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Review: Possession by Elana Johnson

Possession by Elana Johnson

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.


Possession is a thoughtful novel set in a world not unlike our own but in the near future. Technology has been developed to be used as a way to monitor and control the general population into near slavery.

The story follows the story of Vi. Vi is a good girl who does bad things like walks in the park with boys even though she is told not to. The story kicks off when she is once again arrested and put into a cell and meets Jag.

The thing I liked most about this story is the volatile relationship between Vi and Jag. They spark off each other, fight like cat and dog but also make an awesome team. I liked seeing how Vi was so drawn to Jag even though she shouldn't have been but also seeing how at times she stood on her own two feet and did things herself.

The plot has several twists and turns along the way which were definitely entertaining and added to the complexity of the story and the pace all the way through was break neck meaning it ended up being a very fast read.

The only thing I would say against it is I did get the feeling whilst reading it that I read the story before. There were lots of ideas taken from other books and used in the slightly different way and while I'm loathed to say it I'm starting to get the feeling that dystopian fiction has had its day.

By the time I had finished the book I was left with the feeling that there was lots more story left to tell and that the author had only just started to set up the story. I imagine the story as a whole will have many more twists and turns left to throw at the reader.


serendipity_viv said…
I am not keen on books that seem to leave so much unsaid! I want my book to finish leaving me satisfied the story has been told.
KelliumSims said…
I started to think that dystopia had had its day a few months ago after reading dystopian after dystopian. I think the problem is that they're all too much the same in short :-/ I'm still hoping we get a few more good ones out before they go the way of vampires.
I really love the cover of this book. It sounds as though it could be interesting but you're right, there's so many dystopian books out there at the moment and they all need to work really hard to be different and original. Shame this one didn't feel like that to you.