Phee, short for Phoenix, is the middle child in an ordinary family. Ordinary for the dystopian world created by Carrie Mac in The Gryphon Project. Phoenix is from an elite family, child of a doctor and pastor in a three-life settlement. Each person in her district is entitled to three recons, that is three restorations to life when the person has died. Other people in the world are only entitled to two, one or even no recons in a life time. Many of the other benefits for healthy and prosperous lives are denied the other classes. Phoenix is unusual for a fifteen year old in her district where people are generally well off and responsible, she has already used two of her three recons. In addition to the loss of this security, she also has had two difficult recons in which she lost her memories of the times prior to her ‘deaths’. However in many ways, the Gryphon Project is not about Phee, it is about her brother, Gryphon. Gryphon is the all-american everything wonder boy but something is not right in Gryphon’s life and Phee is determined to figure it out. Part adventure, part mystery, part science fiction, part fantasy, The Gryphon Project is an engaging read, I’m not a hard-sell for fantasy, I do love it all and I very much enjoyed this. The plot development gets a bit repetitive at times. Phee needs help and goes to her brothers friends, they don’t help but she finds another clue, repeat. Not a “have-to” have in a K-8 or 9-12 library but entertaining nonetheless. A worthy addition to your fiction section if you need more fantasy or sci-fi, particularly in 9-12.
Rating #1 (Highly Recommended) #2✓ #3 #4 (Not acceptable)
Interest Level: grades 7+ Reading Level: 7+
Curriculum Area: Language Arts, politics, social structure
Themes/Topics: elites, societal construction, life and death, power
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