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Possession by Elana Johnson

August 15th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication Date: June 11, 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.

So I wanted to love this book because it sounded amazing but it was kind of slow moving and left me feeling confused.  Vi and Jag both intrigued me especially when you find out why the two of them are so special but for some reason that I can’t put my finger on I just did not care for the two of them together.  Even with seeing so little of Zenn I am already leaning towards him even though I know in the end Jag and Vi will end up together.   Zenn is the one that kept me guessing about where his true feelings and loyalty lay and what are actions that he chooses to carry out vs what he is brain washed into doing.   Despite knowing why Jag is a part of the rebellion his character comes across more of being a rebel because he’s pissed off that people he loved were killed by the Thinkers vs Zenn fighting against the Thinkers because he thinks that is what is right.

The powers that Vi, Jag and Zenn all possess was a neat twist but I found it hard to believe that Vi had no clue about it before joining up with Jag.  And once she did figure it out it just seemed to come so easily and at full power and full control that it just doesn’t seem real.  In fact, the whole ending of the book moved so fast I felt like my head was spinning.  It was like crawling at a snail’s pace through most of the book and then all of a sudden revving up to a full blown sprint to the conclusion.  One thing after another is revealed and it all felt jumbled together that I was not quite sure how they fit together.

The main reason I rated this book a 3 instead of a 2 is that I’m hoping book 1 was a little slow and confusing because the author is trying to do a lot of set up and the next book will be better.  I still find the idea fascinating and I really want to learn more about Zenn and what happened to Vi’s father.  The sequel will definitely be the make or break book for my decision on whether or not to keep reading the series.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

5 Responses

  1. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Ah, I’m about to start this. I’m sorry it didn’t quite work for you. Hoping it gets better with the second!

  2. LunaMoth

    I just got this one today, i think ill wait a bit before i read it now.

  3. Kailana

    I hate when I am excited about a book and it doesn’t meet expectations!

  4. Michelle

    We’re on the same wavelength! My review of this book will post this week as well. I didn’t love this one but didn’t dislike it as much as I’ve seen others express.

  5. Debbie's World of Books

    Pam-I will be interested to see what you think.
    LunaMoth-sorry to push it down your list. Hopefully you enjoy it more than I did.
    Kailana-I know, such a let down. But still has potential for the next book.
    Michelle-yeah, I didn’t love it but it has potential so I’ll reserve final judgment.

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