Phoenix Island (Bram Stoker Award for Young Readers)

By John Dixon

WINNER OF THE BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR better success IN a tender grownup NOVEL

John Dixon’s seriously acclaimed Phoenix Island reads like “Lord of the Flies meets Wolverine and Cool Hand Luke” (F. Paul Wilson, author of Repairman Jack). For lovers of The Bourne Identity, Alex Rider, and Melissa Marr.

The pass judgement on informed Carl that sooner or later he’d need to come to a decision precisely what sort of individual he could develop into. yet on Phoenix Island, the alternative can be made for him.

A champion boxer with a pointy hook and a brief mood, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster domestic to foster domestic. He can’t appear to remain out of trouble—using his fists to safeguard weaker classmates from bullies. His most modern incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the courtroom is sending Carl to the worst position in the world: Phoenix Island.

Classified as a “terminal facility,” it’s the top of the road for delinquents who've no domestic, no relations, and no destiny. situated someplace faraway the coast of the United States—and resistant to its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run by way of sadistic drill sergeants who exhibit no mercy to their younger, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stick until eventually his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play by way of the principles, so he makes acquaintances together with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed lady named Octavia. yet he makes enemies, too, and after a number of tough scrapes, he earns himself the nickname “Hollywood” in addition to a string of punishments, together with a brutal evening within the “sweatbox.” yet that’s not anything in comparison to what awaits him within the “Chop Shop”—a mystery govt lab the place Carl is given whatever he by no means dreamed of.

A new life…A new physique. a brand new mind. presents from the fatherly previous guy, who desires to rework Carl into anything he’s unsure he desires to turn into. For this can be no usual govt undertaking. Phoenix Island is flooring 0 for the way forward for strive against intelligence.

And for Carl, it’s just the start…

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She tripped over the fronds and fell into the open, struggled once again to her toes and staggered towards the departing boat, waving her fingers. “Carl, wait! ” The boat saved going. She ran screaming to the water’s aspect, and simply as she used to be able to drop down and cry, the boat grew to become and got here again towards her. He had noticeable her. She clapped her arms and shouted with pleasure after which did take a seat down—fell was once extra like it—her legs going susceptible as she plopped onto the sandy shore and surrendered to the tears, allowing them to imprecise her already blurred imaginative and prescient.

This used to be it. His probability to damage the development and turn into the individual he desired to be. yet to Stark, this intended forgetting Octavia, killing Parker, and relocating directly to a existence the place Carl could concentration basically on himself. That’s the place he was once fallacious. This used to be Carl’s monstrous chance, o.k.. however it wasn’t time to forestall struggling with for the vulnerable; it was once time to begin scuffling with for them. It was once time to begin retaining his promise to his father. whether it price him his lifestyles. At 0800, he was once speculated to cross at it cowboy variety at the seashore.

This time, she didn’t flip again. THE BARRACKS RANG WITH SHOUTING and laughter, all people going nuts over loose time. Carl trudged upstairs, feeling like his head could explode. Campbell was once long gone. Rivera used to be long gone. Now Octavia was once reliable as long gone, too. He nonetheless needed to warn her approximately this position, however it didn’t look like she may ever consult him back. He desired to be offended at her for being mad at him, yet all he felt used to be empty. It used to be terrible, the whole lot, and he felt lousy approximately what she’d passed through together with her mom and stepfather.

Campbell burped airily. Carl felt like screaming. He knew simply what had occurred right here, irrespective of how a lot he desired to deny it. Campbell by no means left the island. as an alternative, he bought a one-way price ticket to the Chop store, the place Dr. Vispera used him like a guinea pig. What had Stark stated approximately his cherished grasp chip? It wasn’t prepared but, wasn’t secure but. however it was once getting shut. How did you're thinking that they have been trying out the item? he requested himself. How did they understand it wasn’t secure but? How did they comprehend they have been getting nearer?

Medicaid cringed. “Don’t damage the butterflies. ” Octavia stepped again. “I won’t. relatively. you probably did nice. I’m unlikely to harm the butterflies. ” Visibly relieved, Medicaid begun strolling back. “Wait,” she stated. “We need to write our names in right here and get the coordinates. ” “This way,” he acknowledged, and saved jogging. The butterflies undefined, flitting in circles round his head. Ross scribbled furiously within the ebook and positioned it again within the field. “Go after him,” Octavia stated. “I’m going to envision the map. simply name out each minute or anything, and I’ll trap up.

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