Mini-Review: Possession by Elana Johnson
Monday November 19, 2012 at 3:00 am |

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: June 7, 2011
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 405
Form: Hardback
Series: Possession (1)
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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 brainwashed 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

Just…no.  I was looking forward to this book and was overwhelmingly disappointed.  For the most part I still have no idea what the book was about, and I actually FINISHED reading it!  There is absolutely NO world building.  The only reason I kept reading was because I was convinced the author would eventually have to explain the world she created in detail.  I kept flipping, rolling my eyes, waiting…flipping, rolling my eyes, waiting.  It was only when I got towards the end that I realized there would be no information about the world, why Vi’s powers matter, nothing.

The characters are awful.  Vi is in love with her childhood friend and match Zenn.  While on a forbidden date with him she gets arrested and thrown in a cell with Jag Barque.  In the span of two days, she is hopelessly in love with Jag.  Ummmm, for real tho?  So Zenn is just kicked to the curb now?  And don’t get me started on Jag.  He’s a lying, manipulative crybaby.  He bursts into tears at the most random moments, constantly lies, is always angry with Vi for the dumbest things, and storms off and leaves her on more than one occasion.  And once they make up, wash, rinse, and repeat…they do the same thing all over again.  The dialogue is awful, and nothing makes any sense, nor is anything ever explained.

I honestly wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.  I’m actually surprised I managed to read it all the way through.

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10 Responses to “Mini-Review: Possession by Elana Johnson”

  1. Oh yes, this one sounds like Matched. I’m glad that I didn’t find myself reading/listening to this one. Never fear, I can recommend a couple of really good dystopia reads for you. I think I enjoy them better when they don’t focus entirely on the romance. It seems forced. The lack of world building sucks too. I’m sorry this read was so disappointing. I’m hoping you’ve already found an amazing read to disappear into.

    • Jade says:

      I heard that the two were similar in concept. Which is sad because I think I wanted to try Matched. I doubt I’ll be getting to that anytime soon now. I really couldn’t believe how awful this was. What I also can’t believe is the many glowing reviews for it. I’m convinced some people are lying.

  2. Bummer. Thanks for the honesty though.

  3. Molli says:

    I have zero interest in this book. Although I’ve heard good things about the series, it doesn’t appeal to me AT ALL. So your thoughts on it line up with about what I’d expect if I read it. And REALLY re: the love interest? How callous can someone be? Ugh. I likely won’t be reading this one. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it, girl!

  4. I haven’t read this one. I read some early reviews that gave me the impression that this one wasn’t really worth the time. The more I hear about it, the more glad I am that I never picked it up. I hope your next read is better.

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