Midnight Club by Christopher Pike

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Rotterdam Home, a hospice where teenagers with terminal illnesses went to die, was home to the Midnight Club--a group of five young men and women who met at midnight and told stories of intrigue and horror. One night they made a pact that the first of them to die would make every effort to contact the others . . . from beyond the grave.

Unique. Powerful. Sad.

The back blurb misleads potential buyers because with this type of book they would have expected creepiness. Instead the actual book is serious and potent. It's...well, it's a drama about death. Not only death but the possibilities of reincarnation and the connection the dying have with each other in a hospice house. Bleak, depressing stuff - but it's realistic and there's a strange beauty to it all.

One of my favorites from the author, this is a book that shows how creative he can be with the most amazing array of things. Sometimes the stories dragged on with the Midnight club and I was wondering the point, but I found the ultimate message proved to be how much life the teller of the stories had and how we all can be connected in bizarre ways.

Slower paced but a great drama piece - kudos to Pike again.

   Book Quotes:

“If you honestly feel you have done something so terrible that you cannot be forgiven, then I am willing to share your sins with you. When we die, if we should have to stand before God and be judged, then I will tell him I am as much to blame as you and that half your punishment should be portioned out to me.”

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