she never told me anything I didn't already know-"

all that from memory...i adored this book when i read it, so many years ago...but it's one that i've never forgotten
Tishka
I loved this book when I read it back in the day, it was the first book I'd ever read that hinted at a religious world view other than traditional Christianity. Hugely influential in retrospect.
Jeni Q.
This was one of my favorite books growing up. I've revisited it several times since then and have found new appreciation for it every time.
Michael
How strange this book seemed to me. For starters, I am utterly baffled that this work came from Christopher Pike. If it had been a book written by Richard Bach, I would have not batted an eye. But Sati does not seem to conform to the other works of fiction that Pike has penned.

Also, I am struck by the very real philosophy explored within this book. I do not, for a second, believe that the topics discussed are fictional or extrapolated fiction. I know them to be very real, and find it strange tha
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Elizabeth
I have never read a Christopher Pike book that I didn't consider to be at least a 4 star, but this was a real stinker. The basic premise of the book is intriguing and original. A mysterious stranger is picked up as a hitch hiker and the reader slowly begins to understand that this stranger is actually some kind of ancient being. But then the book contains nothing but boring dialogue between the only two characters in the entire book while they drive on and endlessly on and nothing happens. I can ...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
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“Enjoy your life. No curse hangs over you, nor did it ever. No devil chases after your soul. Sing and dance and be merry.” 32 likes
“A true teacher would never tell you what to do. But he would give you the knowledge with which you could decide what would be best for you to do.” 28 likes
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