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Freakling (Psi Chronicles #1)

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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...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Candlewick Press (first published July 10th 2012)
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Lana Krumwiede
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...more
Kyra
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
Bennett
"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
...more
Tara
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
Annie
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.

Setting:
I love, more than anything, the fact that this setting made me think quite a...more
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...more
Julia
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...more
BookNerd17
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...more
Nerd Goddess
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!
Rebecca
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...more
Lisa
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
Magila
3.5

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...more
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:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...



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...more
Jen
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...more
Angie
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...more
Adriana
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Overview:
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...more
Jenni Frencham
Everyone in Taemon's world has a special power called Psi - the ability to move objects with one's mind. They are eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Chosen One, while rival factions disagree about the use of Psi and the application of this power. When Taemon loses his Psi ability in an accident, he is terrified that he will be discovered and sent away to live with other Psi-less individuals. All the while his brother has been accepted as The Chosen One and is gaining more and more power. Can Ta...more
Gail
This book has some interesting twists and turns. A family that has some old world values, not using Psi on Sunday, giving of their labors from the garden instead of baubles, etc. and how things are changing and maybe not for the good of the people. Would we feel connections to this book in that regard? Do we sometimes feel the old values are disappearing and new values don't seem to be a comfortable change? Or do we just read the book as an interesting story about power and how it can corrupt pe...more
Chelsey
I can't wait! This book looks amazing! I think I shall preorder it so I can be one of the first to read it!
So I had two copies...one for my family and one I gave to my mom who likes all the same books I do...well mostly! She read half of it on the plane and called me to let me know that it was good but she didn't think she would have time to finished it because she was so busy. She texted me the next day saying she loved it and she was finished. That tells me that the roller coaster ride was pe...more
Karen
Taemon (TAY-mon), the 2nd son of a teacher, the younger brother of someone who was always the best at everything, has always been trying to blend into the crowd, to just be...normal. And to be normal in the walled-in city of Deliverance meant that you have psi.

"Psionic power can take a number of forms, each one a scientifically inexplicable transfer of energy or information. (view spoiler)...more
Bethany Kletka
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Audrey
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Diana Gagliardi
Wow! I grabbed this on a whim at lunch and am so glad I did!

In my mind it is a fantasy version of Ender's Game. In a world of psi with a religion based on the coming of the True Sun, no one touches. Knowledge is hidden and any "duds" are sent away from the city to a village where all work with their hands. In this world, Taemon can do something no one else can; he "mind wanders" into objects, seeing how they work and using this knowledge to give his psi power over things he hasn't even studied....more
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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...more
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