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Freakling (Psi Chronicles #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  775 ratings  ·  172 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Candlewick Press (first published July 1st 2012)
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Lana Krumwiede
Mar 07, 2012 Lana Krumwiede rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Rating your own book is like voting for yourself. You feel silly if you do it, but stupid if you don't.
Experiment BL626
This dystopian Middle Grade book would have been an easy 3-stars were it not for a few big things.

+ the weak hero

I did not like Taemon. I could tolerate his lack of self-confidence, but his refusal to listen to his common sense pushed my limit. When you live in a society where psychic power is everything and you lose your own, common sense dictates that you should avoid everything that would pull attention to you. That means no participating in sport events where psychic power is the way you pl
I just finished Freakling and I thought it was a fabulous story. The book is debuting in October, but I received an advanced copy from a teacher at my school who went to a book convention in Chicago. I was ecstatic to read a book that has yet to be published but little did I know that the plot and characters would be so multi-dimensional and intriguing that I hardly put it down. The main character, Taemon, is a boy with great intellect and deep thoughts. I applaud Lana Krumwiede for her descript ...more
Let me clarify...I really liked this book for a ten or eleven year old. I would even give it to an older reluctant reader. Despite an interesting premise, the writing is just too simple for the book to go much higher. And, it needs to, because the themes it addresses--pride, loyalty, deception, self-sacrifice and death--are ones that can require a bit of emotional maturity. My eleven year old read this in an afternoon and we had a great discussion about power, knowledge and making decisions for ...more
I gobbled this thing up in one single night. I was expecting a cheap spoof of the The Hunger Games, but I was delighted to find that I was wrong. Freakling is a thing of its own!!! I love the idea of having psi (I'm guessing the P is silent) and moving stuff with your mind. I'm so glad this is a series! This book deserves to be praised heavily.

Alternate Rating: B
First Look: This looked pretty interesting. I actually had a similar idea revolving in my head for quite awhile (though it's now been put indefinitely on the back burner). Ultimately, the execution of this book was very different from my idea, which is perfectly alright with me. Also, it's kinda refreshing to read middle grade every so often--it gives me a break from angsty romance and love triangles everywhere.

I love, more than anything, the fact that this setting made me think quite a
Chris Sorensen
Actual review is 4.5 out of 5

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
Julia P.
I would like to say that I think that by the end of this book, the author just got tired of writing and decided to end it abruptly with a plot twist that was never even mentioned as a possibility before. Oh, and all the bad guys were killed in a freak accident. Sorry if that spoiled it for anyone. If not for the ending, the book would have been ok, slightly above meh, and if the ending had been superb, then it could have been pretty good. There was only one thing that the author could have done ...more
Melissa Prange
In the future, Deliverance is a haven for those with psi (or telekinesis). Those without psi are forced to live in an outer community for those without powers.

At the beginning of the book, Taemon has psi, but he also has the ability to see into the workings of things. This ability makes him different and places him in trouble. If the leaders of their community were to find out, he could be placed in an asylum or banished. It doesn’t come to that, however, because after a failed attempt on his br
A BookNerd
You know that book that at first it's,Meh, then you are suddenly 230 pages and you just HAD to chuck it at a wall? That is what Freakling fits in. I didn't hate the book, I loved Taemon, he was very curious, it did lead to trouble though. No,what made me throw the book at my wall was Yens and Elder Naseph. I say good ridance for both of them being gone! The book is good, but it is just the villans in the book will make you want to hurl the book at a wall. I loved it. The plot ran very fast,dates ...more
Jeanette Johnson
This is a nice change of pace. This is a dystopian society that reminds me of some of the first dystopian titles to have come out. It is a fresh idea and well crafted. I will include the summary which sums the story up better than I can. It was so easy to fall into the story. It was a perfect blend of fairytale and science fiction. This is a quick read and I can't wait to read the sequel.

In twelve-year-old Taemon’s city, everyone has a power called psi — the ability to move and manipulate object
This book is quite amazing and clever. I find a technique used throughout the book quite intereating. That is that the socity has 20 signs mutch like zodiacs. These signs move in a cycle like the months and in total the book has 21 chapters. Starting and ending with alligator. Each chapter has a poem eg.
"Each new cycle must begin
with Alligator creepping in.
Unseen danger now surronds you
new awereness must be found to.
Conquer fear from deep within.
Conquer fear from deap within."

What is inte
I happened to be strolling through the YA section when out of pure curiosity, I picked up Freakling. I think the story was okay, but I think I would've liked it better if I was a bit younger. It definitely didn't need to be in the YA section.

The sentences were so short at times with like five words and they weren't the most descriptive, either. They were also kind of repetitive.

Although the plot was interesting, it was a little slow. For some reason, however, I did like the main character, Ta
Freakling is the first book about a city in which people possess psychic abilities allowing them to move/control objects. The city, Deliverance, is designed around this ability with doors, lights,cars etc all modeled for use by people with this ability. The story centers on a boy, Taemon, who has unique experiences with his psychic ability (known as PSI) and finds himself caught at a crossroads where his choices will have big impacts on many.

I liked this story - the concept of Deliverance was cr
Debbie Barr
A nice dystopian for younger readers, the plot was compelling enough for a ten or eleven-year-old, and the world one young readers will enjoy thinking about when the story is over. Although it was at times predictable and the characters a little flat, it was an enjoyable read overall.
Colleen Clayton
Very well done. What I liked best is that I couldn't put my finger on it genre-wise. It is a sci-fi dystopia but also had elements of the fantastical and some steampunky things going on. Great characterization and world-building. Loved it.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Booktalked this one on the recommendation of my colleagues. It was so popular with the kids I had to read it myself. Finished just in time for the sequel's fall release. Perfect example of sci-fi for elementary and middle schoolers.
Katie Wilson

Got Freakling this afternoon, finished it tonight. Great story, fast action, believable world. Krumwiede hit a home run with this one. Loved it!
In a world in which everyone has psi powers so everything is designed around those abilities, young Taemon and his family hide the fact that he has none. If he's found out, he will be exiled. Meanwhile, his brother is getting more powerful, and there are threats gathering around their whole society.

I read this a while back and remember liking it up to a point--I particularly liked that it started in the action and had a great first line. I thought it fell apart in the last third or so, though--t
Another dystopian book, but it feels more like "the Giver" than "Hunger Games". Intriguing idea and fast -pace makes this a quick read and a good option for reluctant readers. Taemon lives in a walled city where everyone has telekinetic abilities. Those that don't are exiled from the community. When Taemon suddenly loses his abilities and develops other, unheard of abilities, he must keep it a secret or risk exile. He soon learns that this is the least of his problems and realizes that his decis ...more
Lisa Nocita
Taemon lives in a world where everything operates by telekinesis. This ability to shape and transform objects is called psi. Taemon has above average psi, a talent that that is much riskier and more dangerous; a secret he must be careful not to reveal lest he be shunned. After a near death experience, Taemon realizes that his abilities are too vulnerable and dangerous so he chooses to relinquish them and become psi-less, powerless. His brother, however, is bent on becoming the chosen one, the lo ...more
Laura Gilfillan
A city whose inhabitants all have psi, a telekinetic power. Those that don't have it are shunned, and sent off to live in a powerless colony. But change is coming to this isolated community, and the true son is awaited, in order to usher in the new era. Taemon starts off normal enough, if normal is the word for it, but he does have a special power that is dangerous to reveal. A charming story that kept my interest engaged all the way through. The ending seemed wise, and I totally agree with it, ...more

This was a very solid first installment in a quasi-dystopian series. I found a little bit of it campy, but the writing overall to be enjoyable and character development to be on point. There are aspects of it, particularly with the relationship between brothers, that remind me of Ender's Game.

The book, and story lacked a bit of depth. That was the major drawback. The story itself sped up and slowed down at various points, but by the end had found a nice rhythm. It is one I will recommend to m
In the city of Deliverance, everybody has psychokinesis, the ability to move things with their minds. Psychokinesis is only one form of psi, there are multiple forms of psi, most people believe that psi has only one form, Psychokinesis. If people find out that you have other forms of psi, you are thought of as dangerous.The story follows a boy named Taemon who has psychokinesis and clairvoyance, the ability to see inside of an object, a rare form of psi. When Taemon finds out that his brother Ye ...more
Amy Nicole
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Lauren (Likes Literature)
The decent premise of this book was ruined by-

Flat and forgettable characters,

A weak-ass hero that refuses to listen to common sense,

Interesting background characters [Moke] that aren't fleshed out at all,

A cop-out ending,

A world that would be interesting if it was explained more,

Simple and weak writing style,

And details and origins that make zero sense.

This pretty much sums it up:

Liz Overberg
I would give this book 3.5 stars. The concept was a 5, (so cool!), but the book just didn't live up to its potential.

Freakling is a story about Taemon, a twelve-year-old boy, who lives in a city where everyone uses psychokenesis (commonly called psi) to carry out all of their daily tasks. It is considered taboo to touch food, tools, or even other people. (Hugging? Forget it.) Most tasks, even easy ones like zipping a zipper or flushing a toilet, cannot be completed manually, because even the si
Taemon is one of the residents of a psi city called Deliverance. In the city everyone uses psi for absolutely everything. The residents don't use their hands for anything, all aspects of their lives are psi based (mind control of objects). People without psi are not allowed in the city. They are sent to the colony where, without psi, the residents must use their hands to control their surroundings.

In the beginning, Taemon is a very strong psi user. He's also able to "mind read" objects to figur
Taemon lives in a Deliverance, a city where everyone uses psi. No one uses their hands for anything, not eating, not opening doors, not putting on clothes. All of these tasks are accomplished through psi, the ability to move things with your mind. If you have very weak psi you are considered a Freakling and if you have no psi you are banished to the powerless colony. Deliverance has been cut off from the world ever since the prophet Nathan created a mountain to hide them.

Taemon is a strong psi

Taemon lives in a world that revolves around a person's ability to use psi - a power to control objects and people with your mind. But with this power comes rules. In the city where Taemon lives he isn't allowed to see inside a body. This is so that he won't learn how the body works and use that knowledge to harm other people. He must not show too much promise with his power or he might be declared the True Son and be taken away by the government
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In third grade, Lana wrote in her autobiography that she wanted to be a mother, a writer, and the church organist. Two out of three ain't bad! Her work has appeared in Highlights, High Five, Spider, Babybug, The Friend, and Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul. Freakling is her first novel.

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