Review: Possession by Elana Johnson

Possession“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.”

I’ve made it no secret dystopia is my favorite genre. I’ve been wanting to read Possession for awhile now and just hadn’t made the time. First I want to say I loved it. It wasn’t as depressing as most books in the genre, but it makes you think and wonder what you’d do.

At times I *seriously* wanted to slap or scream at the characters. (Or perhaps beat them over the head with a brick) They made such stupid choices and seemed to fight about everything. Each character had some major faults, some more than others, but for the most part they really did think their choices and actions were good, so it’s kind of hard to stay mad at them. Personally, I prefer books in which I want to yell at the characters and I know many of you do too.

I did get pretty confused at times, I’m not sure if it was the formatting of the ebook I was reading or the story in general though. There were a few scenes in which I had to go back a few pages and read the entire scene over in hopes of getting what Vi was thinking or talking about.  For the most part I was able to understand it.

It was a very fun debut book and I can’t wait to read more from Elana Johnson. Possession is to be released on 6/7, so you have just a few days left!

I received my free e-galley from Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program.

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