Book Review: Possession by Elana Johnson

Details: Hardcover, 416 pgs.
Published: June 7th, 2011 by Simon & Schuster
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Review from Amazon Vine


Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even thinkabout 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.

This is a book that leaves you reeling.  That has you screaming WHAT?!  And really crawls under your skin.  It inspires you to write the review RIGHT THE HECK NOW.  It drives you crazy.  It makes you think.  It frustrates you.  It’s so frustrating and awesome and annoying that it’s unbelievably good!  It doesn’t make sense how something that pisses you off so much is so amazing.  But it really inspired those emotions, so that’s a good thing.

This book is constant action.  I found it impossible to put down.  It was always moving from here to there escaping to one place or another and in constant danger.  Which has you anxious to see and make sure that it all works out.   There are some down times when they sleep but really, your still wondering and anxious for more.  The chapters are also really short so I kept saying just one more chapter but since it only took me 3 minutes I push myself for one more, and then just one more and well, next thing I know I’m halfway through the book (and my kids are screaming for food, oops).  It was seriously hard to tear my eyes away from the page.

The characters are fascinating.  Vi is very kick butt and having grown up the way she did it was really surprising how much sass she had stored in her.  I guess that’s just it, it was all stored up!  She was incredibly  brave and determined.  She had ridiculously hard decisions to make but it was always pretty clear that she knew what the right ones were.  I didn’t have to scream at her for making the wrong ones anyway 😉  

Jag.  OMG.  Jag.  He made my heart pitter patter.  But then he ended up ripping it to shreds a time or two.  And because of some of his actions, even though I loved him, I just didn’t always get it.  Sometimes there were reasons that made sense, but in the beginning one of his decisions made me angry enough I had a hard time forgiving him.  But yet, pitter patter my heart still went.  His easy laughter, his ease, his smile.  Pitter patter…

This world is tech heavy.  There were crazy inventions and weird things they could do.  It was dystopia but with a strong sci fi side and paranormal elements thrown in.  It was definitely interesting but I found myself confused more then once.  Actually the whole thing was such a crazy whirlwind that half the time I wasn’t sure I knew what was going on.  You’d think that would be a major downside, but really it didn’t bother me that terribly much.  

When I first started reading the book I was thinking how weird it was.  It had a weird tone, weird characters, weird world.  It was all just so strange.  And I was just sure that those would be the first words I’d use in my review.  Weird and strange.  But that was before I read the end.  Which blew my mind.  Not really in a good way.  But yet… it worked.  Kind of.  I’m frustrated, but yet satisfied.  Make sense?  No, I know it doesn’t.  I do know this, any book that affects me this strongly is definitely good. I truly am VERY anxious for the next book, which is a companion but promises answers.  Well, I need some freaking answers!  So I want that book NOW.

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  1. Wow. Sounds like quite the book! I’m not sure if I want to read it or not! Maybe I should wait until the next book comes out so I can get the answers right away… Very entertaining review. :)

  2. I really want to read this book. I love your review your confused but you love it…. awesome :)
    Love your blog too. Im going to have to add you to my fav blog bar so I can check you out everyday :)

  3. Awesome review! It makes me want to go pick up this book right now. I love dystopian books and this one sounds great. Thanks for the review. :)

  4. I wrote my review for this on Wednesday…my very negative review…I just didn’t like it. I think it was probably more my problem and not the book’s, especially after reading this review. I’m happy you loved it!!

  5. Wow, wow, wow! You’ve just made me go from kind of wanting to read this book, to really wanting to read this book.

    I love dystopians and I’m cool with a little sci-fi here and there, and weird has never turned me off before, so I think Possession and I could mingle very well. I’m very interested too, about everything in this book. It’s going on my wishlist and I’ll try to pick it up soon – along with the billion other books I want. Fantastic review!

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