Length: 320 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Series or Stand-Alone: 1st book of 2 (so far)
Content appropriate for: Grades 6-8
Format: Gifted hardback
Three adjectives that describe this book: intense, unique, futuristic
Dystopia is all the rage these days (Think Hunger Games and Divergent). Sometimes dystopian books seem too similar, like there's nothing new out there anymore. But, no! Freakling is an entirely unique and wholly engrossing dystopia.
While the villain is perfectly terrifying and the danger is palpably intense, Freakling is really great for readers that fall somewhere between middle grades and young adult. There's no romance or cursing, and the world is rather straight-forward.
I loved the idea of a telekinetic society and how it went from very cool (I'm cooking dinner with no hands!) to very dangerous. Imagine a world where certain people have the power to manipulate atoms with their minds, where they can strangle you, decapitate you, or create a black hole on a whim.
I only wish the ending had been a bit less deux ex machina. I would have liked something messier, because Freakling made it clear that telekinetic manipulation at the atomic level is a terrible power.