{Review+G!veaway} Possession by Elana Johnson

November 5, 2012 Giveaways, Reviews 25

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Thank you so much for all of the nice words and thoughts for my test this weekend. You guys are the best πŸ™‚ 

I have my review of the first book in the series, Possession for you today as well as a giveaway πŸ™‚ 

Possession by Elana Johnson

Hardcover416 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Simon & Schuster
Age Group: YA Dystopian
Source: Hardcover from Author
Series: Possession #1
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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.

Possession made me remember why I love dystopians so much. I love the crazy worlds, the creepy governments, and just figuring everything out and how everything works in these new worlds. And Possession was such a world building treat! It was the perfect mix of mystery and detail.

Vi is so spunky. I loved her, she has a lot of spirit. They called her a “free thinker” and they said it like such a bad thing. And free thinking is a very bad thing for the government. They put everything into very neat categories for the citizens so they don’t ever have to think too hard about anything. There are the “goodlands” and the “badlands” and “goodies” and “badies”. Vi gets sent to the badlands and even though she is very scared about it so knows that she isn’t going to back down about anything. That was what I loved about her- she never gave up. I would hate to see that spirit of hers broken. 

Jag is just as adorable as Vi. I was pretty much always on team Jag. Even when Vi talks about all the great things about Zenn, who she has known her whole life, I just kept thinking that he was boring. I never really liked him, even as a friend. Jag was like an onion. Everytime he was alone with Vi he would share something new about himself. I found myself looking forward to those scenes in the book. 

Possession is a whirlwind on the run adventure that kept me turning pages until the very end. I loved Elana Johnson’s writing style. It was very swift and poetic in a way. I loved how she described everything with the thinkers and the government and she still found ways to surprise me and keep me guessing. The ending of the first book made me a little sad though. Possession is a great start to a series and I can’t wait to read Surrender. 
4.5/5 gavels

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25 Responses to “{Review+G!veaway} Possession by Elana Johnson”

  1. Cassy Wrage

    I’ve been looking at Possession for what seems like forever. Your review has pushed me over the edge, and if I don’t win it I’m going to buy it!

  2. Alyssa Susanna

    LOVED Possession. Not extremely unique, but it was pretty cool with the abilities. I actually borrowed a copy of Surrender from the library, and it’s sitting next to my bed right now. I should read it lol. Thanks for the post and giveaway!!!

  3. Christine

    I’ve been meaning to read this series for quite a while–it’s always looked amazing! Now I’m moving it up my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!! πŸ˜€

  4. Christy Maurer

    I love dystopian! The free thinker thing reminds me so much of this season of Fringe (which I adore!) Thinking for yourself is frowned upon in dystopian literature so much. It’s scary to think that it could be our future. Thanks for sharing the giveaway. My daughter read these and I’d love to as well!

  5. Jenea Whittington

    Great review.. I would really like to read this series, no such luck so far. My library has only one copy. πŸ™ It sounds sooo good too.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  6. Helena Ison

    I love dystopians also, I never heard of this series before thank you so much for your great review and the giveaway πŸ™‚ IT SOUNDS AWESOME!

  7. Hushed Paradox

    I’ve been in a reading slump lately but Possession sounds like the perfect book to pick me up from this slump. Since dystopians are so over-done now, sounds like this one is a good one.

    – Stella

  8. Kelly

    I’ve seen these covers around a lot, but I’ve never really taken the time to read what they were about! I had no idea Possession was a dystopian – and everything you described sounds like things I would enjoy. Great review Michelle!

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