- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
- Series: Psi Chronicles (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763659371
- ISBN-13: 978-0763659370
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,800,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a dystopian featuring a society that has developed telekinetic powers, powers that they use for literally everything. They don't even write with pen and paper or use their hands to put clothes on. And like most societies, a religion has evolved around their abilities. I don't fully understand their brand of religion/astrology at this point, but it is pretty clearly a big deal and it seems to actually affect their lives and possibly abilities. This was easy for me to accept because I already sort of buy into astrology. I mean, I don't put a ton of stock into it, but I do find it fascinating, so I've read quite a bit about it, enough to notice when it's pretty accurate at least for myself, and in the story, it's pretty accurate about the characters.
So Taemon has special abilities that he has to keep hidden and not use ever because his parents fear that their religious leaders would take advantage of him or kill him, I'm not really sure which. But because he's a teenager, he uses them anyway, sometimes. He's just careful to hide it when he does. It took me until almost the end of the story to figure out why it's important for him to hide his special abilities, because it really just didn't make sense to me for the longest time. I love it when a book keeps me thinking about things like that instead of just spoon-feeding me all the information up front.
There was so much about this world that was different and fantastic and I want to spend more time immersing myself in it because there is still so much to learn and see and do. And I need to know how things work out for Taemon in the end, because this is just the first book in a series. So I'm definitely going to have to read more of them when I can find the time.
5 out of 5 stars.
But when Taemon loses his ability to wield psi, rather give up and go to the “dud farm” he comes up with innovative solutions to appear like he still posses psi. For a time this plan does work. In spite of his best efforts though Taemon’s secret is eventually revealed and he is promptly ship off to live in the powerless colonies. What is so bad about this dud farm? People actually have to work with their hands! It’s a psi user’s worst nightmare.
Nevertheless, Taemon makes the best of the situation – as he always does – and builds a new life in the powerless colony. Just when he is settling in though, Taemon gets wind that there is trouble brewing back in the psi city and his brother is right in the middle of it. Thus in order to protect his family, save his home, and prevent a war Taemon and his new friend Amma return to the city to confront the corrupt individuals who would use psi for their own selfish gains.
Freakling takes readers on a non-stop roller coaster ride. I don’t think Taemon ever has a dull moment since he sits down to his family dinner on page 1! Readers will definitely find it easy to submerge themselves into the world Krumwiede has created. It’s filled to brim with futuristic gadgets, hover crafts, a cool sport called psi ball, and more. But in addition, to all this eye candy the novel has a lot of meaningful themes such as pride, loyalty, and self-sacrifice that add more depth to Taemon’s story as well. Furthermore, Taemon’s character embodies a lot of noble qualities and young readers will certainly identify with this protagonist’s struggle to remain true to himself despite the expectations and pressures both his family and society place upon him.
The earth-shattering events that Freakling leaves off on, certainly paves the way for the next (and definitely exciting) installment in the PSI Chronicles, Archon, which has just been released this past fall! Check it out!!!
getting dressed in the morning. Nothing is done without psi. When Taemon experiences a horrible accident, however, he discovers that he has lost his psi. In his community, a person without psi must be sent to the powerless colony. Taemon does everything he an think to do to keep the truth about his powerlessness from being discovered but everything just isn't enough.
Taemon is sent to the "dud farm" where the powerless are sent. It is not what he has always thought, however, and he quickly learns to like the people and the place that he has been sent. But not everything is as it seems. He discovers secrets, secrets hidden away in the colony. His own personal curiosity may now be that downfall of all those that he loves and the way of life that he has always known, and the way of life his is just now learning. That is unless he can fix his own mistakes.
This story will have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what the characters will do next. I liked this book a lot more than o thought I would. The quickly changing aspects of the novel had me hooked from the start and I couldn't help but feel the loss and the joy and the fear along with the characters. I must admit, however, that I did not in fact feel like the character was thirteen. He came of as much older at times. There were instances when I did believe his age, but for the most part he seemed more like he was fifteen than thirteen. Other than that I really did enjoy this book and am looking forward to getting my hands on book two to see where this story goes.