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Freakling (Psi Chronicles #1)

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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 Yes! I'm happy to say that this book is the first volume in a trilogy called The Psi Chronicles:

Book 1 = Freakling
Book 2 = Archon
Book 3 = True Son

Yes! I'm happy to say that this book is the first volume in a trilogy called The Psi Chronicles:

Book 1 = Freakling
Book 2 = Archon
Book 3 = True Son

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Lana Krumwiede
Mar 07, 2012 Lana Krumwiede rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
May 05, 2012 Kyra rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 02, 2012 Tara rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2014 Bennett rated it really liked it
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
Nov 08, 2012 Chris Sorensen rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 10, 2013 Julia P. rated it did not like it
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Melissa Prange
Nov 30, 2012 Melissa Prange rated it it was ok
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 Book-Nerd
May 27, 2013 A Book-Nerd rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 08, 2015 Patricia rated it liked it
Rachel Telford recently posted her own review of Freakling, by this LDS author, Lana Krumwiede. I put the whole Psi Chronicles trilogy on hold and read it fairly quickly. The books and storyline became more and more engaging for me, and I recommended it to my 13-year-old daughter. I think, though, the books and writing are meant for a slightly younger audience, 10-12 year olds.

Freakling is the first book in the trilogy. It was published in 2012 and tells the story of Taemon, a 12-year-old Nathan
Apr 29, 2014 Shannonigans rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 01, 2015 J.C. rated it really liked it
A uniquely plotted dystopian with great writing and great characters, Freakling was an enjoyable read, full of action, clever plot twists, and a believable world/setting.

Themes: My one confusion which lowered my rating was the themes. A main theme of this book is the religion the characters have. The religion in this book is its own thing, not directly related to anything in the real world, and tied directly to the fictional setting. However, there were things in this religion such as “the Sabba
Aug 09, 2014 Ciarra rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopians, meh
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
Dec 31, 2014 Colleen rated it liked it
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
Aug 05, 2012 Debbie Barr rated it liked it
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.
Owen Lee
Oct 04, 2015 Owen Lee rated it liked it
This book is not a book that you can fall into and read for 3 hours. The introduction part of this book was very boring and plain. The characters are not well described and hard to relate to. Most importantly, the story has numerous unnecessary parts, had a long and unimportant rising action and a short climax.
However, the reason that I gave this book a rating of three star is because of the book's theme. It talks about a fictional power called psi, and people can control other objects with thei
Colleen Clayton
Dec 29, 2012 Colleen Clayton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
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.
Susan Bauman
Apr 04, 2016 Susan Bauman rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the alternative perspective of the main character. I really liked him and felt empathy for him which kept me reading. It was a little difficult to relate to some of the surrounding characters responses but having read the second book I feel it becomes clear their different upbringing and perspective is to blame (his parents & friends etc). This made me think a little about how we judge others for their differences to us without first understanding their beliefs or customs. O ...more
Katie Wilson
Oct 13, 2012 Katie Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit

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
Maria Kiguthi
Apr 20, 2015 Maria Kiguthi rated it it was amazing
I read this book first and then handed to my son to read. He had a few issues getting into the book and had to ask about some words like "tuber" and "quadrider". So we discussed that this isn't taking place here and some of the things we have will be called different names and to see if he could guess what they could be using the stems and context clues. So a bit challenging for my 9 year old but is a great stretch book for him. Taemon and Yens are brothers that are complete opposites. One wants ...more
Oct 19, 2015 Courtney rated it liked it
It had interesting concepts and interesting places and interesting people. The storyline didn't really capture me though and the resolution was kind of taped on. Little to no character development and all of the characters were one dimensional. Ex. Evil or Good, no in between. It was kind of obvious was Taemon was from the beginning. I didn't understand the purpose of the whole birth sign thing. Like, the day you were born just decides your personality? Also, I wish Taemon had had more depth. Re ...more
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
Dec 24, 2013 Lisa Nocita rated it liked it
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
May 03, 2014 Laura Gilfillan rated it really liked it
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
Jan 18, 2014 Magila rated it liked it

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
Feb 22, 2016 Kat rated it liked it
A solid 3.5 stars.
Taemon lives in a land where everyone has psi- that is, telekinesis. You use psi to food yourself, open doors, operate machinery- nobody uses their hands anymore. It isn't until an "accident" leaves Taemon without any psi that he realizes how much he really used it. But if he lets on and people find out, it's a one-way trip to the Dud Farm with him! Add in a psychotic brother, parents who refuse to acknowledge his new disability, and a town on the verge of a new era in history
Stephanie Tiner
Jun 13, 2016 Stephanie Tiner rated it it was amazing
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
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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.

Lana has tried psi many times, particularly when it comes to household chores, but she could never make it work
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Psi Chronicles (3 books)
  • Archon (Psi Chronicles, #2)
  • True Son (Psi Chronicles, #3)

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