Phoenix Island (Bram Stoker Award for Young Readers)

By John Dixon

WINNER OF THE BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR greater fulfillment IN a tender grownup NOVEL

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

The pass judgement on instructed Carl that sooner or later he’d need to come to a decision precisely what sort of individual he could turn into. yet on Phoenix Island, the alternative may 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 newest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court docket is sending Carl to the worst position on the earth: 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. situated someplace far flung the coast of the United States—and proof against its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run through sadistic drill sergeants who exhibit no mercy to their younger, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stick until eventually his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play through the principles, so he makes associates 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 govt 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 rework Carl into whatever he’s uncertain he desires to develop into. For this can be no usual executive venture. Phoenix Island is floor 0 for the way forward for strive against intelligence.

And for Carl, it’s only the start…

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Sometime, I’m going to permit the total global find out about those murdering psychopaths. Carl stared on the diary. They’d killed a few child on function? For a moment, he attempted to not think it—but simple task settled over him like a shadow. Hadn’t he recognized whatever was once off right here? approach, manner off? With a shiver, he remembered Parker’s whispered hazard, the day he’d stabbed Carl with the pencil: I’m going to mend your wagon as soon as and for all. as soon as and for all. . . . His mouth by surprise went dry. Skipping forward to the final web page, there has been just one access: If you’re interpreting this, i suppose I’m lifeless. If you’re caught right here like i used to be, you recognize what you want to do. Do it. we need to beat those monsters earlier than it’s too past due. That’s it, then. I bought one likelihood, and I’m going to take it. I’m so afraid. That was once it. Carl used to be surprised. What had occurred? used to be Eric relatively lifeless? What did he suggest, you recognize what you want to do? was once Parker making plans to kill him? was once that what he had intended? yet Rivera could by no means allow that ensue. correct? He became again to the 1st web page and browse the article directly via as speedy as he may. Then he learn it back. Then he simply stared on the wall. might be AN HOUR LATER, somebody knocked. Carl have been looking forward to it, understanding Ross got here on accountability at the hours of darkness. He opened the door. Ross seemed drained. He made a crude funny story approximately what Carl was once doing on my own within the closet, then Carl pulled him inside of and closed the door. “We need to speak. ” Ross nodded on the door. “I’m on accountability, if you happen to forgot. If Rivera comes up right here, and I’m now not jogging the hall—” “Ross, they kill young ones the following. ” “Well, I don’t imagine he’d kill me, accurately, but—” “I’m serious,” Carl acknowledged. “That’s why they just take orphans. a few child steps out of line, they kill him. ” “Riiiight. i believe someone wishes a pitcher of hot milk and a very good night’s sleep. ” Ross reached for the door. Carl blocked him. “Listen, Ross. i discovered whatever. A magazine. You can’t inform anyone approximately this. ” “Okay. ” “The child who wrote it used to be publication guy many years in the past. He talks all approximately it. Torture, homicide, every little thing. whatever else, too, whatever in regards to the health care provider down on the Chop store. I don’t be aware of what was once happening there. He wasn’t certain. Something—the medical professional doing stuff to young ones, to their brains. It made me take into consideration that child we observed, the 1st day, using in—the zombie kid—and it makes me fear approximately Mitchell. ” “Hold on,” Ross’s hand dropped from the doorknob. “You’re severe? homicide? ” Carl nodded. “His early entries, every little thing seems like it’s been for us up to now. tough, yet . . . you recognize, like it’s been. yet then, thirty-some days in, they shifted to Blue part, and this man they maintain conversing approximately, the previous guy? He indicates up, and every little thing adjustments. humans begin death. a lot of people. You ever see the photographs within the drill sergeants’ place of work, those with the faces blacked out? ” Carl stopped himself. He didn’t just like the panic he was once feeling, and he didn’t are looking to crush Ross. Carl and his pal checked out one another for a number of demanding moments, then, to his shock, the opposite boy smiled. “You chanced on it in right here, correct?

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