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Jun 02

Review: Arrival by Chris Morphew

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Arrival by Chris MorphewArrival by Chris Morphew
Series: The Phoenix Files #1
Published by Hardie Grant Egmont on 2009
Genres: action & adventure, fiction, science fiction, thriller & suspense, young adult fiction
Pages: 304
Source: ARC received from publisher
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Book 1 in the bestselling Phoenix Files series. Luke is having a rough year. When his parents split up, his mum drags him to Phoenix, a brand-new town in the middle of nowhere. But Phoenix is no ordinary town. There are no cars, no phones and no internet. Luke thinks this is as weird as it gets. Then he discovers that someone is plotting to wipe out the human race. Phoenix is suddenly the safest and most dangerous place on earth. And the clock is ticking. There are one hundred days until the end of the world.

When Luke Hunter and his mother arrive in Phoenix, a town built in the Australian outback to house Shackleton Co-operative employees and their families, Luke feels uneasy about the town. His fears are soon realised when a series of strange events draw him and his two new friends Peter and Jordan into a dangerous search for truth in the secretive town where they can trust no-one, especially those in authority.

Arrival covers the first 12 days of a one hundred day countdown to the end of the world. Only the residents of Phoenix will survive the impending doom.

I have recently been following Chris Morphew on Twitter (which isn’t nearly as stalker-ish as it sounds). I have been enjoying his amusing updates/tweets, which helped to build a sense of anticipation for the first instalment of The Phoenix Files.

I really enjoyed this book and was keen to get back to it if my reading time was interrupted. As I neared the final pages I found myself frustrated that I was going to have to wait until February 2010 for the second book, The Phoenix Files: Contact.

Abounding in conspiracy theories and evil men with megalomaniacal plots to takeover the world, The Phoenix Files: Arrival sets the scene for the remaining five books in the series. The pace is quick, the characters engaging and the plot far-fetched yet compelling.

This is a great suspense series for kids aged 11+ that will quite possibly appeal to their parents as well. I know I enjoyed reading it and will be eagerly awaiting the second book in the series early next year.

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3 comments

  1. Blond Duck

    I’m a fellow writer who popped in from SITS to say hi!

    1. Keyla

      I lilraetly jumped out of my chair and danced after reading this!

  2. Rebecca

    I came by to tell you there is an award waiting for you on my blog! http://imlostinbooks.blogspot.com/2009/06/ive-been-awarded-yippee.html

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