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Luke is having a rough year. When his parents split up, his mum drags him to Phoenix, a brand-new town in the middle of nowhere.

But Phoenix is no ordinary town. There are no cars, no phones and no internet. Luke thinks this is as weird as it gets.

Then he discovers that someone is plotting to wipe out the human race. Phoenix is suddenly the safest and most dangerous place o
Paperback, 291 pages
Published June 2009 by Hardie Grant Egmont (first published 2009)
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Anne Hamilton
Nov 16, 2015 Anne Hamilton rated it it was amazing
'It's not the end of the world,' Luke's mum says when he grumbles at being swooped off to the outback town of Phoenix.

She's wrong.

Some spoilers follow:

It takes Luke only a few days to discover that their arrival is the signal for the final countdown: in 100 days, 'Tabitha' will be released and everyone outside the Phoenix enclave - all of the seven billion people in the rest of the world - will be eliminated. Luke's dad is out there - and there's no way to contact him. Internet and phones have b
Oct 17, 2011 Lyrical rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I just want to get off my chest the fact that I am so pleased to find a book written by an Australian and set Down Under. There are tragically few Aussie books on the market in the UK and far too many US books (not that most of them are not brilliant reads, there’s just a huge imbalance) which makes it so refreshing to find a book in a genre I love set in a country I barely get to read about. For once I haven’t got my terrible attempts at American accents going through my head! Not that ...more
Gethin Davies
Feb 15, 2012 Gethin Davies rated it it was amazing
The Phoenix Files Arrival By Chris Morphew
Pheonix is a town run just for workers of the Shackleton business and a boy called Luke moves there as his parents have just divorced. He meets two friends called Peter and Jordan and they soon find out the world could change forever. I think this book is very good because it is full of suspense and action, something is going on all the time it is hard to put the book down. The way they are racing against time makes it enjoyable to read.
Noah Buhrow
Jun 26, 2015 Noah Buhrow rated it it was amazing
This book was first suggested to me by a family member, though I refused to read it for a few days. Then, needing something to do, I picked up the book and started reading. I proceeded to finish the book that day.

When Emily Hunter loses her job in Sydney, she and her son Luke are offered a home and job with the Shackleton Co-operative in a small town called Phoenix, so new it’s not on a map, where the main mode of transportation is a bicycle, and one of the only places in the country where the p
Tyler N.
Sep 18, 2015 Tyler N. rated it really liked it
Tyler Nicole Cafarelli

I really enjoyed reading The Phoenix Files by Chris Morphew because it was an attention grabber just by reading the first few sentences. This book is about a too "normal" town of the middle of nowhere that's blocked in from a huge cement wall. A man named Calvin owns the town and is up to no good, he wants to destroy the whole outside world. Everyone has 100 days to live, no phone and no cars. Three kids, Luke, Jordan and Peter try to solve the mystery and save the world. T
Jacob Alexander
Oct 05, 2014 Jacob Alexander rated it it was amazing
The Phoenix Files.
Chris Morphew wrote the book “Phoenix Files.” I think the purpose of his book was to show people what it would be like to be Luke Hunter, a 15 year old boy who had to stop his new home town from destructing. In this book it shows how Luke and his mom Emily try to fit into this new town called Phoenix. Chris Morphew did a great job writing this book for many different reasons. He talks about how Luke had to live without modern day technology, I don’t know that many of us Luke’s
Elizabeth Newton
Jul 09, 2014 Elizabeth Newton rated it really liked it
I started reading this book because I wanted to read the series because I discovered that Chris Morphew is a really cool, funny guy who is a Christian like me. I bought the first book thinking, "well I'll buy the first one - see if I like it, and if I do, I'll read the rest of the series."
Now I'm scheming for an available, convenient opportunity to get myself to a book shop to buy the next one. (By the way, if you didn't pick up the subtext there, it was "I really liked the book!")

The story move
The Phoenix Files is another very good spec-fic novel series from Australia, which initially threw me, as I'd had one of those "this sort of cover equals this particular country" moments. And if I'd really thought about it properly, which, obviously, I didn't, I would have said "Chris Morphew is Australian, ipso facto...". But I didn't. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that Arrival is set in Australia, not Phoenix, Arizona, and is a roaring good read, with just enough mystery and 'reveals' ...more
Wendy Qian
May 17, 2012 Wendy Qian rated it really liked it
*spoiler alert*

Arrival- The Phoenix Files.

Arrival is the first book of The Phoenix Files series. The story starts with Luke arriving in Phoenix along with his mother. Phoenix is a town built by Shackleton Co-operative, it is a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. This town is no ordinary place, there are no cars, no phone or internet connection and instead of having police, they have their own security guards. Luke tries to fit in and get use to this unusual town, he becomes friends with Peter an
Shrishti Khetan
Jul 06, 2015 Shrishti Khetan rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much!! The character, Luke Hunter is such a well made character and throughout the book your emotions for him and his friends just start deepening. The adventure that is in it is so thrilling and you just can't stop wanting to know more, it is also very realistic which makes you feel completely like you are in the characters shoes. I've finished the full series and I love it so much!
Sep 08, 2014 Erik rated it really liked it
All the books in this series are constant action. Never boring. There's not a lot of character development, so I didn't really get sucked in emotionally, but I never wanted to put the books down because I just had to know what happened next.
Camille Chase
Nov 15, 2015 Camille Chase rated it really liked it
I really liked this book from Luke's perspective. I tried to imagine how Jordan and Peter would have felt because they were so hidden and quiet, but then Luke, Peter and Jordan find out that a group of people are trying to kill the outside world (outside of Phoenix) so they have to work together and find out who works for them and why they brought them here. It was fun to read. I am a 6th grader who checked this out from a library and no one read them! I was disappointed when I saw that they had ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arrival is a the first book in the new Australian science fiction thriller The Phoenix Files series. Three young Australian teenagers find themselves in the middle of a dastardly plan to wipe out most of the human race. The town of Phoenix is packed with security guards and when a curfew for youths is imposed, Luke and his friends realize that they are going to have to act. What they find are roads going nowhere, a warehouse full of supplies, a principal that is lying to them, and a security tea ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Jaxon rated it really liked it
In The book Phoenix files Luke is taken by his mum to a town in the middle of nowhere. This town is called Phoenix and when Luke arrives some weird thing are going on. There is no cars, no phones, no internet and no absolutely no contact to the outside world. He has the last possible locker at school and the last empty house in the whole of Phoenix. He befriends Jordan and Peter and together they explore Phoenix get into serious trouble with the town security and school principal. They are const ...more
Hailey Johns
Nov 06, 2013 Hailey Johns rated it really liked it
I just finished the book Phoenix Files Arrival by Chris Morphew the book has 295 pages. I really liked this book it was really good. Luke is having a rough year his parents split up and he moved to a weird new town. There are no cars the phones and Internet are down. Luke thinks this is the weirdest thing ever until he discovers that someone is planning to kill off humanity. I recommend this book if you liked the Hunger Games series also if you like mystery and science fiction.
Om Manghani
Aug 18, 2015 Om Manghani rated it liked it
Shelves: summer
Quite a nice read, and one that segued well into the next books to come.

Although there were parts that I really liked, I am giving this book a 3-star rating because I wasn't really that compelled to the book. I could kind of predict what was going to happen, which was not a nice feeling to have.

Besides this though, I liked the dystopian part of the story. It was fun to imagine Phoenix in the actual world, and what would cause it. It seems like a realistic possibility, as many governments are b
May 30, 2012 Arwyn rated it liked it
This book had a few additions to add up to 3 stars in my opinion.
I loved all the action/adventure and in the book
i'd crack up every time they get into a fight with their selves (Besides Peter fights)

So you should definitely read this book.

And if you read this book you'd be able to read another book of 'The Phoenix Files'

(Without ruining it for yourself)
Tempest Wylde
Feb 15, 2016 Tempest Wylde rated it it was ok
A review of all Books - Arrival - Contact - Mutation - Underground - Fallout - Doomsday

I Love YA and when I stumbled upon this series it was likened to Michael Grant's Gone series so I was definitely inclined to love it.
But I was initially disappointed... the first few books dragged and only because I love a series I continued.
I am thoroughly glad I did. Some of the "off" moments that I didn't understand in the early books came together. Not NEATLY mind you... there were some moments when I wond
Nov 06, 2011 Hannah rated it liked it
It was a good book and persuaded me to read the next three. HOWEVER, it was not a complete immediate "I MUST READ THE NEXT BOOK NOW!" the only reason I got the next was because I just saw it in the book store and I needed to read something.
However the next two books from this series are more than amazing!
Apr 21, 2014 Terrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terrie by: Debbie Bradshaw
This was a great series from Usborne Books. When Luke and his mom arrive in the Australian Outback in a new town called Phoenix, he discovers with his new friends Peter and Jordan that the town founder has a plan to destroy the world and the Phoenix residences were chosen to be saved. Now they are stuck in a place with no phone service, no roads, aircraft or any other way to contact the outside world. Not knowing who they can trust they must find a way to contact help. Along the way there are pl ...more
Sep 20, 2013 Emma rated it it was amazing
This book was the best! it is full of adventure. Luke is new to Phoenix and finds out that someone is planning to wipe out the human race! It is up to Luke to save everyone.
Dec 02, 2010 Charmaine rated it really liked it
I really liked it. Love Jordan. After I read the book, can't wait to get the 2nd one. Now I'm waiting for the 3rd.
Sarah Mcnabb
Jun 25, 2012 Sarah Mcnabb is currently reading it
This is my flat mate's book, so i thought it was about time.
May 06, 2015 GunHee is currently reading it
“Phoenix is suddenly the safest and most dangerous place on Earth and the clock is already ticking. 100 days until the end of the world. ”. Luke, the main character, is having a very harsh year. After his parents divorce, Luke’s mom takes Luke to a town called Phoenix, because Luke’s mom gets a job there. But when Luke and his mom gets there, they notice that it’s not an ordinary town; there are no automobiles, no mobile phones, no internet, and etc. However, Luke and his mom decides to be obli ...more
*Spoiler Free Review*

After you've read my review, you may wonder why I gave The Phoenix Files: Arrival by Chris Morphew three stars out of five if I apparently really enjoyed it. While I did really enjoy it and had a lot of fun reading it, I feel as though I was slightly too old to be reading it. The writing and the plot in general feel as though it would be better suited for a younger audience. I am undecided about whether I will be continuing the series or not, we'll see.

This book was very plo
Steph Bowe
Oct 15, 2009 Steph Bowe rated it it was amazing
The Phoenix Files: Arrival tells the story of Luke, forced to move with his mother to Phoenix, a new town in the middle of nowhere where she’s offered a job, following his parents’ divorce.

Upon his arrival in Phoenix, he discovers life isn’t quite normal there – everything is expensive and new, but the phone lines are always down, there isn’t any TV or internet and security guards constantly roam the streets.

Then he discovers a plot to destroy the world. He and his mother are the last residents
Jul 14, 2011 Selin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
turkish review (but i read it in turkish. im working 4 a publishing comopany in turkey...)

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Phoenix Files - Arrival

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Yayın evi Hardie Grant Egmont
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Luke’ın annesi ve babası ayrılınca, annesine yeni bir iş teklifi gelir. Shakelton Co-Operative’de bütün bir gününü ofiste geçireceği bir iş. Shackleton Co-Operative
Feb 18, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
When your 11 yr old son asks you to read a series of books because he is loving them of course you have to say "yes"!. This is the first of what is about to be a six part series (and possibly growing?) set in the fictious city of Phoenix somewhere in the middle of Australia. Various Australians have been approached to 'have the opportunity of a life time'to work in this town that is remarkably self sufficient. The three central characters; Luke, Jordan (a girl) and Peter soon discover that every ...more
Sep 03, 2012 AshleyiSee rated it really liked it
Fresh out of the aftermath of his parent’s divorce, Australian teenager Luke Hunter tries to remain calm when his mum declares they’re moving to an unknown place called Phoenix in the bush. Upon arrival, Luke notices Phoenix is a town where there’s more that meets the eye. No phones, no Internet, no cars, everyone travels by bike and are living in homes that look just like everyone else’s. Missing his dad, Luke attempts to settle in and make friends at High School.

With the appearance of a rough
When Luke’s mother gets a new job in a town that has just been developed he is anything but excited. The town, Phoenix, is in the middle of nowhere and contains no cars, no internet, and no phones. After his first day at school Luke discovers someone has left him a message and suddenly everything is thrown into turmoil. What do you do when someone is plotting to destroy the human race?

I admit I got half way through the book and then forgot all about it, it sat on my bedroom floor for about 2 wee
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Author of The Phoenix Files. Writer, reader, primary school teacher, Jesus follower, coffee enthusiast.
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Other Books in the Series

The Phoenix Files (6 books)
  • Contact (The Phoenix Files, #2)
  • Mutation (The Phoenix Files, #3)
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