23. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction · Tags:

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede , 320 pages, read by Angie, on 03/23/2013

Taemon lives in a Deliverance, a city where everyone uses psi. No one uses their hands for anything, not eating, not opening doors, not putting on clothes. All of these tasks are accomplished through psi, the ability to move things with your mind. If you have very weak psi you are considered a Freakling and if you have no psi you are banished to the powerless colony. Deliverance has been cut off from the world ever since the prophet Nathan created a mountain to hide them.

Taemon is a strong psi user as is his brother Yens. However, Taemon has an additional power that no one can no about. He can also let his mind wonder into things and see how they work or how they are built. Yens is ambitious and jealous of Taemon. He tries to kill him on a couple of occasions. When Taemon has the chance to strike back he doesn’t and looses his psi. He is banished to the Colony. There is learns how to live without psi and how to use his hands for things. Yens is declared the True Son by the temple elders and they start planning a return to the world and psi weapons. Taemon and his new friends in the Colony must stop them before it is too late.

This was a fun middle grade read. I really enjoyed how developed the character of Taemon was. You knew exactly who he was and what he wanted to do. I thought Yens jealousy and ambition also came across really well. I didn’t really get the motivation of the Temple Elders except power and greed; they seemed a little one dimensional. I love the thought of never using your hands for anything and then suddenly having to figure out how to live without your power and do things manually. I thought that was a really interesting twist. Was this the most innovative book I have read? No, it was fairly predictable. I figured out very early what was going to happen, but it was entertaining.

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