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