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Phoenix [Hardcover]

SF Said , Dave McKean
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Book Description

1 Aug 2013


Lucky thinks he's an ordinary Human boy. But one night, he dreams that the stars are singing - and wakes to find an uncontrollable power rising inside him.

Now he's on the run, racing through space, searching for answers. In a galaxy at war, where Humans and Aliens are deadly enemies, the only people who can help him are an Alien starship crew - and an Alien warrior girl, with neon needles in her hair.

Together, they must find a way to save the galaxy. For Lucky is not the only one in danger. His destiny and the fate of the universe are connected in the most explosive way . . .

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 038561814X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385618144
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.6 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliant . . . a total pageturner. . . gloriously produced" (Jacqueline Wilson)

"Completely absorbing . . . The book is beautiful - lavishly illustrated by Dave McKean, with words and pictures working seamlessly together." (Julia Eccleshare Guardian)

"This is fabulous, high-octane stuff, with an uplifting ending, stunningly illustrated by the brilliant McKean" (Sally Morris Daily Mail)

"Breathlessly paced . . . A powerful story of great scope and ambition, from an expert storyteller. And with these gorgeously deep black-and-white illustrations, the great McKean is on absolutely top form here." (Daniel Hahn The Independent on Sunday)

"A big (and big-hearted) story . . . Said's child-centred, inclusive text and McKean's gorgeous images combine to produce a story that will encourage young imaginations to take flight. The final sequence, in particular, is both stunning and uplifting." (Linda Buckley-Archer Guardian)

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From the creator of Varjak Paw, the famous Kung-fu Cat, comes the incredible story of the one boy who can save the Galaxy.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Power 2 Sep 2013
If you've ever dreamed about the stars, then you will love Phoenix, the story of a boy who does just that -- and finds himself flying among them, on an alien spaceship and through the power of his father's astrolabe, haunted by the songs of star beings called the Astraeus. Dave McKean's illustrations are literally out-of-this-world, taking the reader right into the heart of the stars, which is where SF Said's wondrous story begins and ends.

Leaving his home planet Phoenix after the stars sing to him, Lucky encounters travel at the speed of dark, star-worshipping aliens called the Axxa, almost-invisible government stealth ships, astrological martial arts, and whispers of a terrible threat, the wolf that eats the stars. The more he sees of the galaxy, in the company of his new Axxa friends Bixa Quicksilver and Frollix, the more he loves it -- and the more he wants to save it from the terrible war between Humans and Aliens that's thrown a great wall across space. But even neon-needled Bixa, the greatest fighter in the galaxy, doesn't know how to stop the war. When Lucky meets the Startalker of the Future, he learns that saving the galaxy may mean losing everything he loves. But -- even at the frozen edge of space, on a planet that shouldn't exist under the command of ferocious King Theobroma -- Lucky has Bixa and Frollix at his side, and together, they reach for the stars.

Phoenix thrills with the inventive, adventurous brio of the best of science fiction -- but Lucky's travels with the aliens with horns, hooves and glowing eyes tell a moving, accessible story about what matters most in our own world. This book has the power of a star to illuminate and inspire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Are Stardust... 16 Aug 2013
By Twig
I'd enjoyed reading the two Varjak Paw books to my kids,and on the strength of that, thought I'd give Phoenix a go. So glad I did. It's a fantastic read.

It's sci-fi novel, as the words on the back cover make clear. 'One boy alone can save the galaxy.' It sounds like a pretty tall order and yet, in SF Said's capable hands the gradual unfolding of the plot is entirely plausible - as well as immensely imaginative and loads of fun!

I'm not going to talk about that plot as the information is drip fed to the reader, and a summary would spoil things. So what is it about? Well, everything really! Good and bad - and the grey bits in between. Life and death. Love and hate. War and Peace. Creation and destruction. The universe. Life itself...

And with such immense themes at play, it is to Dave McKean's credit that the illustrations manage to convey so much so beautifully. Whole chunks of the book are a coming together of the text and the illustrations, almost like a graphic novel, and give the reader the feeling of careering through space.

There is a lot of high quality fiction around for kids at the moment. But for me, Phoenix stands out as one of the best. SF Said is a star!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping epic set among the stars 13 Sep 2013
SF Said's previous books, Varjak Paw and The Outlaw Varjak Paw, were assured and compulsively readable, while also managing to deal with the complex problems of growing with an admirably light touch. It turns out they were paving the way for Phoenix, which is a real triumph. From the moment the young hero, Lucky, wakes up with charred bedsheets the action whirls us away on a bizarre but entirely believable journey. In no time at all Lucky is flying among the stars, meeting new and scary people, making friends and finding out things about himself that seem impossible to believe.

Phoenix tells an amazing, wild story set among the galaxies exceptionally well, and it take us along with Lucky and his friends the whole way. It's exciting storytelling, but is also packs in a whole range of highly current concerns - racism, war, terrorism, depression, environmentalism, myth, ignorance, knowledge and the end of all life. It's not easy to glide through such potentially tough material without patronising younger readers, and to entertain all the way, but Phoenix pulls this off brilliantly. Said has also invented a whole series of highly convincing technologies and has equipped the future with ordinary details, establishing a time that is both now and far away from us. It's a society that needs to look beyond authority and science to the mysteries it has forgotten, and understand why they mattered. Sounds strangely familiar. And it features a super-cute, fire-snorting pet phoenix. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Corbeau
This is a beautiful story that takes you on a journey from the heart and emotions of a young guy to the fate of the universe. Dave McKean's wonderful artwork expands across the pages - a perfect match to SF Said's visual imagination where stars sing to each other. Kick ass characters with a pacifist ethic. Environmental destruction and war. A story about love and sacrifice. 'Phoenix' has a timeless message for any age that will change the way you look at the stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 4 Oct 2013
By Surge99
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I thought that this book was one of the best books that I have ever read and I've read a hell of a lot a books. I honestly don't know where s.f. said gets his ideas from. This book has an insane twist which will leave everyone who reads it open-mouthed. This was a real page turner, I could not put it down.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes books, sci-fi and adventure.

Surge99 (14 years-old)
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