judge told Carl that one day he’d have to decide exactly what kind of
person he would become. But on Phoenix Island, the choice will be ma de
A champion boxer with a sharp
hook and a short temper, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled
from foster home to foster home. He can’t seem to stay out of
trouble—using his fists to defend weaker classmates from bullies. His
latest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the
court is sending Carl to the worst place on earth: Phoenix Island.
Classified as a “terminal
facility,” it’s the end of the line for delinquents who have no home, no
family, and no future. Located somewhere far off the coast of the
United States—and immune to its laws—the island is a grueling
Spartan-style boot camp run by sadistic drill sergeants who show no
mercy to their young, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stay until his
eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play by the rules, so he makes
friends with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed
girl named Octavia. But he makes enemies, too, and after a few rough
scrapes, he earns himself the nickname “Hollywood” as well as a string
of punishments, including a brutal night in the “sweatbox.” But that’s
nothing compared to what awaits him in the “Chop Shop”—a secret
government lab where Carl is given something he never dreamed of.
A new life. . . .
A new body. A new brain.
Gifts from the fatherly Old Man, who wants to transform Carl into something he’s not sure he wants to become.
For this is no ordinary government project. Phoenix Island is ground zero for the future of combat intelligence.
And for Carl, it’s just the beginning. . . .