Monday, June 6, 2011

Review: Possession by Elana Johnson

by Elana Johnson
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781442417618
Source: e-ARC

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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. - Goodreads

Possession is a new novel in the dystopian genre by debut author Elana Johnson. I really love this genre, and was thrilled when this book was released for review.

The main character, Vi, is awesome. She’s strong and very likable. She doesn’t want to be like the others, and she thinks for herself. She’s not easily swayed at all, until she meets the Jag. Jag is another character I like. Their relationship was a bit fast paced, but believable considering what they went through. I like all the secondary characters as well. Even the bad guys were interesting.

Although the beginning was a bit slow, the second half of the book was very fast paced, and I flew through it. I read this book in a day. There are a couple of confusing parts in the book, I found myself getting lost more than once. It was hard to keep up with who did what, went where, with who and why, etc. The plot was really interesting though, I like where the author went with the story.

Overall, this was a good read for me. I’ll definitely be checking out the next book in the series, so I can see what happens next.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster’s Galley Grab for allowing us to read and review this book.


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I was really looking forward to this, but just never got into the story.

  2. Sounds like a pretty cool book. I realize I've actually never read dystopia lol.

  3. Awesome review !! I love dystopian novels and I really look forward to read this one .. I hope I'll enjoy it as much as you did !!

  4. I've just received this book in the post this morning. I've had it pre-ordered for ages. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for mentioning that it was pretty slow at the beginning. At least I know it gets better!

  5. Great review! I really loved this one too and was it just me or was Jag totally hot???

  6. Great review! However, I read on Elana's blog this week that, while there are plans a companion novel set in the same world but with different characters, there's not sequel in the works. Personally, I wasn't at all satisfied by the ending and, in hearing that there's not a sequel planned to tie up what I considered loose ends, I'm not sure how I feel about it all now! *sadness*
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  7. I feel exactly the same way! The first half of the book was pretty slow, but the second half I finished in one day!!

    I reviewed this today too!

  8. Great review. I agree that the second half was much better than the first. I seen this reviewed on so many blogs today.

  9. Great review! This was pretty confusing, but all and all I liked this one too. Jag was just a total hottie, and Violet was so loveable!

  10. I really like the sound of this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  11. Possession reviews are running ramped today. And they all seem to agree about the slow start and fast ending. Makes me feel okay for putting it on the backburner. ;)

  12. I can't wait to read Possession! Great review, hun! <3

  13. oh, and I'm adding your button to my Fav Bloggers sidebar =)

  14. I wanted to love this story but the characters weren't consistent enough. I agree, though, that in places you could see where the story really shined through. And that ending - boy!

  15. Thank you so much for posting this review! I was sooo unsure whether to get a copy of this novel or not, but now I'll definitely order one. :) Thanks!


  16. I can't wait to read this!!


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