Read + Review: The Phoenix by S. F. Said

Phoenix

Lucky used to be an ordinary teenager except for one thing: he has never known his father. He lived with his mother on a mild planet, until one day, he has a strange dream. He can fly through space, feeling and “knowing” the stars. He gets too close to one and wakes up. However, he has burned through his sheets. He tries to change them without his mother noticing, but she then realizes what happened. Without telling Lucky anything, she takes him and flees to the nearest spacecraft. Surprisingly, instead of choosing a human pilot, she takes them to an Axxa, the deadly enemy aliens of humans. As they are about to flee from this unknown something, powerful agents called Shadow Guards appear and his mother sacrifices herself as a distraction. Lucky flees into space, alone with only an Axxa family to keep him company. He decides to search for his father to get answers, but he has no idea where to look. Lucky gradually develops a friendship with the Axxans, and they search the galaxy with the help of beings who can tell the past and the future. As Lucky explores and discovers what he never expected in his life, he learns truths about his family and about himself. He finds that he has a unique power which is gradually burning and killing him. In the end, will he be able to sacrifice himself to save the galaxy, or will everyone fall to the power of the Wolf?
This was a well-paced book, with characters that were developed carefully. The different tones and moods emphasized certain ideas and established a strong overall atmosphere. I enjoyed the writing style, for it was both simple and elegant at the same time. The storyline was well crafted, with twists and turns that made it interesting. The author wrote the book in a way that makes the audience want to read to the end to find out all that happens. There was also some humor which added to the overall quality of the read. Ultimately, I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to a friend.
When reading the book, some of the most unique aspects were the illustrations. The black and white drawings generally portray dreamlike, beautiful images with highly intricate details and abstract forms that stay in the mind for long periods of time.
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Reviewed by Shivram, Grade 9, Gayton library  

 

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