Possession by Elana Johnson

I know I don't usually post on Saturdays and Sundays, but this week has been the exception. Armchair BEA starts on Monday, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to get any reviews in then (although I have plenty to post). As a result, I'm posting this review today. Enjoy!

Possession by (Utah author) Elana Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: eGalley (courtesy of GalleyGrab)
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication Date: 6.7.2011
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.

I may be able to sum this book up simply by saying that I stayed up all night to read it. Literally. It was three hours left until I was scheduled to work, and I was just finishing up the last pages. Call it irresponsible, call it fun, call it whatever you want; I had the reading fever, and I could not put this book down.

Possession is somewhat similar to a lot of other YA Dystopias out there; one girl who tries to go against the the evil government, who doesn't know exactly how big and evil, and powerful, it really is. There is a love story, characters on the run, and lots of high-tech gadgetry goodness. So what was so catchy? The completely unpredictable characters.

Elana Johnson did such a great job in making her characters unpredictable. The main character is a rebellious teen who knows quite a bit about sneaking around. She is witty and fast thinking, and often says or does things that surprise. She narrates the story, bringing a fresh voice to the mix. The love interest seems sketchy sometimes, and doesn't fawn over the main character like most love interests in books do nowadays, although it is obvious they have a connection. He keeps you guessing at his real intentions, and I found I really liked that. Both characters say and do things that are completely normal and expected, and then say or do something that makes you question their motives. And just when you think you know who all the players are, the game changes. Unpredictable goodness!

There were some things that didn't work for me, though; a few inconsistencies in the story, a few details that should have been explained, and one part at the end was a little confusing to read. There were also whole amounts of time that seemed to pass between paragraphs at random times in the story, without a line break, or any other indication that the time had passed. Sometimes it would take a few sentences before I realized what was going on, after being utterly confused as to what had just happened. Not extremely huge problems, but it was just enough to make me think: "remember to put that in the review," every time it happened. And honestly, I read an unfinished eGalley, so these could all be things that are fixed before the book is printed.

Other than that, Possession is a fantastic read. It kept me entertained (up all night), and on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next. The plot is made fresh by the unique skills of the characters. The love triangle is actually a compliment to the story, and propels it forward in a lot of places. And finally, the ending leaves you at such a cliffhanger, it's hard to keep yourself from crying out.

P.S. Can I just take a moment to gloat that for once, I fell for the "right" side of the love triangle? *Swoony dance* This doesn't happen often, people!

Read Possession!

Read this if:
...you want a dystopia with a fresh voice, unique characters, and twists that keep you guessing.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Mild swearing and a few make out scenes.}


  1. I added a link to your review at my Saturday Review of Books ( http://www.semicolonblog.com ). You're welcome to come take a look and add a link any Saturday.

  2. I just finished reading this today and I completely agree with the story jumping and the inconsistencies. Also, this books feels like a really good mix of delirium, matched, and the uglies series.

    I super loved Vi and Jag, like it was the reason I could not put the book down. And the ending.... WHAT?? there has to be a sequel right??

  3. It really sounds interesting. I might have to take a look. Love the review!

  4. Sherry:

    Yani: Yes, Vi and Jag = *swoon!* And I'm so with you on the ending. I NEED a sequel!!

    Alexis: I hope you do! :)

  5. Sherry: I have no idea what happened above, but I meant to say thank you for adding my link! I'm on my way to check it out. :)


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