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June 24, 2012

Review: Possession by Elana Johnson - Farah

Title: Possession
Author: Elana Johnson 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Publication Date: June 7th, 2011
Genre(s): Young Adult (Sci-Fi/Dystopian)
Challenges: Debut, A-Z
Source: Bough
Format: E-book
Pages: 416
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.
When I got an ARC of Surrender, I'm like shoot, I didn't read the first book yet. I have seen this book in many other blogs before, but because of its simple cover, I didn't know what to think of it. I never gave it much thought, which led to never picking it up either. This was like a message from heavan. How can I have not picked up this book earlier? Because I loved it more than I expected it to be. Vi, the main protagonist, is my favorite female lead till now. I just loved her so much! Her characteristic was so strong and powerful, and oh the sarcasim. I loved it all. The book starts off in a very creative dystopian world, the "goodlands", where girls are not allowed to touch boys. Vi does the following rebellious act with her future match, Zenn. While the Thinkers think they have brainwashed everyone, Vi does not seem to agree. 
Vi was all about doing what her heart tells her to do. I loved her strong will, and her determination to let no Thinkers brainwash her. When Vi is taken away for the 7th rebellious act she has done, she is sent to "prison". There, she meets Jag Barque. While Vi is confused they put her in the same cell with Jag, she is slightly glad. Jag is definitely an amazing "bad" boy. He's from the badlands, the place where all the "bad" people reside. Both Vi and Jag have crazy hair, and that's where their interests meet. Im not going to say what happens, but I loved the flow of the story Elana created. It was not love at first sight, and not the very fast crush that most YA novels tend to have. It was thoroughly planned, and it was all filled with excitement as well. I loved the characters, and let me tell you, this book shocked me till the end! Even the last page had my mouth gaping. I should really say how much I loved the dystopian world Elana created. It really made me think that it might actually happen later on. It felt realistic to me as well. That it was actually possible. Apart from that, the book kept it's stand till the last page of the book. I have to say it was a shocking ending, and I just want to get my hands on the next book.
I don't know why I didn't start this book before. Every page was action packed and full of fun. At some points, all the new tech was hard to understand, but I still loved it. If you are a dystopian, Sci-Fi fan, I highly recommend "Possession". I have to say the ending didn't feel like an ending at all to me, but that's what makes you want to pounce on the next book! I can't wait to see what Vi and Jag have more for me in the next book, "Surrender".
4.5 musical notes


  1. Gah! I'd really like to read this series but I just COULDN'T find Possession in any of my nearest bookstores. Your review totally made me want to read it more. And I really love a strong character too. Awesome review! :D

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books

  2. I've seen this book around the blogosphere too, but I wasn't sure what to make of it. It seems a little like Matched, but not as light, maybe?

    But great review! I might give it a try.

  3. I also liked Possession. I just read Surrender and I should warn you that there are two new narrators (Raine and Gunner). Although Vi and Jag are in the book. Even though it sounds bad that Vi is not the narrator, I think you will like it. Surrender was really good!

  4. I really enjoyed this one. It was really refreshing, if frustrating at the same time. I can't wait to read Surrender. I love companion novels!!

  5. Possession is definitely going to be on the top of my TBR list now haha :)

  6. I can't believe you hadn't read this one yet! I read it last summer and loved it. Hope you enjoy Surrender! Can't wait to hear how it is =)

  7. oh I really need to get this one! I'm sold