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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The Best Shall Rise

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Nearly every review below is from the BETA version of the book. Every shared issue between the reviews has been addressed VERY heavily in the final version.

I have decided to address this first because, we live in a world where reviews and star-rating means just about everything.

To the handful of people who read the final version. (Al
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Published June 23rd 2017 by The Department of Smoke (first published June 2017)
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I really enjoyed reading this novel. This novel makes you think about disasters that could be possible in this messed up world. This book was enjoyable to read between other novels and at a slow pace. Reading this book, I started thinking about different concepts and how things in the world really are. I enjoyed the author’s concepts and ideas and found some things definitely relateable. I have to admit that I enjoy thinking about the “What Ifs” and enjoy reading dystopian novels and about some ...more
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
*I received a copy from the author for review on my blog. This does not affect my review. This review is voluntary.*

Such an interesting read!While there were some questions I would like answers to, for the most part I really enjoyed this read. The characters and setting were creative and fun to read about. There is a bit of romance, but it's not overly sappy. The story is different and I'm excited to see where it goes!
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

And after receiving emails from the author with his book trailer and weekly videos, I was completely reeled in and ready to start reading :)

The book starts off with Steve and the Line character (from the videos) giving a speech about the city. When I began reading, the book reminded me a bit of Hunger Games, but by Chapter 2 the author was successful in creating a totally different story. This is a dystopian book that follows the main character
Valentina Stroganoff
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book while scoping out new authors to follow on twitter. I came across Bob Collopy's work and was immediately captivated. What really reeled me in was the thought and creativity put behind his promotional videos. Personally I look for life behind the words I read and seeing his ideas put together in a short clip really made me want to read more about the world of Line and the Department of Smoke.

The plot is fascinating and the characters are pretty well-developed. As a reader of Phi
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok

Publisher: FIIK

Publishing Date: June 2017

ISBN: 9780991378531

Genre: Dystopian

Rating: 2.2/5

Publishers Description: New San Francisco is the last city standing on a world ravaged by storms of ash and debris. The city survived by putting the ideals of the American dream on steroids and inspiring its people to persevere, though they have become ruthless in the process. Its citizens are ruled by the General, who has made sure that his people understand that gent
Mar 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is very late, but I still wanted to get to it eventually. To keep it short, I didn't care for this book, personally. I read the updated version as well.

I felt it tried to do many things, but it didn't succeed in them. It had a Hunger Games-esque style of dystopia, which was never really made clear. We were thrown into the world. I'm all for that. However, despite the random info dump sections given as monologues by certain characters, I was still left massively confused. The Phoenix Cycle e
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
I received this book from the author as part of the R&R Reads Book Tour for an honest review!

I am REALLY into dystopian books. Like REALLY into them. So when I read the synopsis of The Phoenix Cycle by Bob Collopy, I knew I had to read it. The story takes place in a world where the air is barely breathable (giant black clouds of thunderstorms that roll into town every night, yikes!), the society is taken over by a cult called The Inner Circle that controls literally everything, and if you just c
Alexandra Mack
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This novel reminds me of 1984, if it was written today rather than in 1940. It transports reader into a new world where the government tells the citizens how to act, and even tells them which emotions that they should feel. The “Inner Circle”/Party rules the city, but even they do not live easy lives. Everyone must work to support the government, and virtual reality is the only escape that some people participate in. Steve wants to be a part of the revolutionary army but the stakes are high and ...more
Lilly Charysma
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book and so complex from many points of view. We have treason, a corrupt political system, people who believe (blindly sometimes) in it and to top it all, we have a mix of reality with philosophical concepts. It is a story that forces us to think, not only to imagine.

We have a world in which perfection is needed. Only the best, the beautiful are accepted and it is an honor to be among the chosen ones. Nature may be the worst enemy, but are the leaders true in their wor
Jessica Bronder
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A meteor strike has caused a nuclear winter where ash constantly falls. The story takes place in New San Francisco. This world has been divided into two castes, the Inner Circle and the lower caste that lives in slum sections, the one we delve into is called Edingburg. The Phoenix Cycle is an opportunity for young men and women to try to raise their castes. The story follows Steve, a resistance member that is trying to get into the Inner Circle.

There is a lot of philosophy in this story and I w
Chessy The Cat
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Steve and Leslie have reached their Phoenix Cycle. They have been handpicked to join the Guard, for Steve, or the Inner Circle, for Leslie.  They have the option to decline and live the remainder of their lives in the New San Francisco district called Edingburg, all of this overseen by the General. This is their opportunity to rise or forever condemned to the slums.

The IRA has been tried to fight and overthrow the General for twenty plus years. Steve has that fight in his blood. But, what about
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
**This book was reviewed via Netgalley/Independent Request

Collopy’s The Phoenix Cycle is an intense leap into a dystopic world unlike any other. The earth has been struck by a meteor, causing nuclear winter. In the city of New San Francisco, society has become divided into an elite caste, the Inner Circle, and a lower caste that lives in sectors sprawled around the Inner Circle complex. One such sector is Edingburg.

We follow Steve, a member of the resistance, as he prepares to make a decision ab
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this, I found the concept interesting and the fact that the characters were based on a philosophy or philosopher made the book twice as interesting.
Jennifer (JC-S)
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
‘You are the best stock this Phoenix Cycle could hope to reap!’

Picture this. The world has been ravaged by storms of ash and debris. Only one city has survived: New San Francisco. New San Francisco has survived because it is ruled by the General. He has ensured that the people of New San Francisco understand that there is no room for weakness, no room for pity. The city is ruled by the Inner Circle, and Steve and Leslie have a chance to join that Inner Circle. It’s a once in a life chance to app
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The world has been destroyed and now there is only one city left and that is New San Francisco where the government has most of the city under control by keeping them in virtual realties. They have this station like places where people get into to tubes and their cost of living expense is much cheaper. They are called Tubers.

Application day is coming up for Leslie and Steve where if they get to choose to take the General up on his offer to have a better life for themselves. They will have to gi
Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Dystopians are a dime a dozen since the Hunger Games got super popular, and this is get another book that jumps on the bandwagon of miserable, futuristic worlds. Set sometime in the future in San Francisco, it follows a society that is strictly ruled by a governing body and how the resistance is plotting against them. Which sounds like another version of a lot of other books, to be honest, but I was curious to give t
Lady Lavin
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
A really great story that reminded me a bit like the hunger games. I just couldn't put it down I wanted the book to last so much longer. I really would recommend this book ...more
Mary Jane
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s rare to find a book that’s both entertaining and intelligent: I found both in the Phoenix Cycle. I read both the beta test book and the final product. It is refreshing that the author listened to his readers! This carefully crafted book takes the reader on a romp through a period of time after a cataclysmic hit by an asteroid or asteroids. One area on Earth has survived better than most but at the expense of maligned immigrants. Prejudice is unabashedly explored. The primary characters are ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Have you ever watched a video where it's mostly chaotic clips from a crowd or rally-type event? Where the scene keeps cutting to something slightly different? That's what reading this book was like. It wasn't one long flow, but rather, it was choppy little scenes. I will admit that I had a hard time getting into, and staying into, the story. The constant scene and style changes kept throwing me out of it.

There is a lot of creativity here, and some scary-because-they're-plausible dystopian situat
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I found this to be a very difficult read. The book raises many questions, regarding how the current state of the world originated. None of these are answered.
The plot line seems a bit vague and not easily followed.
The journal entries and radio broadcasts littered throughout the book, don't appear to support or enhance the story in any way.
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Steve and Leslie were interesting characters that I had to keep reading to find out what happened. I enjoyed the book as it felt a bit like the Hunger Games series, but for adults. I only wish that there was more background on how and why the world became what it was in this book. I hope the author decides to write a prequel in the future!
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, reviewed, arc, 2017
This review also features on All Things Amy.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Phoenix Cycle is a perplexing blend of dystopia and philosophy, set in a world where the only city left standing is only vaguely functional because of its intense propagation of the American Dream. I found myself drawn in by the premise (and the author’s promise that the main characters were rooted in philosophical theory) despite knowing, deep down, that the last thing I really needed
Chloe Smith
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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(I received a free copy of this book digitally from the author)

The Phoenix Cycle is a dystopian-style novel where the world has destroyed itself so much that it is ravaged by ash clouds and storms every night causing the remaining citizens of New San Francisco to hide underground, in bunkers, or secure buildings. New San Francisco is our setting for The Phoenix Cycle and is run by a dictator who goes by the name, the General – a m
Paul Williams
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I got this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

The book synopsis sounded quite good. The fact that I get emails from the author with video broadcasts of the rebellious faction is good. Didn't hold up to the promise....

This is one of those books that I struggled with- though persevered to actually complete reading it. The book promised so much however I am drawn into a world that appears to be a massive "New San Francisco" without any real idea of why people are all drawn together. Why there
Al Burke
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Consider this a tentative review. Although this book has been out for some time, the author sent me an ARC as he is revamping it for a fresh release, which in my honest opinion, is a good idea. As you start reading, you would begin to compare it to other dystopian novels (or series) such as The Hunger Games, 1984 and even touches of the Matrix. As you progress, you would realise The Phoenix Cycle is it's own entity. The story is engaging and entices you to keep reading, mixing philosophy with ac ...more
K.J. Chapman
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This review is featured on my blog: Writerly Bookish Stuff.

An imaginative, dystopian novel that doesn’t shy away from the brutality of a post apocalyptic world, and clings to the us and them concept.

The narrative could have been streamlined a little more. There were times when my brain was playing catch up, although the pace wasn’t that fast. The male protag had motivation and led an intriguing life that kept the pages turning. I would have liked more character development, but the flitting betw
J.S. Ellis
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
The author sent me a free of this book in exchange of an honest review. I found the story to be engaging but the radio announcement did interpret the pace of my reading, which took me out of the story. Sometimes, I had to go back and re-read what I just read as there was too much information, although it’s not a fast paced story.

I liked Steve the main character view point, at first I thought it was going to be another “Hunger Games” the one thing hating doing is comparing books. Each book is go
Amber Hawke
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise by Bob Collopy was a bit confusing to me it was like being thrown into the deep end of the pool with no life preserver or life jacket. I could not get a feel for why the world in this book was the way it was. However, once I got over my desire to understand the world state I did find it a decent read. I hope the author decides to write a book to become before this one to explain the world state in the future.
Kim Lo
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Confusing, overly descriptive and way too complex for its own good. The Phoenix Cycle has been one of those frustrating reads that takes a whole lot of energy to get through. There are pet peeves in reading that it commits and doesn’t stay uniform to what it tries to achieve. There always seems to be a depths and layers that get carried away far too much than it has given enough time to build-up for. The Phoenix Cycle feels very much like othe
Jessica Belmont
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Wow! I’m super impressed with this book. I let it sink in for a bit before writing my review, because it is super complex and I needed time to process.

The Phoenix Cycle is one of those books that succeeds in multiple points of view, along with multiple concepts. The author was able to mix reality in with philosophy to create a story that required you, as a reader, to think.

I really loved the idea of mixing a world that is so focus
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