Monday, October 7, 2013

Freakling

Freakling
(Psi Chronicles #1)
by Lana Krumwiede
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Candlewick Press 
 
Freakling is about a kid, Taemon, who grows up in the shadow of his older brother. He knows he is different from those around him, but he knows he must keep it a secret. Everyone in their city has Psi, basically telekinesis. If a person doesn't have powers then they are shunned and sent to a colony outside the city walls for those without the power. Taemon doesn't think he has anything to worry about until the moment he is faced with an impossible choice. As a result he finds out some of the deep dark secrets that surround his family and fellow citizens of Deliverance.
An exciting sci-fi dystopian that is fine for the upper-elementary grades and middle school. Some of the choices Taemon faces are great for discussion and quite thought-provoking. 

All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays
by Cristin Terrill
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion

From Goodreads:
"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.


My Thoughts:
  This is actually more of a three and a half stars, but not quite a four star. Time travel books generally are a headache to read as you try to make sense of all the loopholes and paradoxes that may or may not exist. I do like how the author dealt with all the possibilities, though I had my fair share of confused moments. I liked the ending, it was well done for a time travel tale. The characters aren't what did it for me, it was the story itself that intrigued me. The only character that was truly interesting was Finn, both versions of him. By the way, I love the cover! I will probably read any follow up books that come out just for fun, but I am not dying to read them.