Title: Possession (Possession #1)
Author: Elana Johnson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 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.
When Elana Johnson's Possession came out last year it had caught my attention but after hearing mixed reviews I didn't end up picking it up. Then I received a copy of the sequel for review and I decided it was time to give it a chance. I'm glad I decided to finally read Possession and it ended up taking me by surprise.
Knowing the Rules has never stopped Vi from breaking them, especially when she's with Zenn. But the Thinkers are determined to help Vi change her ways and become one of them. To get to Vi, the Thinkers go through Zenn, knowing that Vi won't leave him behind. But somewhere along the way, Vi meets Jag Barque. As infuriating as Jag is, he is also incredibly charismatic and Vi has a difficult time resisting him. ANd the more time she spends with him, the more Vi starts to think that with Jag, she could leave everything she knows behind.
While at first Possession had caught my attention, after seeing mixe reviews for it, I ended up not picking it up. But then I received a copy of the sequel for review and I decided it was time to give it a chance. And though Possession had a few minor shortcomings, I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I thought i would. I quickly found myself being drawn in to the world that Elana Johnson created and it wasn't too long before I believe it was real. My only concern was that at times I was given information without really knowing where it was coming from. But other than that, Possession was a really great story and Elana Johnson quickly made me believe in it.
Right away I loved Vi. There's nothing I love more than a character that doesn't let anyone control them. That's exactly who Vi was. She wasn't afraid to defy the authorities if it meant that she got to be herself and help those she cares about. Though sometimes that didn't always put her in the best situations, especially where Zenn and Jag were concerned. What was interesting with the two boys is that they were so alike but so different at the same time. And you know they have a history together but never really find out what it is. And for me that just added to the feeling that I never fully knew what was going on with either of them. The only thing I knew for sure was they both wanted what was best for Vi though they didn't always agree on what that was.
I'm glad I finally decided to give Elana Johnson's Possession a chance. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did and that took me by surprise. It was a fantastic dystopian story and by the time I finished reading, I was excited to see where the story would go in Surrender, the sequel.