Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (66): Phoenix Island by John Dixon

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser is from Phoenix Island by John Dixon. Wow, guys. This book is intense and brutal and disturbing, but so, so good! Has anyone else seen Boot Camp with Mila Kunis? That movie gave me freaking nightmares and that's what this is, except more. Some parts of this book made me so uncomfortable I had to take a break, but it was so worth the read! Plus it is so cool looking in hardcover!

If they kill me, they will remember my strength; I will force them to live with the memory of my strength forever. And if I live, I will escape from Phoenix Island, and I will tell the world. I will bring these people down.

{Phoenix Island, Ch. 13}

Synopsis of Phoenix Island:

The judge told Carl that one day he'd have to decide exactly what kind of person he would become. But on Phoenix Island, the choice will be made for him.

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 bullies. His latest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court is sending Carl to the worst place on earth: Phoenix Island.

Classified as a terminal facility, it's the end of the line for delinquents who have no home, no family, and no future. Located somewhere far off the coast of the United States and immune to its laws, the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run by sadistic drill sergeants who show no mercy to their young, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stay until his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play by the rules, so he makes friends with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed girl named Octavia. But he makes enemies, too, and after a few rough scrapes, he earns himself the nickname "Hollywood" as well as a string of punishments, including a brutal night in the sweatbox. But that's nothing compared to what awaits him in the Chop Shop: a secret government lab where Carl is given something he never dreamed of.

A new life. . . .

A new body. A new brain.

Gifts from the fatherly Old Man, who wants to transform Carl into something he's not sure he wants to become.

For this is no ordinary government project. Phoenix Island is ground zero for the future of combat intelligence.

And for Carl, it's just the beginning. . .

For more about Phoenix Island check out these sites!


  1. Why haven't I heard of this one yet? Cool cover, interesting premise...Hmmmm. TBR list!

  2. Yikes! That does sound really intense =O It lost me at chop shop, I was like okaayy, not reading that one, haha.


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