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Sister Light, Sister Dark +Final Friends Trilogy Reviewed

Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen
A tale of prophecy, warrior women, a king's son, the birth of a new mythology and the death of a culture. This is a very good fantasy tale. Jenna is the subject of destiny in her own time while generations later a pompous historian sifts through the ephemera of Jenna's time and gets it all wrong. This is just engrossing.

Final Friends Trilogy by Christopher Pike
This 1993 book gathers together Pike's teen mystery trilogy originally published back in 1988. 'Final Friends' centres on the Senior Class of Tabb High and the various horrors that befall them. It's an okay read with lots and lots of characters.

There's Jessica the superficial vain mean girl. Alice the flake. Sara the cynic. Clair the cheerleader. Clark the weirdo. Michael Olson the stalking obsessive moralistic NICE GUY. Bill the football star. Maria the quiet one. Polly is Alice's older flakier sister. Nick is the transfer student from East LA. Russ is the school drunk/track star. The Rock is a jerk. Kats is the pushing 20 loser who still hasn't got his diploma. Finally there is Bubba the fat sexist misogynist cool guy on campus and he's a whiz at the early internet and is mobbed up, we've found Pike's Mary-Sue!

Book 1: The Party
It's dated with references to CRT's, the Soviets, Coke classic, people say "far out" a lot, there are hideous clothes and the internet that is used is so primitive. The underlying issues of sexism, racism and homophobia is mostly ignored, though it is there.

At the start of the school year at Tabb High in the OC, Alice decides to hold a party. Everyone thinks its a "far out" idea despite Alice being a flake with a personality disorder and an unhealthy attachment to creepy older men. In 2011, Alice would be Kiki Kannibal.

Michael who is a NICE GUY obsesses over Alice and sees her as his soul mate. He goes to the party as do a lot of others. But as the party winds down only the main cast remain hanging out. The shallow, superficial twits run around. Alice's party is going to be memorable for being filled with violence and a death. This was good.

Book 2: The Dance
Two months after Alice's ill-fated party, dogged NICE GUY Michael continues his obsessive quest for THE TRUTH while being a jerk. Bubba sleazes around. Jessica is obsessed with being Homecoming Queen. Sara and Russ' romance is shaky. Self centred girls and repellent guys run around. Jessica's SAT exam ends in disaster because she's a moron. Then the dance takes place, the Queen is crowned and then the dance ends in horror. This was okay.

Book 3: The Graduation
It's five months since the accident/sabotage at the dance. Jessica is still vapid,shallow and dumb. Micheal is still ranting and picking fights and thinking that Bubba the blackmailing misogynist is the best guy ever.

The villain of the piece is unmasked which could have been done ages ago if the idiots looked beyond their own navels. The graduation ends in terror. This was okay. But the trilogy was packed with privileged dislikeable scumbags.

Best Lines:
"So why don't we take your nice axe and put it in my car and I'll drive you home."

"He's not her boyfriend. He's just someone who comes over and eats our food."

"You're going to have a party at your house you're never going to forget 'cause I'm going to drown you in your goddamn swimming pool."

"She was back in the snack bar when she opened her yearbook. Her scream frightened everyone."

"What were the chances Tabb High had two psychotics?"

"He can do anything! He's a sorcerer! He has the spirits of dead Indians do whatever he wants!"
"I've got to meet this guy."
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