Book Review: Possession

Book Review: PossessionPossession by Elana Johnson
Series: Possession #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books on June 7th 2011
Pages: 416

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.

Violet (Vi) lives in a world where you are either good or bad in the eyes of the society. The Goods are separate from each other. They do as they are told, do not ask questions. This allows them to live comfortably in a society full of technological advances. The Bads live in a society which almost mirrors our current society. They live for the here and now. Vi stands at the divide. She is neither a Good or Bad. Basically, all she wants is freedom. To do what she wants, with whom ever she wants.
As a whole, I liked Vi. She was sassy with a little innocence thrown in. She can take the lead or just stand in the background. But I hated her insecurities. One second she is strong and the next, completely unsure of herself. And the sad part is, this goes on for the whole novel. Towards the middle of the book, I found myself yelling at her to just pick a personality already.
Just when I thought Vi's personality was a problem, the romance got thrown in. Zenn or Jag. Possession tended to revolve around this whole idea. Who is the right "man" for Vi? If I had to pick right now, my vote is for Zenn. Although, there is a lot I do not know yet about him. There is something about him that has my interest piqued.
It is clear from reading Possession that Johnson had a vision for Vi's society when she wrote it. As I read it, I got the feeling that she attempted to put this vision in the novel, but hit a snag somewhere in the process. It is almost like looking at something far away that looks one way, then getting up close and the image changes. This is how the society felt. At a distance, the society made sense. I understood who stood for what. How x and y worked. As the novel progressed, everything almost became blurred. I went from feeling almost a complete understanding to not sure if I ever understood it.
Don't get me wrong. Do I think that Possession had its problems? Absolutely (including some very choppy changing POV dream sequences). However, I think that every first book in a series has some. But none of them were big enough that I ever thought about putting the book down. In all honesty, the conflicting feelings probably made me want to read it more. Johnson created a dystopian read that made me think. And from the society to an almost paranormal twist, this book had me on the edge of my seat. Not to mention a certain twist of an ending that completely had me floored.
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3 responses to “Book Review: Possession

  1. I keep running across this at the book store and I never really feel compelled to pick it up despite the awesome cover. It looks like it’s an interesting plot line, though, and I think, after reading your review, I’m more inclined to pick it up, now. Yay for Saturday book shopping!

  2. Thanks for giving us an honest review. I think I’m still on the fence about this one. The premise sounds fascinating, but I’m not a fan of wishy-washy characters, and nothing makes me put down a book faster than poor POV transitions. So, I guess I’ll have to think about this one a bit more before deciding to pick up a copy. Thanks again for the review!


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