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Review: Possession by Elana Johnson

Title: Possession

Author: Elana Johnson

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: Possession (Book 1)

Publication Date: June 7, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 416 Pages

ISBN-10: 1442421258 (Simon Pulse)

ISBN-13: 978-1442421257 (Simon Pulse)

Reviewed by: Kayla

Synopsis:

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.

Quick and Dirty: A girl tries to escape the clutches of a demanding Society.

Opening Sentence: Good girls don’t walk with boys.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Violet knows everyone is brainwashed. But just because everyone else in the Goodgrounds is doesn’t mean that Vi has to be. But Vi breaking minor rules that other people wouldn’t even think of is the least of Vi’s worries when she’s arrested and held in a cell with the criminal Jag Barque. From the very start, Vi finds her world spiraling out of control. She discovers a rebellion, a love-hate romance, and a few secrets that may turn her allegiance — and what’s scary is that her choice matters. Fighting to stay with what she just obtained and reaching for something she always had, Vi has to choose — Good or Bad? Right or wrong? Jag or Zenn?

This dystopian society is separated into two main groups: the Good and the Bad. In the Goodgrounds everyone wears the same clothes, obeys every law, and listens to a recording every night that brain washes the citizens into lawful Goodies taught that Baddies are the worst people in the world. But in the Badlands people are free — freer than the Good but still not all the way. People have choices — what to wear, how to cut their hair, who they hang out with — but in the end they still have to obey what the Greenies (mind controlling leaders of the society) say.

This book had me confused. Now mind you, it had a great plot with lots of twists. It also had a lot of scenes that weren’t explained all the way and a very…weird romance.

There was a love triangle but that isn’t what had me yelling at Vi throughout the book. It’s the relationship with Jag that had me screaming, “WHY IN THE WORLD ARE YOU WITH HIM??” Sure, the character himself is absolutely fine; he’s a broken and rebellious hero (I totally don’t blame Vi for falling for him after a life of constant goodness). But after he left her for the FIFTH time, I was getting a little tired of the love hate relationship between the two. Every single time she refused to take him back for like five minutes and then all of a sudden she’s kissing him, sins forgiven. EVERY STINKING TIME. Yes, Jag does have a very persuasive voice, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t still be mad at him for leaving her alone to cross the border of the Badlands by herself while the Greenies are on her tail. Just saying.

Overall this is an alright book. There were hardly any transitions in between scenes, making the reading a whole lot more complicated. You have to read between the lines and assume a lot of things, but just keep reading and it usually sorts itself out. The ending will have you glad that the second book, Surrender, is already out.

Notable Scene:

My head hurt and I needed a pain stick. The bed shifted when Jag sat down. I expected his touch, but when his cool fingers brushed my arm, I still jumped.

He handed me a pain stick (damn him). “Vi, a Choker is someone who fils you up,” he said, his soft voice reaching to the furthest parts of my soul. “Fills you up so full, you feel like you could choke.”

Well, that was the absolute perfect thing to say (damn him to hell).

He wrapped his arms around me and cradled me against his chest. “You’ve been crying?”

“You looked like you were going to kill me last time I was here.”

He chuckled softly. “You think Pace is cute?” His voice took on a distinct jealous edge.

I shrugged. “He looks a lot like his brother.”

The Possession Series:

1. Possession

1.5. Regret

2. Surrender

FTC Advisory: Simon Pulse provided me with a copy of Possession. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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One Response to “Review: Possession by Elana Johnson

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    I read this book, but can’t remember the ending to save my life. I keep hearing people say things about it. I’m going to have to re-read that part–and I no longer have the book.Ugh!Thanks for the review.

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