Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede

In Taemon's city everyone uses their psi to move items with their minds.  Besides his psi, Taemon has always had the ability to do what he calls "mind wandering" where he can see how things work which allows him to work them with his mind.  He has figured out that he is unique in his mind wandering ability so he keeps it a secret but he has to use it to stay alive when he is almost drowned by his power-hungry older brother.  When Taemon turns his power on his brother her hears a voice in his head telling him that he has permission to kill if he wants.  Frightened, Taemon stops and loses all his psi power entirely.  Using his intelligence he is able to fool everyone for awhile but his loss of power is eventually discovered and he is sent to the "dud farm" with others who have no psi.  But life working with your hands is not at all what Taemon had been led to believe and he soon finds out that something is afoot back in his old city.  This is a well-written, unique dystopia that I really enjoyed.  Unlike some sci fi or fantasy books that have convoluted plots and backstories this one was easily grasped which is definitely not to say that it was simplistic.  Just a good story.