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Genre: Young Adult, SciFi, Super Powers
Point of View: Third (Devon) First (Vahn, Nevada, Alya, Miguel, Devon)
Released: May 6th 2015
Series: The Psion Chronicles 1
Predictability: 3 out of 5 (Where 1 is totally unpredictable and 5 is I knew what was going to happen way ahead of time.)
My Rating: 8/10 Stars
In the future a vaccine caused teenagers to be born with bright blue eyes and super powers. The adults want to control these psions, so they’re taken from their families and placed in facilities.
Devon thinks he has the lamest power in the world, plant talker. After he escapes from a facility he’s placed on a plane with other escapees. One is a mind reader named Bai Lee and she has a plan to escape. If the others agree to replay their escapes she’ll let them go with her.
I’ve been on a super powers kick lately, so when I read the unique premise of Freaks of Nature I couldn’t resist. And I wasn’t disappointed!
The main story is told by Devon in third person, but the flashbacks are told in first, which easily could’ve been confusing but actually worked well. The voices of the five points of view were unique enough that I didn’t confuse them. (Though it probably helped that I didn’t put the book down much)
The world felt very dystopian. (Maybe not for the teens, there was little illusion of good there) It must be hard to come up with original super powers and most of them had been done before, but they weren’t boring and they all had something special about them. The psi-blade was the most unique, creating weapons and armor from their bodies, but my favorite was the plant talker.
I also liked Devon’s personality best, (which is good since he’s the main character) he’d been bullied relentlessly for his lame power at the facility, but he was still a strong good person. He’s also the funniest, though most of the humor comes from his ability. (I loved the personalities of the plants!)
Nevada, a senator’s daughter who acts out for attention came off a bit mean at first, but she was really a nice girl. I appreciated that in her flashback she was still true to herself and a bit abrasive at times.
Alya the Romanian healer was a sweet girl and I liked her connection to Devon.
There was a little romance and considering they’d only really known each other a few hours (circumstances notwithstanding) it did feel a bit fast, but it was sweet, so I liked it.
The plot was fast paced and there were really only a couple of parts that I wanted to go a little faster.
Vahn’s point of view was the most exciting, but it was also the longest. (A little too long if you ask me.) The action was well done, it was just missing that ‘the character comes up with something cool/smart to win’. The author tried, but it fell a bit flat for me.
The other point of view I didn’t care for was Miguel’s, but his was short and all of his preying was in italics so it was easy to skip. (Miguel is very religious and if he didn’t have super powers he’d have been a padre)
Overall: A quick fun book that was part super powers and part dystopian. (In feel)
Do you prefer fist person or third person point of view? First will always be my favorite, because it feels like I’m really the character. Third limited is okay too, but I like to be close.