May 6, 2012

Psion Beta By Jacob Gowans

Psion Beta
By: Jacob Gowans

This book is the beginning of a series, but unfortunately, I haven't read the rest of the series yet, and the end of this book segues into the beginning of the next.  I'm going to leave off a little bit at the end so YOU can read the book to figure out the cliffhanger Mr. Gowans leaves!

Sammy Berhane Jr. has had a rough childhood.  And that's putting it in simple terms.  All the things he has held dear throughout his 14 years of life have been stripped from him, teaching him to be extremely self-reliant and independent, but also hostile and extremely mistrusting of everyone, especially those in power.  After a game with his friends in an abandoned grocery store goes horribly awry, he thinks his life is over.

But it is just beginning.

Sammy has special powers.  And the government wants to utilize them to fight what is known (or not so known) as the "Silent War".  And he doesn't really have a choice.

He and 4 other 'betas' begin their training.  All of them are scared and not sure exactly what to expect, but most of the older betas help them out.  As Sammy's training starts to progress, he realizes that his abilities seem to outshine his classmates', so he lies about his test scores and physical training goals so people won't be jealous.  As tough as he seems, he just wants to have friends and be accepted.  But there's a problem.  Sammy will not tell anyone about his past.  And it's hard to have friends when you lie to them.

It's hard for Sammy to open up, considering his troubled past, but it's the only way to gain the complete trust of his classmates.  But telling the truth about his past also means telling the truth about his success in simulated combat as well as in his test scores for his lessons.

Deep down, Sammy knows that he can't lead his friends under false pretenses and never tell them the truth, and as the reader, you hope with all your heart that he realizes this before it's to late.

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