Possession by Elana Johnson

Elana Johnson Possession

416 pp.  Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster) 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4424-2125-7

Release Date: June 7, 2011

Source: Received ARC from the publisher

Summary (From the author’s website): 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.

Dystopian stories have become a big hit in the the world of YA, so I was really excited to receive Possession.  The cover is gorgeous and made me want to delve into the story that much more.

Vi’s story had me hooked at the beginning.  I was intrigued by her rebelliousness.  Why is she not listening to the messages anymore?  Why is it so bad that she’s walking alone at night with a guy?  Why are people matched in the future?  Getting the answers to these questions kept me turning the pages.

The only problem I had while reading Possession was that I often became confused.  New plot elements were introduced or mentioned without any real explanation.  It was about half way through the book that I found myself re-reading pages trying to figure out what I missed.  I also had a hard time picturing Vi’s world.  I’m not sure what could be done exactly, but it’d be nice if the world was built a little more.  The lack of these details is what caused me the most trouble and slowed the reading down.

The story itself is enjoyable and one that I predict teens will love.  Even though I hit some road blocks while reading Possession, they won’t keep me from reading more of Elana Johnson’s books.

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