Phoenix: A Black City Novel

Phoenix: A Black City Novel

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by Elizabeth Richards
     
 

The extraordinary sequel to Black City, for fans of the Legend trilogy

Ash Fisher believes his troubles are far behind him. He and Natalie are engaged and life seems good. But his happiness is short-lived when he receives a threatening visit from Purian Rose, who gives Ash an ultimatum: vote in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that

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The extraordinary sequel to Black City, for fans of the Legend trilogy

Ash Fisher believes his troubles are far behind him. He and Natalie are engaged and life seems good. But his happiness is short-lived when he receives a threatening visit from Purian Rose, who gives Ash an ultimatum: vote in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp, or Natalie will be killed. At first, the decision is clear, but can Ash really risk the lives of millions of Darklings to save the one he loves?

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"Exciting and compelling plot...will have readers quickly turning pages. This reviewer will no doubt be back to see where the tale goes next."--VOYA — VOYA

"Ash and Natalie are strong, clever, and determined to prevail. The ongoing struggle between good and bad is delineated with heart-thumping action and strong plotting. A cliff-hanger ending will have fans eager for the next installment."--Booklist — Booklist

"The mix of other races, politics, war, and biological weapons keeps Ash and Natalie on the run. Those they think they know may turn on them and grave misunderstandings threaten to keep them apart."--Library Media Connection, Recommended Review — Library Media Connection

Booklist
"Ash and Natalie are strong, clever, and determined to prevail. The ongoing struggle between good and bad is delineated with heart-thumping action and strong plotting. A cliff-hanger ending will have fans eager for the next installment."—Booklist
Library Media Connection
"The mix of other races, politics, war, and biological weapons keeps Ash and Natalie on the run. Those they think they know may turn on them and grave misunderstandings threaten to keep them apart."—Library Media Connection, Recommended Review
VOYA - Sean Rapacki
Every reader has pet peeves, and this reviewer's is the narrative device "the terrible secret." This plot device revolves around one character having a secret so awful that they cannot share it with the character to whom they are closest, causing them to act in such a way that both characters become enmeshed in a misunderstanding that nearly tears them apart until the protracted-yet-inevitable moment when the truth finally comes out. For a good deal of this sequel, "the terrible secret" rules are in effect: Natalie realizes she is infected with a deadly disease known as the Wrath but decides to keep it secret from her fiance, Ash, because the revelation would be too crushing for him. Needless to say, her failure to share the information leads to misunderstandings and bad feelings between them that seem like a frustrating and unnecessary distraction from an otherwise exciting and compelling plot. The revolution begun in Black City (Putnam, 2012/Voya December 2012) is in full effect, and both sides are taking their gloves off. There are torture and terrorism competing with the romance this time around, plus a new human-animal hybrid species called lupines that represents a particularly nasty variation on Team Jacob. Probably the least satisfying aspect of this mash-up of supernatural romance and dystopian fiction in terms of writing quality is the romance, but as with the first book in the series, the rest of the plot will have readers quickly turning pages. This reviewer will no doubt be back to see where the tale goes next. Reviewer: Sean Rapacki
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—In this follow-up to Black City (Putnam, 2012), half-Darkling Ash and human Natalie continue to pursue their forbidden romance while fighting totalitarian ruler Purian Rose. In a dystopia newly revealed as an alternate North America, Ash has become a walking symbol for unity, and each side has acquired new allies: the wolflike Lupines sniff out Rose's enemies while the feline Bastets join the resistance. After a rigged vote gives Rose a mandate for racial segregation, Ash and Natalie set off to find a hidden biological weapon. Jealousy soon erupts when Ash suspects Natalie of cheating on him with their new companion, Bastet Elijah. The writing is sloppy, details are inconsistent or unexplained, and decontextualized references to World War II (children relocated by train, undesirables referred to as "vermin") rankle. Promising plot points are introduced and then seemingly abandoned, but the conclusion ties up loose ends and provides a ready opening for the third book. As was the case in Black City, pithy phrases abound ("Hope isn't a luxury I have anymore")-and although constant misunderstandings between Ash and Natalie provide narrative tension, readers might wonder why this supposedly strong relationship is so devoid of honesty and trust. The amplified emotions, perpetual narrow escapes, and paranormal love triangle will attract teens craving a pastiche of familiar elements from Twilight and The Hunger Games, but those looking for nuance or originality will want to seek out more sophisticated alternatives.—Jill Ratzan, I. L. Peretz Community Jewish School, Somerset, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
The turgid adventures of a half-breed vampire and the human girl who loves him continue (Black City, 2012). Having been crucified and burned and then resurrected, Ash is now known as the Phoenix, the poster boy for the Humans for Unity rebellion (though far from a Christ figure, despite obvious symbolism). On the eve of the vote that will determine whether vampire Darklings and other Impurities will be permanently confined in ghettos, he proposes to girlfriend Natalie, who accepts with cloyingly girlish delight. The vote goes badly; evil dictator Purian Rose cracks down on Black City. With sexy Bastet Elijah, Ash and Natalie flee, hoping to find a supposed superweapon that can shift the balance of power. (In addition to humans and vampires, this alternative, weakly steampunk-y North America has cat- and wolf-people, though their attributes are as arbitrary as everything else.) The boilerplate dystopian present-tense narration alternates between Ash's and Natalie's identical voices, ploddingly describing every action and overwrought emotion. Natalie worries she is infected with the Wrath, a deadly vampire disease; in order to spare Ash, she hides it from him, a transparent and tedious device evidently meant to boost the romantic tension. People die, bloodily; allies turn traitor; breasts heave. When Natalie isn't engaging in unlikely heroics, she vomits a lot--is it the Wrath, or…? Just as dreadful as the first book. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780147511379
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/12/2014
Series:
A Black City Novel Series, #2
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
214,240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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