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Freakling (The Psi Chronicles) Kindle Edition

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Length: 321 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-7-This dystopian novel packs a punch with an original premise and a fully developed future society. Taemon, 12, lives in a city where everyone can move objects with their minds, a power called psi. One day, while arguing with his brother, he hears a strange voice and is asked to make a difficult choice. His decision costs him his supernatural abilities. Taemon attempts to fake it for a while, but it's next to impossible. Without psi, he can't even feed himself, since using his hands would reveal his secret. It doesn't take long before he ends up exiled to a colony of "powerless" people. The colony isn't as backward as Taemon was raised to believe, though, and there he learns valuable lessons about the power he lost and the power still inside him. Meanwhile, his cruel older brother is being groomed as the True Son, a much-revered individual who, according to prophecy, will bring on the next Sacred Cycle. All of this leads to a gutsy conclusion. While the concept of psi and all of its intricacies is described well, at times the narrative feels repetitive, reminding readers that every action is accomplished using it. However, memorable characters; a smooth, suspenseful plotline; and a fascinating premise make this debut a worthy addition to the genre. Give it to kids who are a little too young for Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (Scholastic, 2008).-Mandy Laferriere, Staley Middle School, Frisco, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This tale of telekinesis and false messiahs by debut-novelist Krumwiede starts slowly before barreling toward an unexpected and disquieting finale. The city of Deliverance has existed in protected isolation for centuries. The inhabitants all have the power of psi, which allows them to live their lives without touch; everything is controlled by their minds. Twelve-year-old Taemon loses his psi in an accident and is exiled to a colony of duds. What Taemon does not yet understand is that the loss of his psi was not an accident but the result of his own remarkable power and destiny. Deliverance is a theistic society where the citizens have exchanged civil liberties for the everyday ease of psi and, as such, are powerless to recognize a coup when it takes place right before them. Taemon is a thoughtful protagonist whose ability to dismantle an object and learn how it works takes on immense symbolism when he confronts his broken society. His solution is drastic and morally ambiguous, and it will leave readers mulling over its justice. Grades 5-8. --Kara Dean

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  • File Size: 1661 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087GZFCW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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In third grade, Lana wrote in her autobiography that she wanted to be a mother, a writer, and the church organist. Two out of three ain't bad! Her work has appeared in Highlights, High Five, Spider, Babybug, The Friend, and Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul. Her first novel, Freakling, will hit the shelves in October. Lana lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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I had read the 3 chapter preview of Lana Krumwiede's debut novel Freakling, I was entranced and excited for the upcoming release.

In Freakling, Lana illustrates the extraordinary of being 'normal'. I found the the novel to be engaging and well paced. She provides strong characters, vivid world building, and themes that are appropriate for young adult readers and older.

I would recommend this novel to any YA reader.
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Through her simple and approachable prose, Lana Krumwiede introduces us to the beautiful and fantastical world where the isolated city of Deliverance is home to a group of people with the amazing telekinetic ability - Psi. The people of Deliverance live, sleep, and breathe psi though, with no task is too small or mundane to be handled through this unique mental power. However, after a traumatic experience, twelve-year-old Taemon loses his psi and is forced to try and hide the fact that he can no longer perform even the most simple of tasks. But when he is finally exposed as powerless, he is exiled to the "dud" farm colony of other non-psi users. Rather than the horror that Taemon expected the colony to be, he is surprised to see that people and society function just fine without psi. People use their hands to build, communicate, and comfort in ways that Taemon had never seen before. But things in the colony are not as simple as they first appear as Taemon finally begins to settle into his new, psi-less life.

Lana Krumwiede's debut YA novel, "Freakling," is in a league of its own. It has that necessary charm that every writer strives to create: a dream so vivid that every reader cannot help but get pulled in and taken along for the ride. We are not just introduced to a new story idea - Lana presents to us an entirely new culture, complete with beliefs, traditions, ideas, technology, ideology, philosophy, morality, institutions, and more. Any reader will instantly slip into this story and be itching to turn the page to find out more about Taemon and his world.
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By Katie on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing debut novel from Lana Krumwiede. Taemon's world is rich, well developed and draws the reader in. You begin to care about the characters from the first pages, and willingly join them in their world. I would recommend this book for book groups and family reading, as well as personal reading. There is plenty to talk about after the book ends! Can't wait for more from Krumwiede!
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Actual review is 4.5 of 5

The premise of 'Freakling' is what drew me in. Young boy, just starting his teenage years, lives in a city where everybody has the same power - that's a pretty good twist. The power to move things with your mind - psi - is also intriguing in how Krumwiede applies it to the book; not only does it serve as a useful tool for action, but it also has a more symbolic purpose as well. Is it possible for somebody to "lose their identity" when everybody has the same identity (i.e. psi). Very interesting premise.

Writing characters that use their minds to move things seems no easy task to me, but Krumwiede does a good job of making it visual. She has built a very dystopic, interesting world full of people who have become self-gratifying and almost prideful in their power. As soon as the story starts, their is tension, especially between Taemon and his older brother, Yens. Yens is possibly the True Son, the one who has been prophesied about to help bring balance, and he is a die hard psi worshiper. He has no use for Taemon and his weak ways. As a MG novel, Krumwiede does a great job pulling the reader in and having them be able to relate to the characters. As the book progresses, more characters are introduced: the town leader who wants control, the girl that is a friend but possibly something more, the best friend, the quirky neighbor who might not be what they seem. All of these characters are served well in the book and are given a unique voice by the author.

I also love the names in the book. They are very personal and help to bring you into the story. For example, Taemon calls his parents "mam" and "da"; just that subtle use really helps with setting the stage and drawing you into the world.
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An excellent world-building serves as the foundation for this very special and fascinating novel of a world where the paranormal-in terms of psychic talents-is very real, and only those who do not possess psychokinesis (here called "psi") are considered pariahs, "the powerless." But only psychokinesis is considered a talent, or useful; anything else in the way of psychic capabilities is simply disregarded. In the city of Deliverance, home of psi, no manual labour exists: children are taught from early on to use their minds to do even simple tasks such as folding clothes and opening a doorknob.

Taemon lives in the shadow of his arrogant and hubristic older brother Yens, who desires more than anything to be declared the "True Son," the prophesied one who will bring on great changes and a new era. When the high priest does indeed choose Yens, Taemon reaches a crisis point, and wills away his psi capability. When discovered, he is exiled to the colony of the powerless. Soon he discovers that the great changes are not so great at all; people are disappearing, rules are violated, and the high priest and Yens wish to go to war. Can Taemon stop them in time?

I reviewed an e-book copy provided by Great Minds Think Aloud in exchange for my fair and impartial reviews.
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