Book Review: Surrender by Elana Johnson

Author: Elana Johnson

surrenderPublisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 469


Surrender: A Possession Novel


Summary: Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque.


Review:  I read Surrender immediately after reading Possession. Originally, I found this book at the library and checked it out, thinking I’d read it before reading Possession, but in the end, I couldn’t bring myself to read the sequel without reading the first book, so I took it back to the library and waited until I saw both books were available. I’m glad I did because I may not have liked Vi, Zenn, and Jag as much or know why they were so important if I’d them out of order.

Having just left Vi in such a sad state at the end of Possession, I was eager to find out how Elana Johnson got her back to herself, so I was a little disappointed that she wasn’t prominently featured in Surrender until halfway through the book. However, I decided to just go with it, and to my delight, I fell in love with the two new characters introduced, Raine and Gunner.

I enjoyed the alternating points of view, something with Possession could have used.

Characters we thought were bad are actually good. The bad ones are worse. The action continues to be non-stop, and I feel sorry for Zenn.

The book ends in a mirror image of Possession, which will disappoint many, but it allows for a rescue in the final book.


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.


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