The Phoenix Files promises to be a great science fiction series for kids by a young Australian author, Chris Morphew. The first in the series, Arrival (PB $16.95), introduces us to Luke, a teen whose parents are getting a divorce and whose mum drags him from Sydney to Phoenix. At first Phoenix seems a little strange but as time goes on, Luke’s new home becomes downright scary. The city is overrun with armed security, Luke can’t contact his father as both the phones and internet are mysteriously down and worst of all, Luke manages to overhear strange conversations in which people are planning to wipe out everyone who lives outside of Phoenix. And then Luke and his friends stumble across a giant wall that seems to enclose the entire city. Luke is beginning to wish the end of the world really wasn’t his problem…but it is.
The sequel, Contact (PB $16.95) has just been released.
Recommended for boys 13+