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Phoenix – SF Said (Illustrated by Dave McKean)

“Lucky dreamed of the stars again that night. He loved the stars, and dreamed about them most nights. A million points of silver light, shining in the black. 
But this dream was different. This time, the stars were calling him. They were trying to tell him something. They were making a small soft, silvery sound, like the chime of a faraway bell.”

There was never anything unusual about Lucky. He lived with his mum on Phoenix and his dad was off fighting in the War Zone. When he wakes up after a powerful dream to find his bed sheet has been reduced to ashes though, things start getting scary. His mum panics, tries to get them away from Phoenix and in doing so, gets killed. Now Lucky is on the run, he has to find his father to get answers to the hundreds of questions that have now developed. In a world where aliens and humans are deadly enemies Lucky has to put his trust in an Alien starship crew and an alien warrior girl with neon needles in her hair. It soon becomes apparent that Lucky doesn’t just need to run but together with his new companions, he must find a way to save the galaxy as he is joined to the universe in a way he could never have imagined. 

The supernova is coming guys, and its going to be a great read, take my word for it! 
This story, wow. I have to admit I was wary at first… I don’t do sci-fi and aliens are sometimes a bit much for me. Phoenix started off a bit slow and in truth the reason I carried on reading was because of the fantastic illustrations, but it soon picked up and my oh my, I’m glad I kept reading! The story follows Lucky, confused and trying to find answers, it also follows an alien crew who have their own battles they are fighting and their own theories about the war. Lucky soon comes to realise that there are a lot of things about the world he didn’t know and had been lied to about and that he has to trust the beings that the human leaders have telling him are evil all along. 
This read was action packed and once it got started I don’t think it stopped, I was on the edge of my seat all the way through and I was rallying for Lucky and the team too. The twists and turns that occured were fascinating to see and there was an amazing route for the story that unfolded in the best way. I loved how you honestly believe the things that Lucky has been told to believe at the beginning of the book and the way you come to realise things as Lucky does is brilliant. 
I wanted to read this book because it sounded really good but I didn’t expect it to be as incredible as it was. I absolutely loved it once I got my head around all the backstory and the relationships within it were magical. I loved the way the characters interacted with each other and how they were all torn by choices because of their friends, loved ones or enemies. I think my favourite character had to be Bixa but Mystica and Lucky come in close too. The illustrations really brought the book to life and I absolutely loved them, they weren’t usual and they were a perfect fit for the story. 
I can’t recommend Phoenix enough, it was an amazing read which had me hooked, don’t be put off with the size as the text is quite large and a fair few of the pages are taken up with illustrations so it really doesn’t take long to read, the writing is so illustrative that I couldn’t help but picture each and every sentence as it happened and that helped me love the book even more. If sci-fi is your thing then Phoenix is a must-read, if sci-fi isn’t your thing then Phoenix is a should-read, trust me! 

Phoenix was published on August 1st by David Fickling Books. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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