Book Review: Possession by Elana Johnson



Author: Elana Johnson


Publisher: Simon Pulse


Pages: 405



Possession (Possession, #1)


Summary: 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.


REVIEW: I read this and the sequel, Surrender, in about 24 hours. Yes, I read through the night! I enjoyed Possession and wanted to know what happened next RIGHT NOW, so I just picked up Surrender and stayed up all night. After I read both books, I didn’t anything to interfere with the afterglow of reading this book. I didn’t want to delve into any other book for a couple of days.

I didn’t know anything about the story before reading it, so I had no preconceived notions or expectations.

Elana Johnson has written a fast-paced, delicious read, although not without problems in world-building. She throws the reader into her world without much explaining. The reasons why society has come to be the way it is isn’t fully explained except to say that something happened that necessitated a group of people to think for the population; however, this lack of explanation didn’t matter as much to me. What mattered is how they would fix the world which is clearly broken.

I love, love, love Jag. This guy isn’t afraid to show his emotions and he’s so self-assured. I liked how he balanced Vi.

I neither loved nor hated Zenn. He seems so one-dimensional to me. There’s more to him in the second book, but I wish we’d known a little more of him in this one.

Vi seems like an average teen. At times, she’s strong and smart, but she’s swayed by her emotions and doesn’t always make the right choice. She’s headstrong and impulsive (that’s what got her in trouble in the first place, right?)

The love triangle: While I loved reading about how Vi falls for Jag, I did have a bit of a problem with the insta-love. So if Vi in so in love with Zenn, why is it so easy for her to fall for Jag in a matter of days? After finding out that both boys have the vocal talent, I’m wondering if her feelings weren’t manufactured. But, I liked her with Jag better than her with Zenn.

The ending was a shock to me but perfectly understood in light of the sequel. Thank goodness I came to this series after book two had already been written, or I would have been extremely despondent at this ending.


My rating (out of 5 stars ala Goodreads): 4 out of 5


After writing my own views, I went back to Goodreads and read other people’s reviews, and had I read their reviews before reading Possession, I would have missed out on a good story.


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