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The Midnight Club by Christopher Pike
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Sep 02, 09

bookshelves: read-growing-up, young-adult, horror, fave-author
Read in September, 2009, read count: 3

Rotterdam Home, a hospice where teenagers with terminal illnesses went to die, was home to the Midnight Club--a group of five young men and women who met at midnight and told stories of intrigue and horror. One night they made a pact that the first of them to die would make every effort to contact the others . . . from beyond the grave.

Honestly, this book has not much to do with the caption that graces it's back. While it does follow the lives of young adults dying at a hospice, the first dying member doesn't bring the remaining grief. While the caption may mislead, the book is still great.

While it is true that the five characters meet at the stroke of midnight to tell each other scary made-up stories such: "Eddie Takes A Step Out", "The Devil and Dana" and "Sidney Burns Down His School" each member also harbours an unmistakable fear about dying. They all ponder over one final question, What happens when they finally do die? So they make a pact so that the first to die will come back and give the group a sign if there's life after death. It turns out to be one sign that they realize has more of a profound meaning then they first anticipated, but it's one that they all depend on in the end.

At the same time, Ilonka begins to have dreams of past lives, she remembers vividly life in Ancient Egypt, Ancient India and medieval Europe. The strange thing is that all the lives are connected to Kevin, a member of club Ilonka felt that she always knew from the first time she met him. Kevin's continuing story "The Magic Mirror" revolves around an angel and the misguided woman he loves, a story which is strangely parallel to the lives that Ilonka remembers.

Pike has a tendency to write an ending that leaves the reader in shock, devastated even of what happened to the main character, yet at the same time you cannot truly feel sad because usually, what happened to that character, was in reality the best that could happen to that character. Like Roald Dahl, Pike succeeds because he doesn't write "down" to his audience.


Book Details:

Title The Midnight Club
Author Christopher Pike
Reviewed By Purplycookie
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