on July 1st, 1993
On vacation in Greece with her parents and her best friend, Josie stumbles upon an ancient artifact while visiting the sacred island of Delos. Enchanted by the tiny statue of a goddess, Josie takes it with her when she leaves the island--and her troubles begin.
Format: Owned Hardback
Midnight Minute: Josie and Helen have a toxic friendship that only gets worse when the girls travel to Greece and Josie begins to dream about ancient Gods.
~ I love Greek mythology, and I was pretty convinced that Pike knew that and wrote this book for me back when it came out in 1993. I still think this might be true.
~ Although I had already been obsessed with Greek mythology, this book kicked off my desire to visit the Greek islands. This has made my life difficult, as I do not have a Greek Island vacations sort of job and Greece seems kind of scary these days.
~ Josie and Helen have an odd, but understandable, friendship. When we’re younger we tend to keep the same friends, even when we’ve already outgrown them. Josie and Helen are coming out of a rough time in their friendship, both having been ill the past year and both having dated the same boy (Ralph had broken up with Helen, but still, Josie, sisters before misters!).
~ Josie is not the easiest of Pike’s characters to love. She is not the best friend to Helen, but then again the girls are fairly competitive. The word frenemies comes to mind…
~ Josie, her dad, his girlfriend and Helen, travel to Mykonos, but it is the island of Delos that much of the real action goes down.
~ Despite the fact that Helen already has a crush on Tom, who works on the island, Josie takes a shine to him. And he is obviously more interested in Josie than Helen.
~ Josie’s dad is a successful screen writer, suffering from writer’s block. Josie often helps her dad out with his ideas, and I really enjoyed the screen play he was working on, and was infinitely happy that we get to find out the ending of it. Plus, it worked well as a sub-plot.
~ A story of the Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus is also woven into Josie and Helen’s tale, but it is one that Pike has created himself. It’s every bit as good as any myth I’ve ever read, perhaps even more intricate.
~ Pascal, Tom’s friend, is so sweet and hot, both girls are idiots to ignore him to fight over Tom.
~ Pascal tells a story of a little boy, paralyzed from an accident, who woke up from a coma with an incredible gift for painting. Tom’s theory of how other parts of the brain awaken after injury was pretty interesting. I would have loved to have explored that more, but who knows, maybe Pike will someday!
~ Aside from Josie and Helen’s modern day story, the trial of Greek goddess Sryope is also told. Most of my favorite parts of The Immortal came from the past myth.
~ There is a scene at the end which probably explains why I don’t completely trust people who won’t eat red meat. Of course, it also should have put me off red meat, but I’m Irish so steaks are kind of my thing.
~ Not my all time favorite Pike book, I prefer his more realistic mysteries like Final Friends or Slumber Party, but I love that his teen characters are so real. That was a rarity back in the 80’s and 90’s. I think his old YA books withstand the test of time. And of course, I love his new stuff.
Helen– Josie’s best friend, quiet but competitive.
Tom– British hottie, briefly had a fling with Helen a year ago.
Pascal– Tom’s hottie French friend who works with children in France and sells vegetables on Mykonos.
Mr. Goodwin– Josie’s screen-writing dad.
Sylvia– aka Silk, dating Josie’s dad.
Ralph– Helen and Josie’s ex-boyfriend.
Samuel– a little boy Pascal talks about.
Sryope– goddess, daughter of the muse Thalia, on trial for murdering another Greek goddess.
Phthia– daughter of Tyche, granddaughter of Zeus, friend of Sryope.
Aeneas- half mortal son of Aphrodite.
Alecto– one of the three Greek Furies.
Apollo– by the time of Sryope and Phthia, he’s in charge of Mount Olympus as Zeus and Hera have left long ago.
Stop The Clock:
As you know, I love Christopher Pike! I can’t help it. He’s the reason I kept wandering to the YA section once I hit 18, which led to me finding books like Twilight- which led to Hunger Games- which led to book blogging and now a wonderfully huge YA book world being opened to me. Even more that any other author, Pike helped turn me into the reader I am today. I really believe that he’s an author who doesn’t get his fair share of attention- the man is amazing! Also, if you haven’t signed up for my Christopher Pike Reading Challenge, there’s still plenty of time. A small giveaway and mid-check up post will be up later this month (once I make the switch to WordPress).
Christopher Pike— Website |He’s notoriously private and so he doesn’t have a website, so here’s a link to his Simon & Schuster page.
The Immortal gets a Midnight Book Rating of: