Top 10 ESP – Extrasensory Perception Books of All time

 

Extrasensory Perception, also known as ESP or Esper, is the sixth sense, in which the reception of information is by the mind and not by the other 5 senses of the body.

Giving meaning to the events of telepathy, precognition, psychometry, and intuition, ESP has led many researchers to believe in psychic abilities.

The Awakening

Chloe Saunders is a living science experiment who can see ghosts and bring the dead to life. This story is about her survival and escapes with the help of three of her supernatural friends: a sorcerer, a werewolf, and a witch.

Read it For:
Armstrong’s teen characters are smart and resourceful.
Don't Read it For:
The pace of the story is a little slower than you’d expect something of this genre to be.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book has a lot of action and is a complement to Armstrong’s world-building skills.

Carrots

Shelby Nichols is leading a very normal life until one day she is at the grocer’s for some carrots, and a robbery is taking place in the same store. The robber fires a bullet that only grazes Shelby’s scalp due to which she slowly starts hearing what other people are thinking. Unfortunately, the gunman identifies her and won’t stop at anything until he can silence her permanently.

Read it For:
The end is riveting, and it will keep you on the edge until the very end.
Don't Read it For:
The concept is weighed down with poor characterization, stereotypical characters, and the story’s predictability.
What makes this book stand out?:
This story could be referenced as a cozy mystery (light reading and humour) and a thriller (very serious) with a touch of paranormal. It’s an easy read, and there is no downtime.

Pegasus in Flight

Telepath Rhyssa Owen coordinates the job assignments for psychically gifted Talents. With the appearance in her life of one extraordinary man with no measurable Talent at all, she suddenly found herself questioning everything she thought she knew about her people.

Read it For:
Peter and Tirla are characters with wonderful backstories.
Don't Read it For:
The book seems to have been written in a rush and not to its credit. This early McCaffrey world smacked of mild sexism, moderate racism, and a whole lot of uncomfortable biological essentialism.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book dives more into individual characters and their abilities rather than the entire group of talents.

Think Twice

When class 10-B got their flu shots, they developed the unexpected side effect of telepathy. Two years later they have gotten used to their powers. Suddenly, one by one, they start losing them. They want to save their powers before it gets too late.

Read it For:
It’s an enjoyable and a quick read with an incredible ending.
Don't Read it For:
There is not a lot of depth in Mlynowski’s sequel to her 2014’s novel.
What makes this book stand out?:
The sequel perfectly complements ‘Don’t Even Think About It.' There is excellent character development and a very interesting plotline.
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Fire

Fire is the last remaining human monster. She can control minds as and when she wants to but avoids using any of her powers because she believes that noone should steal one’s secrets. Then, Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City. Her power could save the kingdom.

Read it For:
Cashore's writing is gentle but wonderful, it's sophisticated, it's not at all like a typical Young Adult fantasy style because it doesn't patronize and it doesn't shout.
Don't Read it For:
The book tends to get boring halfway through as the narration is repetitive.
What makes this book stand out?:
It's not an explosive, fast-paced fantasy romp. It's a story about Fire, about this woman who is not a soldier in the war but who lives while it's going on and is connected to it, weaved into a much bigger web.

Devoured

Remy, Megan’s sister, died nine years ago, and has been haunting her since then. Knowing how crazy that sounds, Megan keeps this secret to herself and tries to lead a normal life. She gets involved in a love triangle, and Remy’s visions get more violent than before. She needs to find out who is in danger.

Read it For:
It is a super-quick read full of twists!
Don't Read it For:
The writing feels rushed, and the plot is easy to guess.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is a stunning, contemporary twist on the tale of Snow White!

Breathe: A Ghost Story

Jack is used to danger. His asthma nearly killed him more than once. But his new home has a danger he’s never known before - the spirits of the dead. They can’t breathe, but in Jack’s house they chase, hide and scream. Only Jack can see and hear them. And only he can learn their secrets in time to save himself and his mother.

Read it For:
The writing is well done, and the ease in which McNish transitioned into a new chapter or section is admirable.
Don't Read it For:
The plot is a little too thin in certain places, and there is too much build up for nothing.
What makes this book stand out?:
There is deep sense of darkness in this novel, and it almost seems like a whimsical ghost story.

Don’t Even Think About It

A class of high-school sophomores gets telepathic powers as side effects from flu shots. They can now hear everything everyone thinks about. They’ve kept their powers secret, and they know everything.

Read it For:
Don’t Even Think About It had quite an interesting premise (which is completely unrealistic, though) which can grab the reader’s attention. It is a light and fluffy contemporary to switch things up after reading a lot of serious books.
Don't Read it For:
The story isn’t narrated by an individual but by a collective group using “we” which can take some time for readers to adjust to.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is an edgy and quirky novel that will appeal to young readers.

The Shining

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Read it For:
The characters are well-crafted, and their introductions are admirable.
Don't Read it For:
It tends to get a little drawn out and boring towards the halfway mark, but the plots start to get intriguing sooner than you know.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author explores the concepts of metaphysical, theological, spiritual and psychological elements to add chilling aspects to the book.

Mindbridge

In the far future, the accidental scientific breakthrough known as the Levant-Meyer Translation changes everything. Suddenly, people can leap instantaneously across the universe, but one expedition doesn’t make it back alive. An encounter that could prove to be the first step in humankind’s salvation or its doom is underway.

Read it For:
This book has some interesting ideas, like the instantaneous transfer to distant planets with all its limitations and dangers.
Don't Read it For:
The blatant sexism in the science fiction novel is unacceptable.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is written in a way a lot of readers may not have ever seen a book written before. Some chapters are presented as a play, with just dialogue.

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