Monday, October 3, 2011

Possession by Elana Johnson [Review]

  4 out of 5 Robots!
Possession by Elana Johnson
Series: Possession, #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release: June 7, 2011
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
My Copy: Amazon Vine
Reviewer: Rex
Buy The Book: Amazon

Book Summary: 
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 Thoughts:
Possession is engrossing, another great addition to the young adult dystopian genre. I have to admit though, this book is relatively slow to start, but after about page 100, I was absolutely captivated. Also, be warned, we have another love triangle on our hands. I'm getting exhausted of love triangles... Regardless, I really enjoyed this book. By the end I wanted to read it again. 

The plot becomes a quick, fast paced adventure for the characters- packed full of mind control and little twists that kept me flipping the pages. The mind control did help the characters get out of most situations, but it is still thrilling. The characters are frustrating but likeable and it is hard to say what their motives may be and who is good and who is bad... Love this. I don't want to be able to predict the side a character has ultimately chosen. 

Since I mentioned the characters- I liked them. I didn't find myself falling in love with any of them, but they were intriguing. Vi's decisions and snark were sometimes amusing and sometimes too much. Jag, Vi's love interest, is mysterious, easy going and completely entertaining. I loved his wits and his interactions with Vi. They're perfect for each other. I really can't wait to see what Elana has in store for us in Possession #2.

Those that are obsessing over the dystopian novels this year (like myself!) will probably really get into this one. I suggest those that feel they're getting tired of the trite mind-numbed societies and love triangles may want to move on to the next one. Though I am quite enamored with this story, it did not offer anything refreshing or new to this genre.

1 comment :

  1. I'm getting this book in a trade soon so I'm glad to year that you enjoyed it. Thanks for the warning about the slow beginning. I'm still a fan of love triangles, so I have no problem with that here!



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