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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a great book with lots of suspense. I recommend it to anyone who loves sci-fi. A must read.Published 12 months ago by random
Taemon is extraordinary but does not know it, unfortunately the reader will very quickly. Although the premise and writing is very good, the story was predictable and it ended much... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Not Reinventing the Wheel
this is an awesome book. our kids read it in 24 hours. Lana Krumweide is a great author.Published 19 months ago by Killer B's
Freakling is a fast paced novel that tells the story of young Taemon, whose rivalry with his power hungry older brother, Yens, results in him losing his ability known as psi. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amanda Bender
This book is meaty, well-paced, fascinating-- good for school-age readers (not YA) ages 9 to 12. The ending zipped quite quickly to a close, and I wondered if indeed the ending... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Deborah Sandford
My daughter and I listened to this book on a long car drive. We would have stopped, but we were stuck in the car with nothing to do. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Geek Mom
The book didn't have much spirit and detail, and the author (Lana Krumwiede), didn't seem like she enjoyed writing the book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by KRISTIE VIA
My students have been reading this story for their book club. It was their choice. There must be more well-written, original and engrossing novels for YA readers. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kirstie8
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