A coming of Age by Timothy Zahn

Rating: 3 out of 5.

In a post-earth world, children are endowed with telekinesis, a power they lose once they hit puberty. Since kids have all the power, great strides are taken to keep them in check, and evil “Oliver Twist-like” people are out to take advantage of their abilities.

Synopsis

The first colonists to reach Tigris thought they had found Eden… but the planet had a horrifying effect on their children. Babies born there developed frightening telekinetic powers at the age of five. No one could control them — and as the changelings grew and became aware of their abilities they initiated a bloodbath of chaos and violence that nearly destroyed the planet.

Two centuries after the Lost Generation, Tigrins have learned to cope with their strange planet and its effects. But a new threat is rising. In secret a medical researcher is experimenting with the TK ability. His guinea pigs are stolen children; his object, to extend their powers past adolescence and into adulthood. If he succeeds, Tigris faces disintegration. 

“I speak the Truth,” the Prophet Omega said solemnly, hands raised palm outward to the group of kids sitting cross-legged in the sun-drenched glen.

“The Truth,” they repeated in unison.

“Search your souls for that which is impure,” Omega said. He stole a glance upward as a small shadow passed over them: four more kids arriving, from the direction of Tweenriver and Ridge Harbor. “Replace the impure with the Truth.”

“The Truth.”

“To remember my words is to learn; to learn is to grow; to grow is to rise above Transition. The Truth shall set you free.”

“The Truth.”

“Meditate, all of you, on the Truth.”

“The Truth,” they repeated one last time and fell silent, their heads bowed.

While this book’s core concept was interesting, and a neat way to approach a power imbalance between teens and adults, I didn’t feel like it explored the ramifications as much as it could have. This is largely a mystery novel in terms of structure and focus, but there’s little mystery to it when multiple POVs show us almost every part of the plot long before the protagonists discover them.

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