Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review: Possession by Elana Johnson

Title: Possession
Series: Possession Series 
Book #: One
Author: Elana Johnson
Release Date: July 7, 2011
Source: Local Library  

My Rating: fullfullBlankBlankBlank
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. (taken from
No one loves dystopian literature more than me. Seriously, I can't get enough of it. However, it's becoming more and more difficult for me to find truly amazing post-apocalyptic novels. Ever since the craze instigated by The Hunger Games and its skyrocket to fame, futuristic novels set in tyrannical or military controlled societies are all the rage. Unfortunately, Possession struck me as one of the least original and dullest dystopians published recently.

As I began reading Possession, I became increasingly confused. New terminology is throw at the readers from page one and onward. I had a hard time trying to pay attention to the story and understand what was actually occurring. This trend continued throughout the novel. Then came the "plot twists," which just confused me even more and left me feeling skeptical. I laughed out loud at some of the supposed shockers. Sorry, but this story just wasn't for me. 

Another popular subject in young adult literature is the strong heroine. Don't get me wrong, I adore BA female characters as much as the next girl, but there is such a thing as overkill. I felt that Violet was a little over-the-top. Instead of coming across as confident, she often seems ignorant and careless. Her immaturity annoyed me, and I found myself telling her to shut the heck up and think about her actions. Other than her occasional witty comeback, I really didn't enjoy Vi's personality. 

Now, despite all of my negative comments, there were a few aspects of Possession that I genuinely enjoyed. The story itself had awesome potential. It was simply the execution that bothered me (the writing, explanations, etc.). It was disappointing to see a story that could have been so intense and downright amazing become boring and confusing. 

Overall, I probably wouldn't recommend Possession simply because there are better dystopian novels out there. If you're looking for a book with a similar story, there are half a dozen other novels that will probably please you more. 

“As much as I didn't want to, I had to read Jag's note. I pulled it out of my back pocket. His handwriting still made my breath catch, but when I opened it, I wanted to cry.

The paper contained two words: Fly, babe.

I shredded it into little pieces. Fly? The stupid boy wanted me to fly? I'd fly off the handle when I caught up to him. Then he'd see me fly.”