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This is John Wyndham's The Chrysalids (1955). Set in a post-apocalyptic Labrador, the protagonist David and his telepathic friends try to hide their abilities from their rabidly anti-mutant neighbours. His younger sister Petra is a strong enough telepath to reach all the way around the world to New Zealand, where a society of telepaths are growing. They are ...


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This is The Thief of Always by Clive Barker. Quoting some matching parts of the Wikipedia summary: Harvey Swick is a 11-year-old boy bored with school, teachers, homework, and his day-to-day life. In response to Harvey's frustrated plea for change, a man named Rictus visits Harvey and tells him about a kid's paradise called the Holiday House. At the ...


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This was Martin and His Friend from Outer Space (1955) by Ivo Duka and Helen Kolda. Martin lives in Manhattan. Martin's friend, Aknele-Alpha, hears his radio message and comes to visit from her home on one of Saturn's moons. She has dark hair with a gold streak that is made of real gold. If I remember the story right, she clips off some of her gold hair so ...


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Undertow #1 (2015) by Michael Buckley. From Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town ...


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This is potentially Brent Week's Night Angel Trilogy. Significant spoilers ahead. The main character is known by various names, but for the majority of the books is called Azoth or Kyler Stern. By the end of book one he is in control of a magical artifact known as a Ka'kari. There are a number of these Ka'kari floating around the story. Each is known by its ...


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On reflection, I suspect this is probably This Alien Shore by C.S. Friedman. The book definitely explores the theme of what constitutes sanity, and the possible advantages of mental "disorders"; the Guerrans who run interstellar commerce have created an elaborate system of face painting that help describe the attributes of each person's psyche to ...


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The Rage of Dragons - Evan Winter Goodreads: The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a ...


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I think this is Golem, a french series written in 2003, the description matches yours and my own memories, so I'm pretty sure that's the one :). In this exciting streetwise adventure, a group of children on an inner-city council estate encounter a computer in which the characters of a new game come to life. These golems eventually help the children combat ...


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Possible 'Exiles of Colsec' and sequels by Douglas Hill. Two of the protagonists (Jeko and Rontal) are gang members with a metal 'S' on the forehead and their initials raised scars on their heads. In the last novel, they escape from a prison and fight a battle within an asteroid mine.


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I was trying to remember this book title too! I think it's The Eye of Minds by James Dashner. The summary from Goodreads: Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can ...


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Sounds a lot like the 1961 german novel Der Orchideenkäfig by author Herbert W. Franke, seems to have been published in English as well in 1973 as The Orchid Cage. The plot goes like this: A degenerate humankind lies most of the time in high tech fully automated beds and plays games. Those games are not VR but involve real robot-avatars. These avatars come ...


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This sounds like The Starlight Crystal by Christopher Pike, published in 1995. The actual plot of the book is considerably weirder and more complicated than your summary, but the details you mentioned do line up. From a blog post that recaps the plot: The book is about a girl who is the beginning and the end. She begins the book by meeting a young man named ...


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The Vault of Dreamers, book one of a trilogy by Caragh M. O'Brien. Welcome to the prestigious Forge School of the Arts, where every waking moment of the students' lives is televised. For twelve hours a day, every class, conversation, and gesture is broadcast to millions of viewers. And for twelve hours each night, the students undergo an induced sleep, ...


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Allowing for a lot of distortion in memory over the last 40 years, perhaps you might be thinking of Howard Fast's short story, The First Men (1960)? It's not a great match, but it does feature a dystopic gov't (of the period appropriate Dr. Strangelove variety though, not the future), a small group of children with telepathic ability whose abilities are kept ...


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Wow that took forever to figure out. The author is Fiona Patton the series of books is called The Branion Realm. Four books included in it.


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