Phoenix Island (Phoenix Island #1)
A champion boxer with a sharp hook and a short temper, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster home to foster home. He can't seem to stay out of trouble, using his fists to defend weaker classmates from...more
They can shoot me through the bars of this sweatbox or hang me from the flagpole or throw me to the sharks, but they cannot make me cry or beg. I will not show them weakness. I will stay strong. If they kill me, they will remember my strength; I will force them to live with the memory of my strength forever.There is no room for pussies on Phoenix Island.
And if I live, I will escape from Phoenix Island, and I will tell the world. I will bring these people down.
This book is remi...more
"Welcome to the post-human age."
It's the Marines meets Maze Runner meets Unwind meets Fight Club (the cover even reminds me of the FC cover) meets some weird version of The Island of Dr. Moreau/Jurassic Park (without the animals) mashup - in this book's version of "it really sucks to go to juvvie."
The show Beyond Scared Straight would probably love to have some of Phoenix Island's tactics at their disposal.
I'm itching to shelve this book as horror lite, but I'll go with science fiction and a...more
John Dixon's "Phoenix Island" took me by surprise in terms of how immersive and enthralling an adventure it portrayed. The story centers on...more
Overall, though, it's fucking awesome.
Carl's story is terrifying and uplifting, hopeful and horribly dark.
It's a story of survival against all odds, courage and pride.
It's a "boys' story", the kind of thing I tend to avoid because of the (mistaken) idea that they don't have the ki...more
This book blends in shades of Lord of the Flies, Mad Scientists and Bootcamp. Carl is a orphaned teen who just cannot stay out of trouble. He does fight for the underdog. If he sees someone being bullied he can't help himself. (boxing champion) He even takes out an entire football team for bullying a kid he didn't even know. He ends up in court again after many encounters and is given "bootcamp" at Phoenix Island. No outside contact with foster family at all, no emails, no phone calls, nothing....more
At times I couldn’t tell who the enemy was. I found myself going back and forth on a...more
1) It is highly aware that adolescence is a period where everybody dramatizes everything.
2) It delivers wicked, entertaining story, which should be the main purpose of every novel.
PHOENIX ISLAND puts its protagonist, teenage orpha...more
I'll be honest the main reason I wanted to read Phoenix Island was because I had heard it was the inspiration for CBS's Intelligence. If I hadn't heard about Intelligence, this book probably wouldn't have landed on my radar. Despite the fact that it's been published by an adult imprint (Gallery Books), Phoenix Island is definitely a YA novel. Phoenix Island is just as clever and inventive as The Lord Of The Flies and The Maze Runner; this is one of the most intense d...more
This book is about a 16 year boy. His parents have both died, and he has been bounced around from foster home to foster home. Getting into trouble for fighting in every placement. They send him to Phoenix Island, a bootcamp for wayward children, he is told. Then things get wacky and the action starts.
This book is exciting from start to end. Good job John Dixon!
*I received this book in exchange for an honest rev...more
The main character,...more
Still, Carl is determined to make the best of a very bad situation even af...more
Phoenix Island was emotionall...more
Ο Carl είναι τόσο αξιαγάπητος χαρακτήρας που δεν μπορείς να μην δεθείς μαζί του... είναι αδύνατον!!! Μοιράζεσαι τα άγχη και τι...more
An overwhelming book filled with anxiety of does it going to have a sequel or what, full of actions and alot more.
Why you wouldn't want this (but believe me, you are so going to love it)
- It is predictable.
- It is weak on romance part I actually hated Octavia at first.
- Their age was doubtful at times.
Why you wanted to read this:
- It is predictable though the result always exceeds my expectations.
- You don't need the romance in here.
- Their age was doubtful at times but they are a...more
Holy crap I think it's going to be a while before my heart stops racing. I don't even know where to start. This was disturbing, action packed, thought provoking and at times incredibly disgusting (there is a scene with bugs that made me want to hurl). The author wrote so descriptively that I felt like I was there with Carl and frankly, I didn't want to be. I see how they got a tv show from this story but after reading about the tv show, I...more
First in the Phoenix Island series
Carl is sixteen years old and he has been in plenty enough trouble in his short life time. When he finds himself in court again the judge sentences him to Phoenix Island. Phoenix Island will reform him and it’s the place where orphans who also happen to be delinquents are sent. There are a lot of strange things going on at Phoenix Island and it’s up to Carl to save his friends and figure out the dark secrets surrounding the isl...more
The bad: Nothing constructive that I could pick up on. Be warned though, it can be a bit overwhelming with how detailed the training is. Very gritty.
Normally, my interest doesn’t appeal to book genres among these but when I saw “Phoenix Island” available on Edelweiss my interest was piqued.
Going into this I thought that this was...more
Carl Freeman does not cotton to those who bully others. It's not so much that he is protecting the underdog, he just actively hates bullies. It has gotten him into trouble his whole life and now he finds himself at a military-style boot camp for teens on Phoenix Island. The Old Man is in charge on this island. He is a military strategis...more
It's hard to resist comparing Phoenix Island with other works like Papillon, Lord of the Flies, and--with a touch of military sci fi--maybe even a little bit of 007, but...more
Phoenix Island is a great book filled with action, terror and boxing. I recommend it to anyone who wants a page turner with action
by John Dixon
The struggle of a young delinquent orphan, as he tries to survive a last chance boot camp island, that is not all that it is cracked up to be.
Before long the stories central character Carl Freeman, a sixteen year old boxer, nicknamed Hollywood, is in trouble with the islands instructors and fighting for his life.
Before long kids are running for survival! On an island where hunting people to death is a sport, and kids are feed to sharks, escape seems impossible.
Before all this dream-co...more