The Season of Passage

The Season of Passage Dr Lauren Wagner was a celebrity She was involved with the most exciting adventure mankind had ever undertaken a manned expedition to Mars The whole world admired and respected her But Lauren knew fea

  • Title: The Season of Passage
  • Author: Christopher Pike
  • ISBN: 9780765331298
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dr Lauren Wagner was a celebrity She was involved with the most exciting adventure mankind had ever undertaken a manned expedition to Mars 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 sometDr Lauren Wagner was a celebrity She was involved with the most exciting adventure mankind had ever undertaken a manned expedition to Mars 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 haunting and unforgettable blend of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and suspense from one of America s bestselling writers A novel you won t soon forget.

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  • Christopher Pike

    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 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 programmed computers before becoming a recognized author Initially unsuccessful when he set out to write science fiction and adult mystery, it was not until his work caught the attention of an editor who suggested he write a teen thriller that he became a hit The result was Slumber Party 1985 , a book about a group of teenagers who run into bizarre and violent events during a ski weekend After that he wrote Weekend and Chain Letter All three books went on to become bestsellers.


  • 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 [...]

  • 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 wish [...]

  • 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

  • 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 irres [...]

  • What a shame that this book is no longer in print.If not for , 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 [...]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 [...]

  • 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.

  • I truly love Christopher pikehis books have something very few authors have.extremely inventive and creative storytelling abilitiesI have read a LOT of books by a LOT of different authors and pike is a master above masters. Anyways on to reviewis book is truly something elses 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 marsat's all I seebut in reality this book [...]

  • 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 t [...]

  • 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 th [...]

  • 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 fictiond 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.

  • 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 dreamsASON 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, [...]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 publi [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 th [...]

  • (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.(R [...]

  • 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 o [...]

  • 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 teen [...]

  • 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.

  • 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. esa/SPECIALS/Mars500/SThis 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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