Okay, I have to admit it. I love the books where the characters possess paranormal special gifts and this is one of those delicious books.
Meet Taemon. He has an exceptional gift for being able to send his mind into an object to understand exactly how it works. Sometimes he can use the gift to make something work well to his advantage or even to save his life. Sometimes the gift will undo everything he knows and loves.
Taemon has a brother named Yens. Where Taemon has a conscience, empathy for others and an ability to put things into perspective, Yens maniacally wants to possess ultimate power and control. Yens is living on the dark side and tying his allegiance to what he imagines will fill his empty spaces once he is seen as a powerful being. He's even willing to risk his brother's life and cast truth aside.
This futuristic society is waiting for the True Son to be announced. Has a True Son really been discovered?
Our hero, Taemon, is going to find himself challenged by losing his identity. Who are you when you give up your greatest gifts? What becomes important to you? When someone has hurt you deeply, should you hurt deeply in return? Taemon's journey offers some great questions and a chance to look at the world around you today. Where does the power lie? What do you need to hide and what can you safely share in your world?
Good adventure, characters you care about, satisfying sense of journey and watching someone else pick their way through the ambiguity to shed some light on what's worthwhile. This is a story about honor and integrity and caring for something larger than yourself and how fun to bring some supernatural gifts along for the ride. Good read. Ages 10 and up 309 pages 978-0763659370
Recommended by: Barb
Taemon (pronounced Tay-mon) lives in the walled city of Deliverance with his Mam, Da, and brother Yens. Everyone who lives in Deliverance is a “psi-wielder” which means they manipulate everything in their world with their minds through telekinesis. No one touches anything (or anyone) with their hands: doors are opened, food is delivered to the mouth, clothes are donned using on the power of the mind. But Taemon discovers that his mind has the additional ability to “wander” and allows him to see inside of machines, locks, and closed rooms. But Da has told him that mind wandering is dangerous and bad so Taemon keeps it a secret – until his ambitious and greedy brother Yens discovers its existence. When the two come to blows over Taemon’s abilities, Yens is almost killed. Yet when given the choice, Taemon makes a decision that will alter his existence forever. Suspense and adventure, science fiction and battles for power, greedy leaders and naïve followers – all come together in this novel of a dystopian world where a simple touch may have more power than anything else in the universe.
Recommended by: Susan Grigsby, Librarian, Georgia USA
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 is exiled to the powerless colony, where he is accepted unconditionally. But for all its openness, there are mysteries at the colony, too — dangerous secrets that would give unchecked power to psi wielders if discovered. When Taemon unwittingly leaks one of these secrets, will he have the courage to repair the damage — even if it means returning to the city and facing the very people who exiled him?---from the publisher