Literature

Literature

Phoenix

By S. F. Said
Illustrated by Dave McKean
Published by David Fickling Books

Paperback

Price £6.99
9780552571340
Publisher Corgi

The story begins and ends with Lucky, a Human boy who travels through the galaxy in search of his identity, undergoing changes in both mind and body. However, it breaks the boundaries of being only Lucky’s personal story. Like most good science fiction this multi-layered book has comments to make about our contemporary world - about war and peace, prejudice, borders and barriers to migration. Political and moral questions and the importance of friendship and family are explored but above all this is an exciting fast-paced narrative in which secrets unfold along the way. Dave McKean’s black and white illustrations swirl around the text echoing the eeriness of Lucky’s journey through the stars.