Freakling

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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...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Debut novelist Krumwiede offers a fast-paced dystopian novel that ably explores the corrupting influ-ence of power. In the future, people with "psi" (abilities that typically manifest as a type of telekinesis) have segregated themselves into a mountainous region, and those few without such powers are ban-ished from the main city. Taemon, a 12-year-old boy, has discovered that his psi goes beyond telekine-sis to include remote viewing and other gifts. His jealous older brother, Yens, believes himself to be the True Son predicted in prophecies, and he is willing to kill Taemon to secure his place. When an accident leaves Taemon powerless, he is exiled and begins to discover both the true nature of psi and the secret history of his people. Krumwiede's combination of conspiracy and corruption among the ruling class is familiar, with nefarious villains sometimes crossing into cartoonish territory. Still, readers who are not yet ready for The Hunger Games should be attracted to resourceful Taemon, as he learns that real strength comes in many different forms. Ages 10–up. Agent: Molly Jaffa, Folio Literary Management. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
The power of psi, or the ability to control objects with thought, is kept in check by one's conscience. So, when 12-year-old Taemon's brother Yens, a boy with far more drive than self-control, is named True Son--a prophesied Messiah-like figure--Taemon is forced to decide how far he is willing to go to protect those he loves. Following a terrible accident, Taemon hears a voice giving him permission to kill his unstable brother. Rather than follow this psychic command, he gives up his psi, leaving him unable to live within the city. Taemon is forced to move to a powerless colony where people use their hands to eat and work. There he meets Challis, his mother's sister, who exposes him to many secrets that threaten to undo everything he believes. An uneven plot and predictable showdown between the two brothers is partially saved by the surprise ending. Krumwiede facilitates worldbuilding with a psi-centered religion, jargon and slang, as well as caste divisions. At first penned as the stable, sensitive brother, Taemon seems oddly unaffected by his exile. In contrast, Yens, rather than being complicated or interesting, comes across as simply psychotic. Supporting characters are similarly flat. Readers will be drawn to the unique premise, but the many obvious flaws will leave them wanting more. Ultimately unsatisfying. (Dystopian adventure. 10-14)
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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.
—School Library Journal
VOYA - Kate Neff
Set in a dystopian future where there are two types of people—those who have a power called psi and those who do not—Taemon Houser is one of the members of the society with psi known as Deliverance. The colony is looking for their next True Son, a new leader that has been prophesized for years, and Taemon's brother Yens believes he is the next True Son. This begins to cause discord between the brothers because Yens is changing, slowly becoming more hungry for power and attention. When Taemon and Yens are involved in a terrible accident, Taemon makes a decision to give up his psi. Once his lack of ability is discovered, he is sent to the dud farm, a place where colonists without psi are sent. However, Taemon soon discovers the dud farm is a much richer and interesting place because the people live without psi and are able to make human connections and have experiences that Taemon has never seen before. Taemon's story becomes more complicated when he meets Challis, a middle-aged woman who knows much more than anyone realizes. Taemon begins to see that not everything is as simple as he once thought, and he soon realizes that he needs to return to his home to help control his brother and fight against the evil plans of the religious leaders. This is the debut novel by Krumwiede, and the writing is fairly simplistic, but it is a strong story, thanks to the intriguing idea of a society full of people with psychokinesis. Taemon is a character who is pure good, which is a nice example of heroism and strong moral conviction for young readers. There is never a sense of real danger because you know that Taemon will prevail, but the characters are engaging and the book is fast paced. Reviewer: Kate Neff
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, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763659370
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 773,369
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: HL600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Lana Krumwiede is a debut novelist with many short stories, articles, and poems to her credit. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Highly recommended! A fun family read!

    Bought it for my 9 year old. His 11 year old sister stayed up all night to finish it! She used her new found PSI to get up for school the next day!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Fantastic story

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Sooooo good

    This book was awesome ! I really felt what taemon was thinking and feeling!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Freakling is a fast paced novel that tells the story of young Ta

    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.  In this incredibly imaginative world that Krumwiede has created psi enables individuals in this seemingly utopian society, to manipulate objects with their minds.  Thus they are incredibly dependent on this ability and if a person does not posses it they are immediately exiled.




    But when Taemon loses his ability to wield psi, rather than 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 shipped 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 undoubtedly exciting) installment in the PSI Chronicles, Archon, which has just been released this past fall!  Check it out!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    PLZ

    Plz help me i read the free prieview cuz i didnt know the actual book already came out and i became in love with it and the ending had me hanging on my seat. I want to buy the actual book but i just think it is to expensive. So plz someone tell me what happens. Thank u so much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Bad Ending

    The ending was horrible it was rushed and ended abruptly.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Nick Allen

    This was actually one of the best books ive ever read and i never wanted to put the book down. This book i recomend to all readers young and old. I met the author at my school and shes a really nice person and also has a lot of experience. Its a must read!

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