By Isobelle Carmody
Tor, 2000. 246 pgs. Young adult fiction.
In a post-holocaust world where people who are deemed abnormal are either burned or carted off to work as labor, Elspeth Gordie is forced to keep her unusual mental powers hidden. When she is denounced as a Misfit, one who has such powers, her punishment is banishment to the compound called Obernewtyn, buried deep in the mountains. She finds people both wonderful and terrible there and realizes she must stop the evil designs of those attempting to resurrect destructive forces.
This was an excellent, fast-paced read with complex characters and intriguing twists and turns. The first in a series, I look forward to reading the continuing books.