Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on May 5, 2015
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The global Ebola-X pandemic of 2022 lasted five months, two weeks, and six days before a cure could be found. In its wake, it left a generation of psionic freaks, who can turn a single thought into a weapon...or worse. Fifteen-year-old Devon McWilliams is one of those freaks, but Devon rates a big fat zero on the scale of cool psychic abilities. Days after escaping from his psionic detainment facility, the military intercepts him. Regaining consciousness, Devon finds himself restrained aboard a military airship headed toward certain death. Aboard this one-way flight to doom are six other psions. One of them, a telepath named Bai Lee Chen, claims to have the means to escape. All the others have to do is convince her that they're worthy of freedom by allowing her to telepathically replay their memories. The last thing Devon wants to do is reveal his useless plant-talking prowess to this destroy-you-with-a-thought crew. To complicate matters further, he's crushing hard on Alya, the group's lovely healer. Devon knows he must keep his wits about him if he's going to survive this wild ride. And that's going to be a tricky thing to do around a telepath who seems to have a diabolical agenda all her own."
As an aftermath of a huge epidemic, humans have found that new life is entering the world with a bit of a change. A change that can be embraced or hidden. Devon, has a change of his own, along with many others. Living in world where their lives are not their own, they must break free. But knowing who to trust during this process is the dilemma. Each carrying their own talent, they must use those to escape from those who hold them captive. Some may find their way. Some will not. Hang on until the end, where tables turn and events take a different shape. The author has given her characters all a voice, pushing forward in the time of ultimate survival. If sci-fi, dipped with a little bit of coming of age is your interest, then this is one to check out.
When looking at novels sometimes it is very clear who the audience is. In Freaks of Nature, not as much. The storyline was interesting, however there was dialogue and language sprinkled throughout that makes me a bit reluctant to give this novel to my 11 year old son, although the story line would be right down his alley. Putting those immediate feelings aside the novel has great potential for readers to either fall in love with. Although, it took me a little while to get into, events unfolded providing a very satisfying ending, with more I’m sure to come.