Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blog Tour: Possession (Possession #1) by Elana Johnson

book cover of Possession by Elana Johnson

Title: Possession (Possession #1)
Author: Elana Johnson
Release date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 416
Source: Bookstore
Reading level: YA

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 has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time.  Ever since I first heard about it I wanted to read it but for some reason I kept putting it off.  When I was asked to be part of the Possession blog tour I jumped at the chance.  I’m so glad I finally got the chance to read Possession because it’s one fabulous dystopian that shouldn’t be missed.
Possession is unlike other dystopians in that it doesn’t focus nearly as much on the world as it does on the characters and in this case I really liked that.  There is enough detail about the world that I can picture it and I really felt that that was all I needed.  The story focuses more on Vi, Jag, Zenn, the Resistance, and the government.  It’s a very character oriented story and luckily the characters are pretty awesome.  Vi is independent, strong-willed, smart, and, my favorite thing about her, sarcastic.  She stands out in the Goodgrounds because of all these qualities.  She doesn’t follow rules and she just doesn’t care.  She cracked me up with her attitude yet she still managed to have a very sensitive side that made me sympathize with her. Jag seemed to pop up out of nowhere but I quickly came to love him.  He shared many qualities with Vi such as his sense of independence and his sarcasm.  He was definitely a bad boy but he also had a very sensitive side that he wasn’t afraid to show.  It made me love him all the more.  Zenn was more of a mystery to me and I still don’t quite know how I feel about him.  I want a deeper look at him and his motives before I truly decide whether I’m Team Jag or Team Zenn.
While I loved all the characters in Possession, the thing that truly kept me reading was the mystery.  There were so many things I didn’t know and I couldn’t stop reading until I figured them all out.  It was one mystery after another and while a few of them were a little predictable most of them I never saw coming.  I love a book that can surprise and Possession not only did that once but many times.  I was on the edge of my seat through the whole book.  This is definitely a book that you will want to set aside time to read because you won’t be able to stop once you get started.
Really I don’t have much bad to say about this book.  I would have liked a bit more information about the Greenies (as Vi calls them), the government and all the crazy people in charge of it, and maybe a little more history about how the Goodgrounds and Badlands came to be.  However, while I would have liked these things I don’t feel that they were necessary for the story and they are more just things I was curious about. 
Overall, I highly recommend Possession for dystopian fans.  I adored everything about it and I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the trilogy.  However, the wait for the final book just might kill me.  
Looking for more reviews of Possession?
Clean Teen Fiction’s review

You can find out more about Elana Johnson and her books these places around the web!

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16 Comments

  1. b10lovesbooks

    Possession sounds great, especially for students that love romance and are leery about shifting into science fiction. I have a few that liked the Matched series but stuttered to move beyond it. Thanks for the great suggestion, Katie!

  2. Candace

    YAY! I love this book (well, series) and I know that it’s not for everyone, but every good review puts a huge smile on my face! I’m SO excited for you to read Surrender and get more answers and understand the world a bit more. It’s awesome!
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop on this tour!

  3. Erica Clark

    Also the giveaway with the assortment of books looks really good! I have been waiting forever to finally read Starcrossed! Thanks for the giveaways! :)

  4. Brooke

    I’m so glad I found this tour in time! I’m interested in all of these books, especially Possession. I’m such a dystopian fan.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Christina Kit.

    This sounds a bit like Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy in that people can’t fall in love other than with their match and the main character thinks for herself and goes against the rules and there’s a bad boy who isn’t that bad.

    Is it very similar? Obviously the world can’t be the same or the reasons behind why it is the way it is. I’m hoping it’s just as good :)

    Lovely review :)

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