Thursday, July 28, 2011

ARC Review: Possession

Possession by Elana Johnson
Release Date: June 07, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publishing
Pages: 416, Hardcover
Young Adult
Source: Simon & Schuster Galley Grab
Overall: Fabulous!
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Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even thinkabout 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.

My Thoughts:

In a time where the land is split into territories, those that are for the good, the Goodgrounds and those that are for the bad, the Badlands.  The separation of people isn't the only disconcerting aspect of this book, the fact that Thinkers do your thinking for you leaving the government one hundred percent in control is probably even more scary to think about.

Vi, is our spunky protagonist which find herself split in more than one way.  A part of her wants to succumb to the thinkers and the other half of her wants to beat them, to not be drawn in by them, and live her life how she desires.  Her story is less than   Zenn, Vi's less-than-spunky Goodie boyfriend, which she is promised to, is on the special forces and while he understands Vi and roots for her, has completely given him over to the Thinkers letting them control his every thought and action even when he fights them.  Then there is Jag, a Baddie with a fitting name, is the guy who helps Vi learn who she is, come into her own powers, and leads her on a journey she would have never went on had she not been caught, had she not found herself drawn to the boy who had an obsession with hair, and had she not surrendered her 'thinker-free' emotion over to him.

Elana Johnson did a fabulous job of bringing a unique, and quite unsettling.  She brought this world to life and the characters in it.  The mix of special abilities and technology make this book a great mixture of everything good in a dystopian novel.


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