“Psion Beta” by Jacob Gowans
“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 abilities 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.” (taken from createspace page)
My Brother-in-Laws thoughts(N. R. Kloetstra)-
In this story we meet a 14-year-old young man named Sammy. Sammy is a troubled teen living on the streets as part of a gang. When the police come to capture him and his friends he suddenly exhibits abilities. These abilities are caused by a genetic anomaly called anomaly 14, bring him to the attention of the government. Sammy is recruited in to a covert operations base for other teens like him. Here he learns not only how to use his powers but also a great many other subjects to help him survive. For survive he must some day when he graduates to become a Psion Alpha. As a beta he has to deal with many things while navigating some of the hardest and most awkward times in a young persons life; friends, rivalries, girls, and trust.
Psion Beta is a good read of 360 pages. But don’t let that stop you from reading it is regular size font with much white space on the page. It is science fiction set in our world in the year 2084-85. The book is good for those in their teens, but would be still equally enjoyed by older readers. Those who enjoy comic book characters, Star Wars, Star Trek, or even things like Harry Potter will find something to like here.
Personally I enjoyed the book. As someone who is a fan for science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as a person who works with youth it was a great read. It took me a few chapters to get into the book but once I did I finished it in about 48 hours. The honest emotion of the characters allowed me to relate to them and empathizes with them. I didn’t like the ending. It really felt as if there wasn’t any, just as if you are watching a favourite TV show and all of a sudden print those 3 frustratingly despised words “To Be Continued…” Argh! I understand that the author may have felt that (according to his After Word), this is where the story stops and where the next begins and not a ploy to sell books. But for me that is a hard pill to swallow, not knowing the whole story continuum, feeling a minor let down at the end. All I can say is… get the next book on the way, and please make it soon!!
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