Author: Elana Johnson
Genre: Teen, dystopian, science fiction
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN-13 Book: 9781442421257
Disclosure: I received a copy of the e-book from the author and CBB Book Promotions for review. This is my honest review!
Possession by Elana Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the Good Grounds, even touching a boy you are intended to marry is against the law, and when Vi is caught with her future intended Zenn breaking those rules she is incarcerated. But the Thinkers who control her society by brainwashing the population have special plans for Vi. Vi is a free thinker, someone who can’t easily be controlled, now they want her to become one of them. Vi doesn’t want to control people, but she is not sure about joining the handsome Jag in rebellion against the Thinkers either. Vi has to choose between saving Zenn who is being brainwashed, or saving herself.
Let me start off by saying that I love dystopian stories, and this one was an interesting one. There was danger, adventure, and an uber controlling society—everything that makes dystopian novels so interesting.
I loved Vi’s character, and you sympathize with her as she is incarcerated for such an innocent offense. You know she doesn’t deserve the punishment she is getting and you long for her to be free. Jag was enigmatic, and charismatic. I loved Jag. I wish he would have come out and told Vi more, but he definitely kept things interesting.
One thing I wish I the book went into more detail about was the details surrounding how their society became the way it did. You do get some explanation, but I would have loved to know more—maybe that is something I will find in the sequel. It was also frustrating at times, not understanding exactly what was going on because the action was too fast.
Overall, this book was a fun read. It hooked me right away, and left me wanting more at the end. Will I read the sequel? I think so—I really want to know what will happen to Vi next, and I hope that the sequel will fill in more of the blanks.
The sequel Surrender came out in hardcover on June 5, 2012.
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About The Author:
Elana Johnson’s work, including Possession, Surrender, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist. School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.
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