Nyle's life with her grandmother on their Vermont sheep farm advances rhythmically through the seasons until the night of the accident at the Cookshire nuclear. Phoenix Rising (): Karen Hesse: Books. Phoenix Rising is a book by Karen Hesse. It is a realistic fiction book about a year-old girl named Nyle and her grandmother, and how their lives are.

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Phoenix Rising book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Nyle's life with her grandmother on their Vermont sheep farm advanc. The Phoenix Rising book. Read 23 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. As the most serious threat ever facing the galaxy now looms over. Phoenix Rising book. Read 39 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In a future world where fossil fuels have run out and democracy has.

For me, the authors demonstrated a good grasp of the steampunk theme, although centering this story more around the characters rather than the setting meant that a true Victorian setting was not exactly represented. The focus on Eliza and Wellington allowed for funny and witty dialogue and action sequences, often leading to explosive conclusions.

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Jasper de Joode, 9. In graphic novels and films the aesthetic can clearly be seen, but when this has to be described to a reader it can often be far more underwhelming, and I have been searching for a really good novel that shows the darkness as well as the brassy gadgets. The Newbury and Hobbes books veered around the edges of this, but had more of a horrific element where humans and machines became merged.

I really liked it. This was far more flashy, but a fun read nonetheless. Cat Fitzpatrick, 7. For me, th A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 2 8.

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Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Have you read Phoenix Rising? We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. My biggest issue with this book was my inability to picture most of what was going on. From what This review and others posted over at my blog.

From what I gather, a series of natural disasters destroyed the society as we know it and knocked out much of our technology. None of this information gave me a clear picture and it felt like disaster overkill. It has two different types of engines, one for traditional fuel and another for combustibles, and it also has paddles. The crew of The Phoenix is forgettable.

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The captain is kind but firm and dedicated to his ragtag crew of semi-criminals. Various crew members are mentioned throughout the book — some more than others, and they seem to either like Toby or dislike him. Toby feels much younger than his age and is more caring and trusting than I think a child who grew up with a hard life at sea, amidst a ship full of wanted men and women, should be.

His relationship with Ayla is an awkward back and forth of trust issues and unwarranted care for each other and I kept forgetting they were teens because they behaved more like ten-year-olds. The stakes felt low because I had no connection with any of the characters and there was some info-dumping that could have fleshed out the characters some, but I was too tired to care at that point.

I think Pearce was trying to cram too much into one book and as a result, the world-building, characters and plot all fell flat for me. I received this book from Sky Pony Press in exchange for an honest review.

Nov 08, Dusty Griffin rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Phoenix Rising follows the story of teenage pirate Toby Ford and his travels aboard the Phoenix in a world of garbage-filled seas and blinding sunlight.

Years before the story starts, the world had run out of natural oil, bringing the governments and corporations into chaos as they fight for power and resources.

While all of this happens, a supervolcano erupts, bringing the world into darkness caused by ash clouds. Along with this, the Earth's seas become so salty that it becomes near impossible Phoenix Rising follows the story of teenage pirate Toby Ford and his travels aboard the Phoenix in a world of garbage-filled seas and blinding sunlight.

Along with this, the Earth's seas become so salty that it becomes near impossible for life to inhabit on it. Toby Ford is doing his regular duties on the Phoenix, which are maintaining the boat's boiler room to make sure the paddles keep rowing. One day, he finds a piece of scrap out on the ocean, an airplane that may be filled with valuables.

He and the Phoenix's crew don't know it yet, but this one salvage mission will bring problems for them in the future, mainly when against rival ship the Banshee. I'll be blunt when I say most of this book did not float well with me, which is rather disheartening because the plot had so much potential to be good. Sadly, it did not live up to such a great idea.

There is a LOT of world building within this book, but it ends up useless when I don't care about anything that happens in the said world. The man Toby saves in the prologue, Marcus, has so little personality that it surprises me that his rescue was even given any recognition. With this fatal flaw, whenever a character dies in the story, it just feels like background noise.

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Hiko is any kid dystopian character that dies in the end but doesn't die. Polly is probably the only interesting character, which isn't saying much because she's a robotic parrot with a personality. For a dystopian novel that constantly talks about battles aboard rusting ships surrounded by toxic waters and robot birds, it feels BORING.

The first half simply drags on for too long for what is supposed to be an intense battle between two rival pirate groups. Even when the main characters reach a new port town, the story only picks up around the near end of that whole ordeal. AT times, there are moments where you would see typos such as: Sadly, they only make a rotten meal slightly more bearable.

Overall, Phoenix Rising gets 3 crackers out of Feb 10, Andra rated it really liked it. A great read!

As an avid reader, I have the opportunity of reading many, many books. This is a great problem to have; I don't deny that. However, when you're reading anywhere from books a week for fun, plus per week for work, it takes a really strong showing for a book to really stand out and keep your attention.

Phoenix Rising was that book for me. Bryony Pierce doesn't waste time in setting the A great read! Bryony Pierce doesn't waste time in setting the scene, as we start out with a spotlight on our MC Toby in the place he feels most at home; the boiler room on the salvage ship the Phoenix.

As he struggles to fix a steam leak we're given a lot of recap and character history, all mixed together with a lot of complicated steam-related science.

Add in an exciting salvage project and the potential for enemy pirates stealing their prize, you get a TON of action in the first half of the book. For a short while, I felt lost against the plot. It seemed as though I alone didn't understand what was happening, as the book kept chugging along and almost didn't let me catch up. It made it hard to suss out the primary characters from the secondary, but I suppose that's a good thing. It means that even if they were C-list characters you got to know them by name and started to care for them or hate them just a little bit.

I admit that I was overwhelmed; however, if you stick with it and keep going, your brain patches together a whose-who of the motley salvage crew and you really start enjoying them as the family they are.

Enter Ayla, the second-in-command of the Banshee, whose captain will stop at nothing to seek revenge upon the captain of the Phoenix.

She's larger-than-life, kicks butt better than the boys, and is positively lethal with a knife. No wonder Toby falls for her, especially as she's the first girl his age he's ever met.

Without giving you too much details, their story gets predictably sappy and full of teenaged angst at the end of the book after a particularly gut-wrenching twist, but in spite of the melodrama, I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow as the plot continued to charge forward around them.

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I took a look at some other reader's reviews for Phoenix Rising and found that the main complaint was about the technology being too technical and confusing. I felt that the pseudo-science that Pierce applied to her tech was very believable.

I mean, we are looking at a futuristic wasteland. The combination of industrial technologies with solar and computer tech was interesting and fun, and did a great job of setting the scene as this poisonous, trashy wasteland. I am giving Phoenix Rising a resounding 4. The world-building was astoundingly and realistically crafted to show a world that could very easily be ours one day. I docked a few points because near the end, the suspense between Toby and Ayla turned got too melodramatic for my tastes, as well as those few key details kept from me as a reader at the beginning of the book, but overall Phoenix Rising is a wonderful adventure.

There's action, battle, a mystery, and a clear future for this story as a series. I for one cannot wait for book two to come out!

Oct 29, Alex rated it really liked it. In a not so distant future the world suffers from a mega volcano that changes the way everyone lives. Toby has grown up on the pirate ship Phoenix that his father the captain built.

The pirates circle the world trying to find salvage that they can barter or sell. When his dad is captured, Toby finds help from an unlikely ally. This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn. This actually has an even cooler premise than I thought it would going in. I guess I didn't read the description very carefully, because I saw "pirates" and thought "historical fiction. This book actually tells a story set in a bleak future where fossil fuel supplies have dried up, the sun was entirely blocked by atmospheric gases for several decades, and the oceans have become cluttered full of garbage from ancient garbage dumps that broke apart during land shifts.

It's actually an amazing premise, isn't it?

All that to say. It's got gobs of semi-minor characters everywhere, and I had a terrible time trying to keep them all straight.

Even the two main characters, both of whom are about fourteen, kill multiple people throughout the book. As for Ayla, she's not in the book as much as you'd think from the description. She shows up about a third of the way through, actually. I think she's supposed to be a tough but lovable character, one of those "enemies with a heart of gold.

Ayla seems like a troubled soul, and I do wish her greater happiness in the future, but I don't really see her as an innocent in this story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Oct 09, Someone rated it it was amazing.

The idea of the book is very interesting, with many interesting things in the story keeping the reader hooked, wanting more of the story. Really well executed and the characters and events feel real. Mar 17, April rated it liked it Shelves: Decent post-apocalyptic middle grade adventure.

I picked this book up because I liked the theme of salvaging to survive, and I couldn't put it down. I just kept telling myself just a few more pages until I just gave up and finished it in a day. My 14 year old son loved this book! May 25, Mieneke rated it really liked it Shelves: The future Pearce evokes for us is bleak and its causes are frighteningly plausible.

She sets up the timeline quickly and innovatively through a four-page spread of newspaper clippings, that quickly inform us about the biggest causes for the collapse of society as we know it today. These causes range from humanity poisoning the Earth to natural disasters.

Pearce also clearly thought through all the effects of what happened and what the consequences would be, for example the fact that humanity would become photosensitive when existing in a perpetual gloom due to ashes in the atmosphere.

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These details are dropped in the narrative without great bombast, but they are there for the finding and I loved that. Within this changed world and changed civilisation, Pearce positions her narrative mainly on the Phoenix, a ship that contains a society in miniature and shows the breadth of experiences different people had after the collapse in the stories of the crew members.

I adored the diversity of characters and experiences onboard the Phoenix. Uma, Marcus, Dee and Nisha were all great, but my favourites had to be our protagonist Toby and the youngest member of the crew, Hiko. Toby is interesting because of his position on the ship. Part of the narrative is Toby coming to grips with his desire to break free and be considered an adult and be respected in his own right, a struggle that is most clearly reflected in his interactions with the villainous Crocker and Peel.

Another way his growing maturity is shown is his bond with Hiko. He feels responsible for the younger boy and both protects him and allows him to shine by giving him responsibilities of his own. Toby is always shadowed by his parrot, Polly, who is far more than a simple parrot.

I absolutely loved Polly and her hectoring ways. I know she was an AI in a robotic body, but she felt real and fully developed to me.

Being confined to a Phoenix point of view also means we only learn the true nature of the enmity between the Phoenix and the Banshee relatively late in the book.

To be fair, I just really loved Ayla, so my desire for her viewpoint stems from the desire to spend more time with her as well. I really enjoyed Phoenix Rising. As a YA novel it sits somewhat at the younger end of the scale in my opinion, without losing any of its complexity. Pearce manages to infuse a lot of interesting and thought-provoking themes into the books about politics, climate change and what happens when those two collide.

If dystopia is your cup of tea then you should definitely check out Phoenix Rising. This book was provided for review by the publisher.

Jun 01, Sahina Bibi rated it really liked it. Hesse has displayed considerable skill in creating a contemporary tale of hope and love rising, like a phoenix, from destruction and despair. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont. Our Privacy Notice has been updated to explain how we use cookies, which you accept by continuing to use this website.

To withdraw your consent, see Your Choices. About the author. From the Publisher Square Fish. Latest on Facebook Facebook.While it's juvenile fiction, nothing about it reads that way. What I liked most about The Phoenix was how their somewhat dim-witted frontman was controlled by an evil scientist in the shadows. This story answers some of the unanswered questions posed in the first book, but adds many more questions.

Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. Enlarge cover. It is a fascinating read for scientists and lay persons and of course a moving emotional story which will certainly find many readers worldwide.

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