Thursday, April 28, 2011

Possession by Elana Johnson

Simon and Schuster provided the eGalley for this novel for free. This in no way influenced my review of the book.

Back of the Book: 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.

My Take: If you're looking for a dystopian adventure with a fresh voice, look no further. Can I just say: You've got to get your hands on this book and READ IT! Check out my right column for the countdown to its debut.

In a setting similar to Suzanne Colllins' Hunger Games, Violet Schoenfeld must discover why 'The Association' wants her when it has killed or altered everyone she loves. With the help of the very appealing Jag Barque, she manages to stay one step ahead discovering things about the world she lives in, herself, her family, and Jag. Pleasant and unpleasant things. In the end, she must choose, control or be controlled. What will she do to protect the people she loves? What would you do?

With lots of twists and turns in this story, I had a difficult time putting this book down. When I did manage to tear myself away, all I could think about were the characters and what was happening. (And now that I'm finished, it's still playing in my head...) It was easy to become immersed in Vi's world and I think Elana did a fantastic job creating believable characters, an interesting world and realistic gadgets - things you would really like to get your hands on and things you're really glad are not invented (mechs).

A delicious read clear to the end. Check out the official Possession website and pre-order your copy at AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-millionBook DepositoryBorders, or IndieBound.

Elana is an amazing writer, teacher, and mentor. Find out more about her at her website.


  1. I've got this on my Amazon wish list, and am really looking forward to it. I really liked the Hunger Games series, as well as Matched, and am just finished the Uglies trilogy, so I guess that puts me in the "dystopian-fan-zone." Great review, Peggy. I hope the book is a mega-hit. Elana is very cool.

  2. AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! I want to read this sooooo bad. Thank you for the great review, even though it made me even more eager to read it. :).

  3. This is a great review. It sounds very interesting, and now it's going to have to be on my "to read" list.

  4. I can't wait to read it! That's so awesome you were able to already!

    Love your new blog banner photo!

  5. Thanks for your comments. Can I say again, you've got to read this book.

  6. Ditto on the review and the banner photo. Thanks for the review for those of us who are waiting!!!

  7. You lucky person getting to read this early. I am glad it is so good. What Elana said about it at the conference caught my interest as I devoured Hunger Games trilogy. I loved your review. It told me what I wanted to know without any hints at spoilers.


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