Thirsty - by M.T.Anderson

"a good vampire story. Who can Chris trust?"

Thirsty leaves me “thirsty” for more. As the novel progresses, the reader watches as Chris, the protagonist, slowly turns from a normal teenager to a full-blown vampire. Throughout the story, he is very confused and seeks desperately to hide his secret, but is found out anyway when he is confronted by a celestial being named Chet. Chet makes a deal with Chris to turn him back human if he will help Chet in a plan against the vampires. Chris must continually make tough decision after tough decision in order to prove he deserves his humanity restored.

One very noticeable detail of the story was Anderson’s use of light and dark images to contrast good and evil, although sometimes it made things seem fuzzy as Chris did not know who to trust. The boy also deals with a big issue surrounding many normal teenage boys, GIRLS. Chris’s crush on Rebecca throughout the novel is very real, and it is one of the major parts of his character fighting to retain his humanity.

The opposite of Rebecca in the story would be Lolli. As Chris’s first vampire correspondent, Lolli is kind of shocking to him; she is a temptress who tries to draw Chris into his first kill on the night of the festival. Chris’s friends also play an important part in the novel to show how much he is growing away from his human self. Tom and Jerk begin to notice changes in him very early on, especially when he becomes irritable and high-tempered. They serve as kind of a buffer to keep Chris in check, but generally fail as he slips more and more into vampirism.

Although the novel was a good, quick read, there were some really strange aspects of the book, as well as the dialogue, that seemed to sound more like middle-school kids talking rather than high-schoolers. Overall, Thirsty was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone who would find the problems of a young vampire interesting.

   - Review by Jordan H.