- Age Range: 12 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Series: The Psion Chronicles (Book 1)
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (May 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1633920062
- ISBN-13: 978-1633920064
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,147,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Freaks of Nature (The Psion Chronicles) Paperback – May 6, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—A global pandemic caused many children to be born with blue starburst eyes and powerful "psionic" abilities. Devon is a girl-crazy teen who has a not-so-jazzy psionic power—he can talk to plants. He is captured by the government and is being transported with six other teen psion prisoners. Will they be able to band together and fight their way to freedom or will their differences keep them apart? Paranormal powers can be dangerous, but so can the fear of those with powers by normal human beings (baselines). In her debut, Brotherlin sets a superhero story line against a dystopian backdrop. The point of view changes throughout the novel, allowing many of the characters to be further developed and readers to gain empathy for Devon and his compatriots. However, the plot isn't as cohesive. Still, the author manages to tie the different threads together by the work's end, and the overall message of belonging comes through. Brotherlin's coming-of-age dystopian plants itself well within the expectations of the genre, making for an enjoyable read for teens, and a setup for future explorations in this world. VERDICT A fine supplementary choice for growing dystopian collections.—Cyndi Hamann, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
About the Author
Wendy Brotherlin is a screenwriter, music enthusiast and all around geek-goddess. She earned a Masters in Screenwriting at the University of Southern California and went on to write for children’s television including Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Today, she lives in Manchester, Maine, with her husband and two little super-heroes-in-training. Freaks of Nature is her first novel.
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Picking up this book was a bit of a surprise for me. This is not a typical book I would choose to read over other options I seem to be drawn towards. However, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and the synopsis drew me in. This sounded like a post-apocalyptic type story without the zombies. I was all for it.
Wendy Brotherlin writes a story about learning to be yourself, trusting others to accept you, and battling your way to safety when people are out to get you. I loved this book about halfway in. I really started getting into it and enjoying the stories being told and the characters showing us a bit more about themselves. I will be honest and say the first part of this book was hard to get into. I was confused (and maybe that was the point) and frustrated by the lack of understanding. I also found some of the unnecessary comments from characters towards the opposite sex a bit of a turnoff. Not that they were inappropriate, but I felt they were unnecessary and added nothing but a immature point-of-view to the story. With that said, I loved the little messages written between the lines of this story. The main character, Devon, struggled with self-acceptance, which made it hard to allow others to accept him. His fear of rejection was felt all the way to your bones. In the end, Brotherlin does a wonderful job of making it clear that sometimes acceptance will come at the most unexpected times and places.
Originally I was going to give this book three stars. As the second half of the book hit I was drawn in though. I wanted to know how it was going to end and find out what happen to these characters I was beginning to become attached to. You instantly pick your favorite and suspect something bad from a few others. The way Brotherlin wrote these characters was intriguing and meant to leave you wanting more. I’m eager to see what happens in book two of the Psion series. A gradual build, but well deserved four stars.