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Jun 7, 2011

Book Review: Possession

PossessionTitle: Possesion
Author: Elana Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 7th 2011)  
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Series: NA
Pages: 416
Source: Received from publisher

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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.

My $0.02

WOW, Possession is surely something; I just finished the book about 30 minutes ago and I haven’t come up with a word to describe it yet. All in all, I enjoyed it very much. Through it all, there were many parts where I was confused…or scenes that I couldn’t quite picture, but I mustered through it and got past it.

From the get go, you are thrown into Vi’s world, within the first chapter or two, so much is happening, you just better grip onto your seat and hold on! We are introduced to Violet Schoenfeld who is very kick-ass, rebellious, and just totally awesome! She lives in a world where Thinkers control everything and everyone. There are the Goodies and the Baddies; the Goodlands and the Badlands. From the first page or so, you are also introduced to Zenn – something about him is very…I can’t pinpoint it, but just know that he’s totally hot!

Throughout Vi’s journey, she begins to question everything! There are so many puzzles left open for debate that now I’m left questioning everything I know! :) She meets Jag Barque—how I feel about him: asfjklskjdsfjejlsd, translate: hummanah! Their relationship is…perfect! LOL, I love how they are with each other; they’re like the same, but not exactly either. They just fit well together!

Elana Johnson’s very important message throughout Possession leaves me questioning what I would do. The antagonist in Possession argues how the human race has no control, how no one cares for anyone else but themselves—and in doing so, we’re all going to destroy ourselves. The other side of that argument is our freedom, being allowed to choose what we want to do, what we want to say. Like the book says, control or be controlled.

The ending to Possession leaves you wishing there were more pages—as if 400+ pages weren’t enough, but seriously! I want more. No, I NEED more! It just leaves you with the feeling of wanting to fight back. You are thrust into this journey where all you do is fight, fight, fight, and then at the end, these calming feeling washes over you and for me, as the reader, I wanted to fight back! I am on a mission to get a second installment out of Mrs. Johnson! ;)

Possession really does leave you wondering what is right or wrong—or if right or wrong really matters. What does it mean, besides being labeled? You get told that doing or saying something is wrong…but what is really wrong? See, I’m questioning everything now! LOL!

Possession was an interesting read for me; besides the fact that I couldn’t quite picture what was going on, such as all the technology involved, the love and the relationships in the story pulled me through! If you love anything dystopian, don’t hesitate to pick up Possession—in stores today! (Wow, did I just sound like a commercial right there?!)

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  1. Glad you liked the book. Jag drove me mad! Nice review!

  2. There is mixed reviews on this but l think a book which leaves you wanting more is definitely a very good book =)


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