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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 were they simply dead?Or something else?A terrifying novel of horrorDr. 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 were they simply dead?Or something else?A terrifying novel of horror--and, surprisingly, of salvation--from one of America's bestselling writers.A novel you won't forget....

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The Season of Passage Reviews

  • Caroline
    2019-03-30 00:08

    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 day with a friend and going to the young adult section to scope the books of our day. Being nostalgic. We were then discussing the transition of certain authors from Young Adult to Adult genres. I happen to come upon a Christopher Pike book that peaked my interest.Even the front cover was so different than his other books I knew I had to read it.It was the first sci-fi[ish] book I'd read and was amazed I didn't fall asleep reading it. It had this eerie feel to it. The characters were so much deeper than previous characters of the same author. It's one of those books you'll always remember. Even up to now....almost 10 years later, I still find myself getting sucked back into reading it. A must-read!!

  • Jen
    2019-03-23 18:59

    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 wishing I could somehow go to Mars because it sounded so cool - even the vampire part. Come on, who didn't want to be a vampire at some point in their life? Was I the only one?

  • Ashlie Nelson
    2019-04-15 18:13

    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

  • Josh
    2019-04-20 21:02

    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 irresponsible and incompetent practitioner of medicine ever portrayed in literature. She leaves behind her angelic younger sister Jennifer (spoiler alert: she's actually magic) and her unbearable alcoholic, passively misogynistic, hack-writer fiance Terry. Taking this journey into space with her is Jim "wise old mentor type", Gary "Ken doll turned astronaut", Bill "I'm the captain of the ship", and Jesse "I'm black". They are sent on their noble trek to the stars by the U.S. government after a Russian team went there and never came back. Mystery shrouds the disappearance of the Russian team and thus the U.S. team is only informed of the fact that there MIGHT BE ALIENS THERE YOU GUYS directly before take off. Turns out there is in fact life of a sort on Mars but it's Lizard Vampires From Mars.The science that is portrayed in this book in regards to the technology used and the characteristics of space / Mars is so amazingly unbelievable / inaccurate so as to add a layer of insane to a tapestry of illogic that hardly even seems possible. Pike really reached for the golden ring on this one. What type of insane, might you ask? Let's just say that nuclear bombs, magic rings, Martian tidal waves and volcanoes, and novels about sentient cockroaches all get their time in the sun before you're halfway into this opus.Long story short, this is one of the pulpiest, hackiest, off the wall novels ever written, particularly in that niche market of Lizard Vampires From Mars novels. So obviously I loved every minute of it. Would totally recommend.

  • Bill
    2019-03-24 23:56

    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 the best written book, nor did it have had the most fully developed characters I've come across, but if your thing is science fiction with a horror slant, you'd be hard pressed to find a more engaging tale. The story involves a NASA crew traveling to Mars to investigate thedisappearance of a Russian crew. Paralleling this is a fantasy story written by the protagonist's teen sister. This is all you need to know, I won't spoil anything. Not since Rendezvous With Rama or Rama II have I been so engaged with the haunting exploration of an alien landscape. The book just about jumped out of my hands one night when someone had banged a car door shut outside my home.Now, before you get the impression that this is badly written with undeveloped characters, I should retract that a statement a bit. The characters are developed just fine, and there was one paragraph that had such a moving description of loss that I had to stop and marvel at it. I don't believe in including quotes in reviews, so I'll just say this occurred about 3/4 of the way through. You'll know it when you read it.Be on the lookout for this used bookstore gem.

  • Sraah
    2019-04-12 21:55

    I first read this book when I was 12 or 13, that was over 10 years ago, and it was one of the books that started my love of reading. I'm glad I enjoyed it still after all this time. A theme I've always loved was in this book, life being a circle, and it's nice to know that started at such a young age, I somehow always find myself reading books about it without even being aware ahead of time it'll be mentioned, and I like that synchronicity.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-09 15:53

    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.

  • Nanci Schwartz
    2019-03-22 22:02

    Updated April 2012: Yup, still just as good. Want to cry now. :(-----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 written. The language is pretty simple, and the characters seem like stock figures chosen from a catalogue of characters. Come 2012, the idea of launching a mission to Mars in 2004 seems quaint. BUT, this book is enthralling and compelling and all those other adjectives that keep you turning the page until way past your bedtime. I grew to love all of the characters and felt their joys and sorrows. The mission to Mars is a fantastic story but it becomes something much more than that. Something about it just strikes deep in my soul, as cheesy as that sounds. I've read several other of Christopher Pike's novels, including a lot of his young adult novels, and am generally positive about his work. But this book - this is one book I will probably keep rereading until the day I die.

  • Maryam
    2019-04-16 23:53

    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.

  • Lordshiva
    2019-04-15 17:00

    I truly love Christopher pike.....his books have something very few authors have....extremely inventive and creative storytelling abilities...I have read a LOT of books by a LOT of different authors and pike is a master above masters. Anyways on to review...this book is truly something else...its not perfect but it is creative and fascinating. There will always be books for everyone but not every book is good for everyone.People seem to think this book is about vampires on mars....that's all I see...but in reality this book is about the weaving lives of people and reincarnation through thousands of years. Pikes story within a story gives us insight into the war between the ancient first humans the sastra and the asurians..a race far more ancient and on their last desperate legs. There was a war fought between them long ago but then the asurians desperateness came to be too much and their king devised a plan to be young again.The main story surrounds the expedition to mars and the return of the ancient sastra queen chaneen into Jennifer's being as she is the current incarnation of this goddess but until she writes her story after she receives her ancient ring one from one of the astronauts travelling to mars she doesn't understand who she truly is. Hints are given throughout that her power is returning when she is able to control the fire around her. Lauren,Jennifer's sister, is part of both stories of course and as they say history repeats itself...I can't give it all away.This story does have vampiric qualities and near the end it'd more prominent but I would say instead that its more an ampncient race is returning and they are not the same as us humans so they do different things...the word asura means demon and the asurians are clearly the bad guys in the story...violators of the natural order and pike takes a very interesting approach to history and why mars is a red planet stripped of life and air. The sentence "I see you brought the fire" is important and in my review its not powerful but the way pike uses it in his story raises deep emotions within me and the bringing of the fire in the story is so powerful I am brought to tears because of how intense and powerful its used in the book.I hope you read this book and find out how powerful this story is because I am truly sad at those who have not yet got to read this amazing book. Please take a chance because I think you would be surprised.

  • PurplyCookie
    2019-03-24 16:15

    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 the orbiting Lenin, despite a freezing temperature in the ship. To be sure, he seemingly has no pulse and answers all questions with a fixed zombie grin that never wavers. When he leads the Americans below to comb the Martian surface by jeep and by foot, and then into a dark cave where they discover something very much like water, the reluctant reader begins shouting warnings.This was, I believe, the only story I have ever read that actually creeped me out a bit when I was reading. The part where they head into the cave and find the island, don't read that at night, when you're by yourself. Or do--it makes it all the more spine-tingling. An intriguing subplot concerning Lauren's earthbound sister and a story she is writing--which appears to be a telepathically received fable about Mars becoming a wasteland of ghouls--is not strong enough to redeem the outlandish main events. Long before the Nova heads home, most readers will have abandoned ship.The ending just wrapped the whole thing up too easily by twisting the two stories together, and that disappointed me. I wanted something fresh, something unexpected and I didn't get it. Book Details: Title The Season of PassageAuthor Christopher Pike Reviewed By Purplycookie

  • Bmj2k
    2019-04-13 18:09

    This book lost points because of a few issues.1- The second story, of the aliens. This is basically a slow moving, creepy sci-fi tale, but it alternates with a fast paced fantasy tale with a totally different tone and feel. While I appreciate the importance of that tale, Pike could have introduced the backstory totally differently, perhaps having the astronauts discover it from artifacts on Mars, or even Terry discovering it from some research on Earth. The second story completely took me out the book. Frankly, if it were removed completely the novel would not lose a thing.2- The Professor's tale of finding the ring in India. This was a totally generic "lost world" story of the kind that has been done the same way for over a century. It was generic and unnecessary. 3- The cave, lake, and island on Mars was much too close to the section of The Hobbit where Bilbo meets Gollum, before Gandalf manages to open the gates to Moria. Pike even seems to recognize it himself, giving a wink to the reader by having one of the astronauts quote that section of The Hobbit.4- While I found the Mars section genuinely scary and atmospheric, for a book that could be described as "vampires on Mars," there were pretty few vampires on Mars.

  • Wordsmith Johnson
    2019-04-13 20:07

    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.

  • Sophie
    2019-04-01 23:57


  • Phoenix
    2019-04-05 21:15

    Starts of well but gradually collapses under it's own weight like a jelly made with an overly large mould.

  • StarMan
    2019-03-22 23:04

    3-word summary: Creepy Mars expedition.My rating: 2.75 blood droplets, rounded to 3. First line: It was a nightmare. But Lauren Wagner did not know that. It's often that way with bad dreams.SEASON OF PASSAGE opens in 2004, as an American-Japanese crew prepare to sleep-hibernate their way to Mars -- obstensibly to determine the fate of the Russians who preceeded them. Our main stars are a lady surgeon/astronaut and her Earth-bound beau, though other characters play major roles. As you probably know, this book has some creepy in it. Be sure to read this sci-fi/horror book alone, late at night... preferably far from civilization. I had some problems with this tale, but it definitely was entertaining. I didn't care for the mostly-uninspired character cutouts (smart lady doctor, alcoholic writer, smartass pilot, wise scientist, etc.), but I had fun guessing the order in which they would be taking red dirt naps. The woo-woo stuff actually starts before the astronauts depart Earth. Of course, at the red planet, things escalate to creepy to terrifying to.... Which Idiots Will Survive?It slowly becomes quite the unholy sci-fi/horror mashup, though there's a bit of a love story woven throughout. But wait -- there's also a story within the story. And there's also a character who is The Most Beautiful Girl Who's Ever Lived. Confused yet? Just hang in there, and start tallying up the body count.In spite of many issues with the 2-star writing/realism/intelligence, this book is a 3-star page-turner. SEASON would make a good SyFy channel movie, though variations of this same story have already been done more than twice. SEASON is successful as pure, near-brainless sci-fi/horror entertainment, but the TSTL cast nearly spoils it. The characters ((view spoiler)[doctor, scientist, NASA astronauts, etc. (hide spoiler)]) would be unable to tie velcro tennis shoes. They certainly have difficulty putting two and two together. These heroes astronauts wouldn't know danger if it kissed them in the face. Though they are perfectly capable of making (and surviving) (view spoiler)[big ass nuclear explosions (hide spoiler)] (yeah, right), simple logic or math are outside their skillset. Also: they obviously haven't watched a single horror movie. The writing itself alternated between good and cheesy/juvenile. The book rambles about 100 pages too long, with some far-too-long excursions (including nods to Tolkien). The story within-a-story wasn't entirely awful, but it certainly made my eyes glaze over. Although Pike (a pseudonym for author Kevin Christopher McFadden) wrote published this in his mid-30s, it seems more like the work of a talented, horny 18-year old male*. * Another reviewer states that Pike wrote the first draft of SEASON in 1977, around age 22. Aha!There were a few continuity gaffes, such as the most magical knee injury in the history of literature:(view spoiler)[p 178: "...her left leg twisted out at an awkward angle and she heard an ugly pop in her knee. A burning liquid sensation throbbed through her calf and she had to bite her lip to keep from crying out... She suspected that she had torn her cartilage, and maybe even injured one of the ligaments in the knee. Walking was barely tolerable..."p. 179: ...she kicked at the ground." how do you do that while standing, with ONE good leg?p. 179: "...[she] turned and ran." wow, miraculous recoveryp. 179: "she tried to flee, but her injured knee buckled after only half a dozen steps and down she went again..." ah, injury returnsp. 179: "she was not going to be able to outrun it" wow, you're running againp. 180: "[she] dashed from the pond.." apparently healed againp. 181: "...her left knee...was not perfectly fine. The joint felt like burning mush." damn, injury is baaaaack!p. 182: "[she] limped the whole way [1/2 mile, while leaning on someone for support." p. 210: "she strode [2 miles] across the bleak Martian plateau" apparently fully healed the next day, with no treatment to knee. Didn't even take an aspirin.[she run, walks, climbs ladders, etc. for a while, with no problems. no mention of knee at all.]p. 256: "..she climbed down with difficulty... Her injured knee had swollen to twice its proper size..." hmmmm, thought you were healed. makes no sense p. 267: she kicks an attacker off her, using both legs. no problem, no pain. healed!p. 276: [she] sprang to her feet. still healedp. 277: "...she tried to run....her leg was shot. She slipped and fell." NOT healed, 1 page laterp. 277: "she jumped up." quick recovery p. 277: "leaning [on him] for support...she limped away." awww, knee injury back on same pagep. 277: she immediately walks 200 yards and jumps into a vehicle. ooopsSuffice it to say this goes on for a whle, until suddenly the horrific knee/leg injury is never mentioned again. (hide spoiler)]PARENTS: I'd hesitate to call this a regular YA book; it's that rarer breed that is more appropriate for older teens (and many adults), but perhaps too scary/weird/violent for young or squeamish folks. There's sexual content, (view spoiler)[rape (hide spoiler)], religious/spiritual themes, violence... and plenty of stupidity.Also consider:The "THIRST" series, also by Christopher Pike (which I give 4 to 5 stars):Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red DiceThe (awesome and weird) sci-fi movie (view spoiler)["Lifeforce" (1985) (hide spoiler)]. 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  • Elizabeth Weibush
    2019-03-28 23:52

    I don't like to tell people the plot of this book because "lizard vampires from Mars sabotage space mission to invade Earth" sounds silly, in retrospect. However, in true Pike fashion, the story really does suck you in. There's a little mysticism, some philosophy, lots of weird stuff, a couple stock characters with quirky personality traits, and it's a fun ride. I enjoy it as a piece of crazy science fiction, and I'll always keep a copy on my shelf.

  • Logan Aube
    2019-04-11 00:02

    I can't remember the last time I was so engrossed in a book that I couldn't bring myself to put it down. THE SEASON OF PASSAGE is basically ALIEN + THE MARTIAN + a Stephen King novel. And it works exactly as well as it sounds like it would. Genuinely likeable, 3-dimensional characters. Gruesome, creepy, WTF horror, of both the psychological and tangible varieties. I owe my wife a sangria for recommending this one.

  • Justin
    2019-03-29 17:01

    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 publishers think only teenagers are too dumb to understand that cell phones didn't always exist) so the information about Mars and space technology (about which I'm by no means an expert) is horribly out of date. If you're the type of person who is unable to suspend disbelief, this book will probably annoy you.However, if you can get past that, The Season of Passage is definitely worth the read. It's not really science fiction, although there are many science fiction elements. This is really a horror story. It's a creepy, claustrophobic, tense horror story, and I loved it.

  • Boojum
    2019-04-13 21:57

    A truly dreadful book. If you're going to write a sci-fi horror story, the least that should be expected is that you know a little bit about science, and a tiny bit about horror. The 'science' bits of the book are utterly hilarious, the kind of comical nonsense that a 13 year old failing science would find amusingly bad. But they shine, compared to the 'horror' aspect. Utterly predictable, completely pedestrian and totally ludicrous. I've read some bad sci fi, and some completely awful horror in my time, but this book marked a new low. I understand that Pike started as a kids author, all I can say is I hope he's better at that, because this book was painfully bad. The worst book I've read this year, by a country mile, the only good thing about it is that I got it from a charity shop for 50p. And that was 50p too much, actually. I really cannot believe that anyone has a good word to say about it, because it really is truly awful.

  • Kim/Megwen/DM/Trix
    2019-04-11 17:08

    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. I have a terrible memory for plots, titles, and the like, but "Seasons of Passage by Christopher Pike scared the pants off me!" is a sentiment I've been able to retain for two decades. This is definitely one for me to reread as an adult, if I can work the courage up. I still get that totally creeped out feeling just thinking about it.

  • Sean Nelson
    2019-04-03 21:06

    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 this story stands out on it's own and even if your not into the Mars Space thing, I think you cans till enjoy this story. I really wish there would had been a follow up story because I was sad when it was over.

  • Erin Callahan
    2019-04-02 20:07

    (Excerpt from my review at Forever Young Adult.)You guys, this book makes NO FUCKING SENSE. I mean, it DOES, in that I have written out what happens to the best of my ability but I think whoever edited this thing was VERY VERY HIGH ON LSD. Because it is really just a terribly written and edited book. It skips around; it doesn't explain things, and half of the scenes just sort of start in the middle of a conversation. I was either too drunk or not drunk enough for this book. I still don't know.(Read the full review here)

  • Karyl
    2019-04-21 20:14

    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 or just excellent writing in general.

  • Kindra Gillis
    2019-04-02 21:04

    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 teenybopper stories. If you haven't read this book yet, you're missing out!

  • Jaxy
    2019-04-04 23:03

    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.

  • Jo
    2019-04-07 18:12

    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. 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.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-17 20:08

    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.

  • Brandi
    2019-03-29 21:10

    4.5 stars! So good! It would have been an even 5 had the ending not been just a little too tidy, but still, for my first Pike it was a total success.

  • Jenni
    2019-04-06 18:55

    Enjoyed this in High School, but not sure if I'd recomment it to my friends now. :-)