Psion Paperback – Mar 6 2007
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“Strong, well-written, complex.” ―The Horn Book on Psion
“One of the most impressive practitioners in the genre.” ―Science Fiction Chronicle on Joan Vinge
About the Author
Bestselling author JOAN D. VINGE won the Hugo Award for her novel The Snow Queen. Her other novels include The Summer Queen, World's End, and Heaven Chronicles. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Top Customer Reviews
I do highly recommend this book for two things, which are 1) Cat. He is a great character and this book is spoken in his own unique voice, and 2) 'Catspaw,' the sequel to this book, is full-on excellent, and you will enjoy it more if you read this book.
The other complaint I have is the cover art. I mean, who is that supposed to be? Cat is a teenager in this book, and that dude looks 40. The original cover art was uglier, but at least it looked like Cat. The cover art for 'Catspaw' was so much better--did Micheal Whelan do this one too, and if so, was he half-asleep?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Psion is about a street kid who is half alien. His alien half provided him with the ability to read minds, but he is helpless to use the talent. Some trauma so deeply hurt him that he is incapable of using his psychic abilities. Cat is taken to this institute where government agents try to put humpty back together and 'fix' his mind reading abilities. He befriends a fellow mind reader Dere and falls for a sweet girl Jule, a teleport who is the only person who believes Cat is not worthless. Jule believes Cat can help the government mind readers stop an infamous terrorist/mind reader/teleporter/telekenesis multi-talented 'Quicksilver' from taking over the FTA mines.
Cat gets kicked out of the institute and sold into a slavery into the very mines that Quicksilver wants to overtake. The Cinder mines are haunted by an alien race of teleporting mind reading Hydrans. Cat is half Hydran and quickly becomes their 'key' to ending the humans reign on Cinder. Hydrans are helpless and cannot hurt or kill anyone without feeling the effects mirrored back at them.
Cat is essentially a spy in a nest of mind readers, so he walks a fine and frighting line, as he and his small group try to thwart Quicksilver and his revolutionaries.
What I love about it:
The characters are portrayed in such a complex manner. The book is in first person format and you know and feel everything Cat does, the good the bad and the ugly.
It is a timeless book that has drawn me back time and again for the pure enjoyment of entering Cat's heart in his harsh and heoric world.
I still want to know if Seibling is Cat's father. That question is never answered in any of the Cat books. Ever hear of DNA tests?
The final confronation scene on Cinder is confusing. The knowledge that Seibling forces Cat through a 3 way joining to kill isn't obvious from the scene. The recap helps the reader to understand exactly what happened.
This book is on my top 10 sci-fi books of all time. I love it. 'nough said.
It isn't a bad book by any means. It just isn't that great, either. Not one of those "you pick it up and then can't bear to put it down" sort of things. It's an o.k. read with characters that aren't all that likeable.
Like most things, it all comes down to a matter of taste. There are books I've read in past years that have stuck with me, making me track them down to read again and again. This book isn't one of them.