Book Review: Surrender

Book Review: SurrenderSurrender by Elana Johnson
Series: Possession #2
Published by Simon Pulse on June 5th 2012
Pages: 480

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque...

Review: Possession
* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series.
Read at your own risk *

Last year, I was completely blown away by Possession, book one of the Possession series. Like most first books, it had its fair share of issues. But with that cliffhanger ending I had to know more.

Unlike most sequels, Surrender is told from a completely alternative POV. When I first heard that Surrender was going to be all about different characters, I was not excited. It seemed like the book was going to go in a direction that would not answer the linger questions from book one. But… after reading the book, I think the changes all make sense.

Surrender introduces readers to Raine Hightower. You thought Violet's dad was a power hungry guy? Wait till you meet Van Hightower. This guy has nothing, and I mean nothing, on Thane Myers. Raine basically is a puppet for her father. Her power? Draining people of memories. Sound bad? It is. But Raine, unlike her father, hates her power. Hates everything that her city, Freedom, stands for. Raine realizes that in order for true freedom to exist, rebellion may be the only option.

Not surprisingly, Surrender took a bit for me to warm up to. Despite liking Gunner and Raine, I missed Violet and Jag. Do they have a decent role in Surrender? Absolutely. But as a reader who got so emotionally attached to the characters of Possession, I felt a bit cheated to have them reduced to such a small portion of the book. However, I do not feel that this is Johnson's intention. If I am guessing correctly, the next (final?) installment will hopefully bring all these characters together for one giant take down. But again, that is just a guess.

Final Verdict:
At this point, there are so many questions left unanswered. Will everything come together in book three? I do not know. But I am so invested in this series that I HAVE to find out. If you liked Possession, I suggest going into Surrender with an open mind. It is a bit different than what I am use to with sequel progression, but mixing it up is a sometimes a good thing.

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