- File Size: 2335 KB
- Print Length: 355 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0851MXX8P
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 28, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B084FCM8L7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Phoenix Project: Book I: Flight Kindle Edition
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The characters are all diverse without it being thrown in your face.
The pacing was just right, now I usually always lean towards liking faster paced books but I thought this had the perfect balance of slow and fast.
It has the found family trope in it and it's done very well. I LOVE all these characters so much. Ashe is tough and bada** and the witty banter between her and Nick is just so funny. Mi's character is absolutely hilarious and I love his sarcasm. Ben is precious and Abi is interesting, I hope we get to see more of her. I also love that a lot of tropes that are seen with heroines are being turned on their head here. Ashe is by far stronger than her love interest, and she's not shy about her body for example. And her personality isn't dulled by meeting the love interest, nor is she suddenly weak. There's a lot more focus on the action and political drama than the romance, and I prefer that.
Now the ending. That ending, rarely do endings leave me wanting to scream and speechless at the same time. It IS a cliffhanger and while I love cliffhangers when handled well(this one was definitely perfect) I try to avoid books that have them unless the entire series is out because I get impatient. I have a feeling the sequel to this will be worth the wait and I already plan to buy it as soon as it's out.
Now, there is some typos throughout and the formatting was a little off in places. It probably could've used a proofreader or a second one if there was one, but definitely don't let those turn you off from checking this out as the story is amazing and more than makes up for it.
I'm looking forward to book two now!
This is one of those books. "The Phoenix Project Book 1: Flight" is the story of Ashe a genetically engineered superhuman who spends her days trying to take care of her adopted brothers and sister after they escaped from the lab that created them. they eventually run across the Phoenix project, a group of resistance fighters trying to stand against a murderous authoritarian government.
The story may have familiar elements, but author Katherine McDonald combines them with realistic dialogue and fleshed out, fully realized characters to create a truly unique reading experience. About halfway through the novel, I started getting a growing realization that this was one world that I would gladly lose myself in novel after novel.
I told my wife that this story was like The Hunger Games meets X-Men, but that description doesn't do it justice. It is a unique world all of its own.
I am legitimately blown away. "The Phoenix Project: Book 1: Flight" is a stunning story-telling achievement of the highest order!
The book is set in first person so it’s a fairly simple matter of slipping into the mind of the main character, Ashe. Made in a lab and trained to be an unfeeling killing machine, she revolts and her ‘family’ escapes into the slums of a city known as Luca. Now Ashe might inexperienced with life, but she is a certified badass chimera and responsible for three other lives so she does her best to care for her own in a place where people are starving.
The initial “us against the world” vibe is altered when the MC does a terrible deed against those who don’t deserve to suffer and guilt sets in. Once the guilt exists, the rest unfolds. She joins the Phoenix Project, those she wronged, to fight for what is right. Soon it’s a family affair, and, of course, there are a couple boys. The good looking Nick is also part of the Phoenix Project, and he’s got his own grudge against the establishment, while Gabe, her childhood love haunts her every day.
It doesn’t take long for everything to go wrong and for Ashe to face a terrible choice: to allow her family to risk themselves to save their new friends, or run and hide, a chance for Ashe and her family to live another day.
Of course, no good story would be complete without the main antagonist, the Institute, the very place where Ashe was created and fled with her family into hiding. Once she joins the Phoenix Project, she comes face to face with her oldest nemesis, Adam. Not only is does he seem void of emotions, he is eager to recapture Eve and bring her back to the Institute.
The story continues on with action and suspense. There are flares of romance and passion. Soon she has to return to the place that created her to fight the destiny in order to make the choices she believes in. The conclusion, as part of a trilogy, leaves a cliffhanger, but good news, the rest of the The Phoenix Project Trilogy is available now.
While there are a few punctuation and sentence flow issues another editing pass would easily fix, overall I found the story to be well-written and a quick, fun adventure. Although there were a few emotional scenes, this book is fast-paced, and I am sure anyone who picks up The Phoenix Project: Book 1: Flight will enjoy the time they spend in Katherine Macdonald’s world.