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Monster

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,594 ratings  ·  146 reviews
She said she killed them because they were monsters. Mary Blanc walked into the party with a loaded shotgun. In the blink of an eye she blew two people away. She wanted to kill more, but was stopped by her best friend, Angela Warner, and the police. The next day, when Angela visits Mary at the jail, she asks why she did it. Mary responds, "Because they were no longer human ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 28th 2001 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 1992)
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Bobby Underwood
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“She had driven herself within an inch of death, and perhaps the alien organism that flowed in her veins had even helped her so far. But the human part of her couldn’t bear it. She was only eighteen. She didn’t want to die.”


Rarely can you use the terms powerful and poignant about a thriller with science fiction and horror elements aimed at teenagers, but it’s a testament to how good Christopher Pike is that you can with Monster. Don’t let the cover fool you; this is in many ways very adult, and
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Another re-read from my teenage years. Thankfully I have a crappy memory and forgot everything about the book other than how much I dig the cheesy, colorful cover.

While this one feels a little less complex than most of Pike's other works, Monster still wins in the plotting department. After Angela's friend Mary opens the book by walking in the door and shooting up some popular teens, Angela sets out to investigate why. Well, until she gets sidetracked by cute teenage jocks and weird Indian stori
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Erika
Jun 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was 11. All I remember are batlike creatures and lots of teenage sex. I ask nothing more.
PurplyCookie
"They were no longer human..."

This is my ultimate favorite out of all of Pike's books, second only to his equally terrifying horror masterpiece, "Whisper of Death".

"Monster" is very well written. It includes all the good ingredients of a classic horror novel, freaky metamorphosis included. Sometimes, it borders on downright horrifying. The main characters, as they struggle with the basic aspects of humanity and their new hunger are realistically done. This book does hint at evil, but it also off
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Grady Hendrix
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Angela Warner was on the couch finishing her third beer when Mary Blanc entered Jim Kline’s house carrying a loaded shotgun.”

Pike's best opening sentence.
Kim
Oof. This is another re-read of a book from my childhood. I didn't specifically remember the plot of this one, but the cover felt very familiar, and since I tore through every Christopher Pike book available, I certainly must have read this one too. But wow, this one was rough. ...

So I wrote this whole long review about the dumb plot of this book, the traditional Christopher Pike fat-shaming, the traditional Christopher Pike Native-American-as- magical-spirit-guide trope, the constant non-consen
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Katelynn
UGH finally! A lot of people say this is one of Pike's best but I thought it was a real snooze. It took me 70 years to read. However, the ending was BEYOND perfect, and it was hands down one of his best endings ever; I'll give him that for sure.

But they never explain why the dog's name is Plastic! In a book about sexy vampire aliens, I found that the hardest part to believe!
Natalie
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I realize now that my tastes haven't changed much since I was a kid. This was one of my favourite Christopher Pike books (aside from Scavenger Hunt) and it was perfectly creepy and bonkers. Parts of it have always stayed with me.
Sara
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many years later and I still remember this book - it starts out with a stunning scene and never lets up until the end. One of Pike's best thrillers.
Pixie
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Better than I expected. The pre-teen me would have really enjoyed this.
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
Angela is a relative newcomer to the small town of Point. She moved in with her grandfather after her parents went through an ugly divorce. She figures that Point will be quiet and peaceful, but she's wrong. Angela is at a party when Mary, her best friend, bursts in and starts shooting people with a shotgun. It's horrific, but Mary doesn't seem out of control - she seems to have some kind of goal. She tries to make Jim, her own boyfriend, her final victim, but Angela and a police officer manage ...more
Penny Landon
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a fan of Christopher Pike and this book did not disappoint. I loved how the focus was on the supernatural elements going on rather than spending so much time on the romance. It allowed the focus to be on Angela as a character rather than her strange relationship with Jim. I also liked how the ending wasn't cut and dry. The fact that the ending was not picture perfect contributed to its appeal. I do wish that this book had been a bit longer. It would have benefitted from anothe ...more
Jessica
Pike is so re-readable because there's always some matter of folklore or legend intertwined into his storylines. Though the plots may seem especially young adult, with titles like "Monster," there is much more involved in making his books creepy in a most realistic way. This book begins with a high school girl crashing a party with her shotgun and killing two people and trying to kill a third before her friend, Angela, stops her. I loved Angela's evolution through the book - the final page reall ...more
Yang
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advisorybooks
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Rachel
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Bonkers batshit crazy JUST LIKE I LOVE IT.
Daniel Stalter
This book was seriously fucked up in the best way possible. Monster wasted no time getting started and maintained a breakneck speed the entire story. I was initially curious about reading it with the present day context of gun violence in mind, but that didn’t pan out beyond the first chapter. I liked the journey of Angela’s character from beginning to end, and I appreciated Pike’s unflinching approach to raising the stakes throughout. The plot itself wasn’t particularly twisted, but it kept me ...more
Lynn K.
Short, sweet, to the point classic Pike batshit crazy story.

It is well written and Pike really shows that he can convey a rainbow of emotions with his words. It is also quite a bit more gruesome than most of the other 90s YA horror books I've read, including other books by Pike. It definitely felt aimed more towards older teens. One of my favorites so far.
Circa Girl
Monster breaks all the rules for teen fiction by throwing in as much gore, sensuality, language and existential dread as it can get away and still fit its market. That's probably why you loved Pike's books as teen, but why I love Pike now at 30 is because his mature style makes his work timeless and his crafting of a middle class suburbia hiding a disturbing paranormal secret doesn't insult your intelligence or sterilize the consequences of the horror faced. It holds up.
Melissa
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-teen, horror
This was a book from my childhood. I read it again and it is alright, but I have to give it props for being one of the few book genres I would read back then.
Helen
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: piece-of-cake
Just read this book a few nights ago, and oh-my-gosh, I was so surprised with this book! I couldn't sleep so I was desperately just trying to find a book to read, when I found this one. Now nobody in my family knows how this book ended up in our house, but I am so glad it did! I'm not really into paranormal stories because most of them are just really stupid these days, but this one sucked me right in. This was a pretty good book and I am now definitely a fan of Christopher Pike as I have seen h ...more
J
This was the second book from Pike and the one that has stayed within my head so much although I am not quite sure why. I was never one of the jocks or cheerleaders but nor was I ever the one who cared to fit into that particular world.

Anyway the story starts off with a bit of a rush and action then just continues to proceed along. The plot is highly driven with spots of deceptive calm, at times sickening faux romance and the swift progression of its action. The reader has problems with catchi
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Jeff Powers
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I picked this up on a whim when I saw a stack of old Christopher Pike's for about 50 cents a piece. I used to eat up these kinds of books when I was in the 5th and 6th grade. This is probably where my guilty pleasure of cheesy monster fiction, filled with ludicrous plots, gory violence, and unnecessary teen sex. I think I was rather surprised how much I enjoyed this empty headed horror adventure. It was fast paced and easy, enjoyable enough to toss back in an afternoon. While I wouldn't recommen ...more
Ameena Adel
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-books
I loved the story!Ive read two other Christopher Pike books but this is definitely my favorite.

Its basically a story about a girl (Mary) who goes to her boyfriends (Jim) party with a gun and she shoots 2 people then tries to kill Jim.
She fails to do so and the police catch her. When her best friend (Angela) visits her to ask why she did was she did she told her because they weren't human anymore.
Of course Angela didn't believe her at first. But then her research takes her to beliefs she never
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Merredith
Sep 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror lovers, vampire fans
Shelves: horror
I used to read Christopher Pike in 6th grade. I remember that my teacher had a box of them we could borrow..I read a lot back then (big surprise) but I don’t think I got through all of his (or R.L. Stine's) books, simply because I didn’t have access to them..they were mostly only in the book catalogs and I had no $ for that! So I read this one now as an adult. It stands up well to adult reading. I was surprised how sad it was..kind of depressing..and there were some things brought up that I woul ...more
Amanda
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Giving this a retroactive 5 stars because it disturbed and unsettled me way more then I could've imagined possible for the stephen-king-obsessed teenager that I was. Whereas other horror held me rapt with curiosity, fascination and a fear that was deliciously fun because I knew it all wasn't real, instead this one cut me at the bone making me baffled and sad. 20 years later I can tell you exactly what scene did it to me and what music I was listening to at the time (The Lion King Soundtrack, whi ...more
Christopher Fulbright
I love Pike’s spare, 80’s teen sci-fi horror books, and if you go into it expecting to be entertained more than intellectually engaged, then you won’t be disappointed. This one’s about a town’s water supply tainted by a space organism that came in on a meteor hundreds of years ago. Who drinks the most water in town? You guessed it — the jocks! The organism is really an alien life form that takes over all of the main character’s friends. Great suspense sustained throughout. Fast moving and enjoya ...more
Kati
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for the first time when I was 13 years old. I found a pile of Christopher Pike books at the thrift store, including this one, and gave it another pass to see what I thought 20 years later. It's a fun read - a bit out there, and a bit mature for a young adult novel but that's probably what attracted me to it as a 13 year old. I remember thinking of Christopher Pike as a grittier RL Stine. I'm glad I re-read it but as far as whether I'd recommend it: I have mixed feelings. It's go ...more
Lena
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book about fifteen years ago, and I still remember it was totally creepy, totally sad, and the best CP book I read back then. I still remember where the girl breaks her boyfriend's neck and eats him...oh my god. It still gives me chills. I can still remember the exact scene, the basement, how she scratched his scalp with her fingernail at first, just to have a little taste...*shudder*
Tammy
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
I disagree with the classification of this book as young adult. IMO, this book is more juvenile adult, with a slightly pulpy odor. The horror YA genre has really taken off with well written, lyrical, deeply moving stories like A Monster Calls, The Reapers are the Angels, and Rot and Ruin. This book is a pale, often silly imitation.
Jana Konbaz
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book is full with excitement, which made me not able to stop reading. It is full with secrets that include blood which is perfect if you like books about mysteries. The author describes the events and places very specifically, so I was able to imagine the scene effortlessly.I would defiantly recommend this book if you feel like reading something dramatic and frightening at the sometime.
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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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