Possession by Elana Johnson
Possession by Elana Johnson
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
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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.
While I had fun reading this story, I’m not exactly sure how I feel about it.
Let’s talk a little bit about the characters first. Vi. She is a kick-ass heroine. I’ll give her that much, and I liked her, it was fun reading from her point of view. But does she have to get mad. At. Everything!? I felt like she was pissed off the entire novel. Pissed off or crying, it was one or the other, I needed to see something more from her. It was hard to get to know any of the other characters. Although we spend most of our time with Jag, I never felt like I knew him, and their (Vi & Jag’s) relationship seemed rushed and unnatural. Zenn we see from a far and in memories…. but what is his appeal? The pieces were there, they just didn’t come together as seamlessly as I was hoping. I wanted these characters to give me a lasting impression!
The plot was very fast paced… and I like that. However, I found myself a little confused at times.. flipping back a page and rereading a paragraph trying to discern what had just happened to get the characters in their current situation.
The world was very interesting. It was probably one of my favorite aspects of the novel, yet I feel as though it needed to be a little more developed. Which may have been a direct result of the fast pacing?That being said, Johnson writing style easily introduces readers to this world and it’s gadgets. It was that writing style that kept me turning the pages. (And the story too.. because when it all came down to it. I REALLY wanted to know what was going to happen.)
And the ending. That was one heck of an ending. Now that made a lasting impression.
That ending and the story itself… will keep me in anticipation for book two.