Phoenix Island (Bram Stoker Award for Young Readers)

By John Dixon

WINNER OF THE BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR enhanced fulfillment 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, writer of Repairman Jack). For fanatics of The Bourne Identity, Alex Rider, and Melissa Marr.

The pass judgement on informed Carl that at some point 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 guard weaker classmates from bullies. His most modern incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court docket 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 relatives, and no destiny. positioned someplace faraway the coast of the United States—and resistant to its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run via sadistic drill sergeants who exhibit no mercy to their younger, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stick till his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play by way of the principles, so he makes neighbors along with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed lady named Octavia. yet he makes enemies, too, and after a couple 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 executive lab the place Carl is given anything 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 remodel Carl into whatever he’s uncertain he desires to develop into. For this can be no traditional 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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You might want to regulate your self. in case you don’t, you’ll by no means depart this position. Campbell watched via clean eyes. the cost of growth runs excessive every now and then. . . . To Stark, Campbell was once only one extra misplaced pawn. Campbell, Campbell, Campbell! it doesn't matter what he attempted to do, horror clanged in Carl like a few nightmare clock—like ten clocks, one thousand, one million, them all tolling and crashing inside of his cranium. yet no—he fought down his panic. He needed to hold his cool. needed to specialise in what he may do, no longer what he felt. “I’m going to assist you,” he acknowledged to his good friend. “I’m going to get you out of the following, make it greater. ” yet while he stated those phrases, he felt them holiday within the air, felt their vacancy flutter away. Get him out of right here? Make it higher? How? A mind transplant? His brain drew again like a hand from a sizzling range. It couldn’t be real. however it used to be. Couldn’t be. was once. And so his brain clanged, rejecting, acknowledging, rejecting, seeing . . . and surprise gave approach to sorrow, which gave method to rage. Why could they do that? Campbell used to be so cool, so proficient, had quite a bit capability. . . . as though in reaction, Campbell moaned back. Then the track begun. Carl gritted his enamel and appeared prior Campbell to the low development with the thatched roof and porch, out of which spilled what gave the impression of opera tune. simply pass on in there and kill him, Carl idea. Snap the torturer’s neck ahead of he can do that to someone else, prior to he can do it to Ross, to Octavia, to you. Then pass directly again to the hangar and positioned a steak knife in Stark’s again. . . . yet he knew larger. A lifestyles filled with tragedy had given him the power to determine what used to be actual, and his stories right here have been educating him a reluctant endurance. Going after the physician now will be silly, and going after Stark will be suicidal. Neither motion may do Campbell any sturdy in any respect. nonetheless, the flash of rage had helped him, had pulled him from surprise and sorrow lengthy adequate to prepare dinner up undesirable plans, at the least. His entire existence, anger had governed him. It had canceled every little thing from worry to logic, getting him into difficulty repeatedly. good, now it used to be going to get him out of difficulty. He used to be going to take advantage of it to maintain different, paralyzing feelings in fee until eventually he bought off this island. That used to be what he was once going to do. interval. He could fairly die making an attempt than prove as a zombie. That destiny terrified him greater than whatever. The aircraft was once due in mere days. Stark stored declaring it. The airplane. sure, it was once a determined plan, yet he had to probability every little thing, whatever the odds, to save lots of Ross and Octavia and prevent those madmen and do no matter what he may perhaps for Campbell and the others. “I’m going to help,” Carl acknowledged, yet stopped himself from asserting extra, stopped himself from launching right into a lengthy goodbye. He couldn’t permit sorrow freeze the flames of his anger. So he became clear of his pal and began working back. Off within the distance, extra gunfire sounded. The fourth burst due to the fact that he’d left the hangar. He was hoping every thing was once ok again on the education base. He needed to support Ross and Octavia ahead of it used to be too overdue, needed to lock down his feelings, utilizing anger if precious, yet by no means wasting himself to rage.

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