The Revolution is about to start, but the hero is dead. Phoenix Rising continues the story of Ryan Jenkins and his teammates from the Crows. They are slaves to a corporate system that uses death and resurrection as just another hidden fee; their pain the entertainment for the masses. Most...
Ryan Jenkins (Clone): The modified version of Ryan Jenkins, this soldier is relatively carefree and almost sociopathic. Enjoys the games and the bloodshed, but has a crisis of existence when a character reveals his false nature.
Jonathan Carver: A veteran of the games, Carver tried to mentor Ryan Jenkins while he was alive. He paid for Ryan's behavior modification and feels guilty for destroying his former student.
Gregory Feldman: A giant born on one of the farming asteroids, he tried to teach Ryan Jenkins virtues and ideals which the soldier threw away. Noble to a fault, ends up siding with the resistance out of duty, rather than logic.
Zachary Goldstein: Head of the black market, Goldstein has a way of provoking everyone around him. At first he seems to be a greedy excuse for a man, but there is more to be said for the merchant.
Hector Cortes: A religious man who tragically killed his younger brother, he endlessly atones in the games while plagued by visions of his dead brother.
Joseph Warner: A vile excuse for a man, profane, racist and violent, but Warner secretly has more to offer. Dreams of revenge against a society that threw him away.
Edward Norris: Seemingly insane, Norris has adjusted to life as a killer of men, telling jokes and generally trying to lighten the atmosphere. Underneath it all, Norris hates the endless warfare, but it's hard to tell.
Jessica Abrams: A woman forced to pay for her sister's hospital bills, Abrams fights in order to make it back home. The revolution seems like the best way to do it.
Charlotte Kane: A new recruit to the EFI, Charlotte is the doctor in charge of taking care of the Crows. She wants to make up for her mistakes, but more importantly she wants to bring Ryan Jenkins back.
Darius Templeton: Seemingly incompetent, Templeton is one of the most overlooked men on the Crows. Perhaps he likes it that way.
Percival Roth: A poor soldier traded away from the Crows, Percival just wants to find some reason for his existence.
Jasper Montgomery: The head of War World Entertainment and the de facto leader of the Trade Union, Jasper Montgomery practically owns Earth and the eight asteroids. A cruel puppet master, Jasper will stop at nothing to exert his power over humanity.
Based in a not-so-far-flung universe where humanity did not reach the stars but instead found itself mired in corporate takeovers and local politics. In order to deal with overpopulation and pollution the governments of the world decide to tow asteroids from the Kuiper Belt into orbit around Earth, add atmospheres and transform them into miniature planets.Most of the story takes place on Eris, the asteroid devoted to war, with scenes scattered around Earth.
Eris: The eighth artificial planet in the Earth system, Eris is devoted to perpetual warfare, used as a way to entertain the masses.
Babylon: The capital of Jasper Montgomery's Trade Union, Babylon is a rich, massive city that was built in the middle of the United States.
War World Studio: The last place that anybody would expect was a resistance outpost, this site is where a secret group of revolutionaries are working to help liberate the soldier of Eris.
The Crows: One of the best teams on Eris, the Crows come from all different walks of life and have their own stories. When Ryan Jenkins commits suicide, it causes these men and women to rethink their lives and wonder if revolution is a better alternative.
The Eris Freedom Initiative: An underground group of revolutionaries, the EFI is doing everything it can to free the soldiers enslaved on Eris.
The Trade Union: A massive union of corporations based on Earth, which not-so-subtly control the people of this future society. Led by Jasper Montgomery, the Trade Union has no qualms with institutionalized slavery and maintaining a class system.
Earth Orbit Security Forces: A mercenary peace-keeping force under the employ of the Trade Union. Used to engage in brutal anti-revolutionary efforts, the EOSF is a major concern to the EFI
War World Entertainment: The corporation in charge of the games on Eris, the organization literally owns every soldier on the Crows and every other team. Owns both the Commission, which runs the games, and the War World Network, which covers the games for entertainment purposes.
Prologue Chapter 1: Admitting There Is A Problem Chapter 2: Greater Than Ourselves Chapter 3: As We Understand Him Chapter 4: Moral Inventory Chapter 5: The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs Chapter 6: These Defects of Character Chapter 7: To Remove Our Shortcomings Chapter 8: To Make Amends Chapter 9: Amends Wherever Possible Chapter 10: When We Were Wrong Chapter 11: The Power To Carry It Out Chapter 12: Awakening
The Phoenix: Rising from the ashes, the phoenix symbolized rebirth and resurrection. This corresponds directly to the main character, Ryan Jenkins, who had committed suicide in the first book. The EFI plans to resurrect the soldier and use him as a sort of Messiah figure, involving Christian themes and symbols.
Echoes: One of the characters, Gregory Feldman, is obsessed with creating an echo of his character, trying to influence the world after he is gone. Certain scenes in later books are slightly different recreations of scenes from the books before, certain lines call back to lines in previous chapters, etc. Most importantly, the story itself echoes both the story of Jesus and Icarus, tying a number of symbols and mythology together in a futuristic setting.
Potential: Many of the characters are concerned with forging themselves into the best possible person they can be.
Hero Worship: Tied to the theme of messiah worship, a great deal of this book is tied into the idea of finding a hero/ finding a personal god.
Icarus and Daedalus: Continuing the re-imagining of the classic myth, Ryan Jenkins and Jonathon Carver are representative of Icarus and Daedalus, respectively.
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