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Sammy, a 14-year-old fugitive, accidentally discovers he has the powers of a Psion.

Plucked off the streets, he is thrust into the rigorously-disciplined environment of Psion Beta headquarters. As a new Beta, Sammy must hone his newfound abilities using holographic fighting simulations, stealth training missions, and complex war games. His fellow trainees are other kids competing to prove their worth so they can graduate and contribute to the war effort.

But the stifling competition at headquarters isolates Sammy from his peers. Learning to use his incredible powers is difficult enough, but when things go horribly wrong on a routine training mission, he must rely on the other Betas to stay alive.

The Silent War is at a tipping point; even one boy can be the difference.

But to do so, he must survive.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 733 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 372 Seiten
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004G5Z44W
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Eine beeindruckende und spannende junge Serie, die mich sehr fasziniert hat. Nach schweren Kriegen und katastrophalen Epidemien ist die Erdbevölkerung um 40% geschrumpft. In der zweiten Hälfte des 21. Jahrhunderts wurden genmutierte Menschen mit ausserordentlichen Fähigkeiten entdeckt, die von den zwei noch existierenden Reichen gegen das andere Reich eingesetzt werden- der abtrünnige Bösewichtstaat Continentale Amerikanische Regierung, CAG, und die gute Neue Welt Regierung, NWG.

Der fast 14-jährige Sammy fristet als Strassenjunge im Territorium Südafrika sein Dasein, wo er nach einer dramatischen Jagd von der Elitetruppe Psion entdeckt, rekrutiert und ausgebildet wird. Zusammen mit anderen hoffnungsvollen Jugendlichen mit speziellen Fähigkeiten unterwirft er sich begeistert dem harten Training.

Insgesamt nicht viel zu erzählen, aber toll und spannend inszeniert, sehr gut geschrieben und aufgebaut mit Knallerende, das zum sofortigen Weiterlesen inspiriert. Mein einziger Meckerpunkt ist die zu ausgeweitete, schmachtende Teeny-Liebe. Aber trotzdem sehr empfehlenswert.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It's Complicated 29. März 2016
Von One Man Book Club - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I just committed 14 days to 2420 pages of the five-book Psion Series.

The series has 2564 five-star reviews on Goodreads, and about as many four-star reviews.  There are hardly any one or two starred reviews.

Everyone who read these books loved them.  So, obviously, I loved them too.

Obviously. 

Right?

Sigh.

It's complicated.

Here's what I liked.

I wonder when I'll get bored of stories about kids with unique talents being discovered and shipped off to special kid school so they can learn to use their talent to save the world?  Never, I suspect.

What about stories about underdogs overthrowing oppressive governments?  Doesn’t get old.

How about stories about unlikely heroes?  Troubled, imperfect good guys who have to overcome their personal demons before they can save the ones they love?  Sacrificing yourself for your friends? Young love?  Please—give me more! More, more, more!

The Psion Series has it all.  No offensive language or sex either.

I like it.

Here's what's complicated:

First, the writing is unpolished. I’m trying to be polite—I have tremendous respect for anyone that writes, so I hate calling out the writing. But I do call it as I see it.  The writing improves as the series goes on, but those first three books were really hard to get through. Even by the end though, it reads more like a middle-grade book than anything.  Which actually isn’t really that much of an issue…

…except for the other complication.

The Psion series sees an Ender and raises a Rambo. These kids die violently. And kill violently. Really, really violently.

For all of the chaste love and elementary-school expletives, there is an exponential elevation of violence.  I’m talking blood and guts, full descriptions, gore, smells, feels, emotions, no holding back. It’s the weirdest thing.  It’s a middle-grade story with grown-up violence.

What do I do with that?

I WANT to recommend The Psion Series—the story is a lot of fun and I cared about the characters.

I can’t recommend it to my kids because of the strong, bloody, and frequent violence—even though the writing, language, and relationships are perfectly on their level.

I can’t recommend it to my adult friends because the juvenile writing is lame. To be clear, I’m not talking about lack of swearing or sex as juvenile.  I’m talking about the actual writing.  It was just plain hard to read.

You see?

It’s complicated.

So, I’ll just do my job. I liked The Psion Series, but I didn’t like the writing.  I liked the clean language and chaste love, but didn’t like the violence.

If you can look past the complicated and appreciate the good, I think you’ll find a series worth investing in.  If you’re going to get hung up on complicated, you’d better not waste your time.

Happy reading!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing, but just wait till you get to the next one. 4. Februar 2016
Von Trevor Anderson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Not a perfect novel, but a perfect way to start the series. The cliff hanger ending is the only thing I might change, though the second book is even better than the first, so it's not much of an issue. That being said...

This book is an excellent introduction to a set of characters and conflicts that will immediately draw you in. A truly entertaining book, that will evoke real emotions from the reader. The characters are relatable and the conflicts are tense. I personally loved reading the “romance” plotlines of the book, because they just felt so real. Even more than that, though, I loved the action sequences of the novel. They were just SO COOL.

Note: Many people compare this one to Ender's Game, and in the sense that the protagonist goes to a military school for kids, and plays a tactical combat game, those are fair. But this book is totally original in tone, characters, and themes. So, I think it's definitely original enough to be worth reading, especially because the next books totally break from that formula.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A possible future for mankind! 23. Januar 2012
Von JJCEO - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It is the year 2085 and 40% of the earth's population has died of a super virus called the Scourge! Sammy is a 14 years old living in Johannesburg on his own. He escaped from a detention prison with some of his friends and they are living off of the streets and in abandoned buildings.

They steal food and some of the group while robbing a restaurant are tracked back to their hidding place. The young men scatter and the police are all over them. Some still escape and Sammy is one of them. Chased for hours through the streets and alleys of Jo'burg they are trapped multiple times. Sammy uses some power that only manifests itself when he is desperate or trapped and scared. He can blast back the police officers or stop their Shocker weapons and disable them with their own weapons.

Hiding in a church they are pursued by the Elite. They are the best commandos the NWG (New World Order) has and Sammy is shocked to see the best come after a couple of running kids. They are not after the kids, they after Sammy!

Sammy is captured and abducted to a government facility by mysterious people. He finds out the he has an anomaly that makes him different from most people. In fact he has two anomalies, numbers 11 and 14. He is told that his parents, who are dead, had been given a vaccine to keep them from getting the Scourge. The vaccine causes the parent's offspring to be born with anomalies of which there are many.

Sammy is being recruited and he has two choices. Join and become a member of Psion or decline and go to jail for the crimes he has done. He will also face being tracked the rest of his life and given a drug to counteract his powers.

Sammy joins and what follows is a training course like no other in the world. The world is at war with the NWO fighting the CAG (Continental American Government). Not all out war but an unspoken and hidden war using humans with mutated powers. Sammy just realized that he has volunteered for a dangerous assignment.

This book is an excellent story about how the Psion Betas (The training team) learn to work together and hope to graduate to the Psion Alpha Squad to fight the war. The author has done a good job in explaining how the powers are developed and what the possibilities are for use in battle. It is an interesting story and it is book one of a series.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good book, maybe not for younger teens 23. Januar 2014
Von Bluegeek - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Without getting into a summary of the plot, I have to say that I liked this book as a sci-fi novel. It was well-written and fast-paced.

The protagonists are all teenagers with the power to unleash telekinetic blasts from their hands and feet. The book is clearly aimed at a teen/YA audience, but this "old" guy enjoyed it too. Teen themes (acceptance, angst, relationships) are present, but the author doesn't beat the reader over the head with them. Comparisons to Ender's Game are not far off the mark here.

The one reason I did not give this book 5-stars, though, is directly related to its target audience.

The main character, Sammy, was orphaned by a brutal act that is described in some detail. He seems like a "good guy", but having grown up on the streets he's what I might call "ethically-challenged" at times. His special abilities, over and above his telekinetic mutation, essentially translate into a "killer instinct" where he instinctively analyzes a tactical situation and knows the best way to win. Hence the comparisons to Ender's Game.

Where the comparison breaks down is that Sammy doesn't have Ender's innocence. Don't get me wrong, he somehow manages to remain a likable character. But I have to share a bit of a spoiler here to explain why this is a problem for a teen audience.

Sammy drives himself to be able to kill multiple Thirteens in simulated hand-to-hand combat. He devises the tactic of severing an opponent's finger in order to bypass the biometric locks on the Thirteens' weapons and use them against them. At one point, he and his teammate are in danger of being brutally slaughtered by Thirteens. One of the Thirteens is described as looking like she wanted to eat them. Sammy devises the tactic of using telekinetic blasts to shred the Thirteens body armor with shards of glass. Some of this is described in graphic, if not gory, detail.

And this is where I have a problem with a book that's aimed at a teen audience. Sammy has a 'Kill or Be Killed' mentality that's being portrayed in a positive light. It might be unavoidable in a soldier, a necessary evil, but Sammy doesn't struggle much with his regrets. The opponents in this book are subhuman, savage monsters, so brutal tactics are 'okay'.

This is not the kind of subject material I'd want to expose my teenager to, and so I had to knock off a star and let parents know that they need to preview this before letting their teenager read it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen DaveH 25. September 2012
Von Dave H - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
"Psion Beta (Psion Series: Book I)" by Jacob Gowans is a fantastic YA sci/fi fantasy-thriller with high intensity heart thumping battles being fought against the "Thirteens" in the "silent war." The story is populated with richly developed characters that you will become attached to and champion. Atmospheric backdrops, YA vernacular, bullying, friendship, and heroism that will capture your imagination. This is one of the best coming-of-age stories I've read this year and I highly recommend the entire series to boys who are reluctant to read because it will hook them in much the same way that "The Maze Runner Trilogy" did. (5+ stars)
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