Phoenix Island (Bram Stoker Award for Young Readers)

By John Dixon

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

The pass judgement on instructed Carl that someday he’d need to make a decision precisely what sort of individual he could turn into. yet on Phoenix Island, the alternative can be made for him.

A champion boxer with a pointy hook and a quick 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 shield weaker classmates from bullies. His most modern incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the courtroom is sending Carl to the worst position in the world: Phoenix Island.

Classified as a “terminal facility,” it’s the tip of the road for delinquents who've no domestic, no relatives, and no destiny. situated 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 convey 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 together 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 is often no traditional govt undertaking. Phoenix Island is floor 0 for the way forward for wrestle intelligence.

And for Carl, it’s just the start…

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That’s what this was once, purely the explosion used to be in his arm, no longer his head, and all these surprise strains, rather than capturing out of him, stayed within him and shot up his arm and into him, spreading and multiplying the ache. chickening out the stun gun, Parker regarded angrier than ever. one way or the other, Carl had handed the attempt, had controlled to keep up parade relaxation place and steer clear of crying out. For that he used to be grateful. He let loose a shuddering breath. He’d performed it. He’d taken a blast of 500,000 volts and hadn’t given Parker an inch. Parker grinned via his anger. “Not undesirable for the 1st one. ” the 1st one . . . after which the horror of it dawned on him; Parker had no goal of forestalling it doesn't matter what Carl did. He used to be going to maintain surprising Carl till Carl couldn’t take it anymore. He was once going to maintain pushing and pushing and pushing until eventually Carl eventually broke, after which he’d push a bit extra. good, Carl suggestion, he’s going to need to paintings at it. I’m unlikely to simply lie down for him. “You understand what, Hollywood? ” Parker stated. “I’m feeling style at the present time. you must cease, we will be able to cease. ” He driven his boot ahead. “All you'll want to do is be humble. Kiss my boots, and I’ll allow you to cross. ” “Just do what he wants,” Ross stated. Screw that. I won’t supply him the pride. “No? So be it. . . . In nonlethal wrestle college, they taught us the 3 top areas to stay a person with a stun gun: the hip, shoulder, and neck. What do you are saying we cross in that order? ” Parker reached out back. Carl heard the snort and observed the blue flash, and needles of discomfort tore into his hip. His muscle mass went tight as a fist, his jaw locked, and he strangled a scream in his throat. His physique jerked extra this time, yet he stood his floor. The discomfort was once shiny white. The preliminary surprise felt just like the explosion of a troublesome punch, however the ache used to be not anything just like the soreness of a struggle. combating generated suck-it-up-and-take-it ache. This stun gun soreness used to be anything else altogether. now not worse precisely, yet abrupt. It seized him, taking keep watch over of his physique, and this loss of regulate stuffed him with wild desperation. scuffling with it used to be extra like scuffling with panic than discomfort. It was once extra like drowning than getting punched. The electrical energy bring to a halt. by some means, he’d controlled to carry place and retain from yelling. Parker roared with laughter. “How’d that think, Hollywood? Huh? Let’s see what you do whilst I contact this factor in your shoulder. correct the place you were given your photographs at the present time . . . that should tickle. except you’re able to surrender taking part in video games. you recognize what you'll want to do: simply supply Daddy’s boots a smooch. ” Carl stated, “You’re not anything like my dad. ” “You’re right,” Parker acknowledged. “I’m nonetheless alive. ” Carl opened his mouth to inform Parker what he relatively considered him, yet then a yellow jolt whacked throughout his shoulder and during his chest, and it felt like there has been a poultry in his middle, flapping its wings. The surprise flashed up via his head, and Carl’s cranium felt like a shining lantern. With the discomfort got here the panic, yet nonetheless he didn't cry out, and notwithstanding his top physique jerked involuntarily, he controlled to maintain his arms in the back of his again and his legs unfold.

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