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Review: Possession by Elana Johnson

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Possession by Elana Johnson
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Format: eARC
Source: Simon & Schuster-Galley Grab

Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn...and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.
But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they're set on convincing Vi to become one of them...starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can't leave Zenn in the Thinkers' hands, but she's wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous--everything Zenn's not. Vi can't quite trust Jag and can't quite resist him, but she also can't give up on Zenn.
This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

I've put Possession off to the side for a while but when I picked it up, practically finished Possession in one sitting with the fast and twisted story. A dystopian novel that puts you in a world where you no longer have to think for yourself. With a few words from the Director you'll bend right into their control. At the moment I'm a huge dystopian fan and this totally filled my dystopian craze.

As much as I loved the story itself I was a bit lost at points. I was thrown into a world full of "techie" words and it took me a bit to understand it. There were also so many labels to everyone and their relationships to each other was a bit unclear to me. I did enjoy the pace of the story and I didn't feel like I had to sit through pages to understand the setting.

Vi, whose full name is Violet, became my favorite character from the start. She's this rebellious and spontaneous person from the start. But now she became rebellious for a purpose. It felt more natural that way than to have someone who always followed the rules and then started to do crazy stuff all of a sudden. I've never felt like I've known a character as well as Vi since she's not afraid to speak her mind.

I did pick this book up for another reason, the blurb sounded like a good love triangle. Like a really complicated relationship where I can't help but like both guys, which was exactly what I got. Zenn is the guy Vi has fallen for, for 5 years. He seemed like the perfect guy and to make it even better, they were matched. Jag on the other hand was introduced to Vi when they became cell buddies in a prison. Romantic right? Usually I'd cringe when characters refer to each other as babe or baby, but it sounded fitting when it came out of Jag's mouth. Both guys are bold, strong, and would do anything for Vi including risking their lives.

The relationships to the personalities and the character developments felt really natural to me and wasn't forced. It was a great plot but, I did feel like there was so much doubt and betrayal going on that I felt like there were too many holes unfilled. It was overall a great debut novel from Elana Johnson.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5


  1. Great review! I defintiely agree there were some really confusing parts. I had a hard time keeping up at some points. But I did still enjoy it! My review for it will be going up on Monday! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great review, I've been hearing a mixed bag of views on this book for the last few weeks, and I still want to read this book myself when it's out. I'm kind of excited about it, thank you for sharing! :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  3. Great review. I'm really enjoying the dystopian reads right now, too. This one sounds very similar to "Matched". What do you think.

    I'm a little tired of love triangles and books where the romance is front stage. Does this one focus on the relationships aspects or does it have a subplot which could capture my interests?

  4. Sounds interesting :) I might read it when it comes out...

  5. I totally agree -- this book FLEW by, though I occasionally got lost at points. Vi totally rocked -- and OMG THAT ENDING O_O

  6. Hi! I'm a new reader to your blog! I'm reading Possession right now actually. I'm about halfway through :) Totally agree on it being a little confusing and making the reader a bit lost, though, hehe :P


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