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Freakling by Lana Krumwiede


by Lana Krumwiede

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The writing is very good and the premise behind the story is excellent; however, it is very predictable. The story is easily read in one day and my elementary students would probably enjoy it very much. Upper middle to high school may find it very simple. My biggest problem was with the ending as it was much too abrupt. I feel that the book could have benefitted from one or two more champ tears and the adventure bumped up about five notches. I kept waiting for it to become exciting. The final chapter fell short and I felt nothing. Not a good sign for me. ( )
  weisser4 | May 3, 2016 |
Many authors who write YA distopias struggle with world-building. This author does a brilliant job of creating an entirely new (and yet very believable) world. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
Being different is a fear we all face. In Taemon's world, it is a danger. Taemon is part of a community where everyone has psi- the ability to control things with their mind. It is how everything is done. From opening doors, to eating dinner with the family, to
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. ( )
  Stephergiggles | Feb 14, 2016 |
"Reinforced trade edition"--Jkt.
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
In the city of Deliverance, everyone has some form of psi, which is the ability to move objects with your mind instead of your hands. The Powerless (those who have no psi) live in a colony outside of the city. Taemon is banished to the colony after losing his psi and getting caught. I can't tell you why he loses his power without revealing too much of the story, so you'll have to wait to figure that out. Meanwhile, his mean and jealous brother gets selected as the true son, and starts training with the elders.
Freakling is an interesting dystopian story with an original plot. One nice feature is that the ending does stand alone successfully and there isn't a pressing need for a sequel, which is refreshing. This story would be enjoyed by decent readers who are able to read without needing to connect to previous knowledge because the city of Deliverance is unlike any place previously imagined. ( )
  JRlibrary | Sep 22, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763659371, Hardcover)

A thrilling, fast-paced dystopian novel about the dangers of unchecked power and the dilemmas facing a boy torn between two ways of life.

In twelve-year-old Taemon’s city, everyone has a power called psi — the ability to move and manipulate objects with their minds. When Taemon loses his psi in a traumatic accident, he must hide his lack of power by any means possible. But a humiliating incident at a sports tournament exposes his disability, and Taemon is exiled to the powerless colony. The "dud farm" is not what Taemon expected, though: people are kind and open, and they actually seem to enjoy using their hands to work and play and even comfort their children. Taemon adjusts to his new life quickly, making friends and finding unconditional acceptance. But gradually he discovers that for all its openness, there are mysteries at the colony, too — dangerous secrets that would give unchecked power to psi wielders if discovered. When Taemon unwittingly leaks one of these secrets, will he have the courage to repair the damage — even if it means returning to the city and facing the very people who exiled him?

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After a traumatic accident removes his telekinetic ability, or psy, twelve-year-old Taemon is exiled to the "dud farm," where he is surprised to find kind, open people who enjoy using their hands but there are also mysteries at the colony and when Taemon unwittingly leaks one of the secrets he must find the courage to repair the damage, even if it means returning to the city from which he was banished.… (more)

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