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3.8 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Possession Series

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"Possession held me completely captivated from beginning to end. And what an end! I fell in love with the characters and had countless moments of 'Wow.'" --James Dashner, bestselling author of The Maze Runner trilogy

"Who Should Read This: Anyone who wants a challenge: This plot is so twisty, I had to read the last chapter twice before I could believe what happened. There's also a very nice balance between badass action and romantic tension for readers who like a good mix of the two." --MTV.com

"Emotion pumps through every scene of this thriller. Given all the urgency and action, the novel's ending may surprise readers as the heroic adventure turns into a tragic love story." -School Library Journal

"If George Orwell's novel 1984 were to have a little stepsister, Johnson's POSSESSION would be her.... It would also be perfect for those who relish a hearty romance mixed in with science fiction....As readers follow the relationship triangle, they will gasp with anticipation wondering which boy she will ultimately choose." --VOYA

"An intriguing dystopia...A good choice for fans of Pam Bachorz and Ally Condie." --Booklist

"This debut dystopian succeeds at suspense and tension.... Revelations come hard and fast." --Kirkus

About the Author

Elana Johnson writes young adult fiction. Her work includes the young adult dystopian romance series PossessionSurrenderAbandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available, as well as a young adult dystoipan short story in the Possession world, Resist

School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog (elanajohnson.com) or Twitter (@ElanaJ). She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, WriteOnCon, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers, a blog written by young adult science fiction and fantasy authors.

She loves writing dystopian romance so much, she published her Elemental Series. A novella, Elemental Rush, began a new paranormal teen romance series. Elemental Hunger, a full-length novel, is the second part of the story. The series concludes with Elemental Release, the final novella. These fantasy romances are only available on Kindle Ebooks.

Her young adult contemporary romances include Elevated and Something About Love, both coming of age love romances only available on Kindle Ebooks.
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Product Details

  • Series: Possession
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442421266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442421264
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A YA author under the name Elana Johnson and an inspirational adult romance author under the pen name of Liz Isaacson, her work includes the young adult dystopian romance series Possession, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), Elevated, the Elemental series, the Redwood Bay romance series, and the Three Rivers Ranch romance series.

School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog (www.elanajohnson.com) or Twitter (@ElanaJ). She co-founded the Query Tracker blog and WriteOnCon, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers, a blog written by young adult science fiction and fantasy authors.

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"Walking through the park in the evening is not technically against the rules. Good people do it all the time. But walking through the park with a boy could get me in trouble."

Violet Schoenfeld is a Good girl - which simply menas she lives in the goodgrounds. Goodies live without fear or hunger or pollution, but they also live without any control over their own lives. In fact, they hardly have any control over their own thoughts. Thinkers make all the decisions for the Goodies: who to love, how to live, what to care about; and these decisions are passed on to the Goodies through mandatory mental transmissions while they sleep. Violet though, well Violet doesn't like being controlled, so she rebels in small ways. Oh, she's not a Baddie (a free thinker, living in the much less prosperous badlands), far from it, but she does enjoy breaking the occasional rule. Now, apparently, Violet has broken one rule too many.

Even though she was only walking in the park with her Thinker-approved match, Zenn, this latest infraction lands Violet in prison. That's where she meets bad boy Jag Barque and learns things about her life and her world that change everything. After a daring escape, Vi and Jag are on the run from the Thinkers, trying desperately to avoid recapture. And while Vi has developed strong feelings for Jag, she can't help worrying about Zenn. Sweet, wonderful Zenn who is clearly being brainwashed and mind-controlled. Can Violet escape the Thinkers and still help Zenn?

If it were possible to give half-stars, I would have rated this book 2 1/2 as opposed to 3. My feelings about it lay somewhere between 'I didn't like it' and 'it was okay.' So it's not that I hated it, I didn't, but based on the description, I expected to like it a whole lot more than I did.
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The world in POSSESSION is a complicated mix of dystopian and sci-fi elements that unfortunately is never explained very well. The world is divided into two groups: The Goodies and the Baddies. The Goodies are those who obey the rules, create all the groundbreaking technology, submit to nightly brainwashing transmissions, and dedicate their lives to duty. The Baddies are the ones who live free and make their own rules. There are subdivisions in each group, but again, they were never adequately defined. The first half of the book I didn't mind the confusion because I expected that eventually everything would be explained. Sadly, that is not the case.

I'm pretty sure that in addition to being some kind of tech Messiah, Violet is bipolar. She goes from pissy and screaming one second to self-pitying and crying the next. I empathized with her frustration when no one would explain to her what her abilities were and the abilities and motivations of those around her, but her whiplash mood swings got old real quick. I was less than thrilled with the two love interests as well, specifically Jag who was almost more emotional than Violet.

There are a couple twists that are no doubt supposed to be shocking but were actually extremely predictable or just not really a big deal. There was, of course, a ideological subtext criticizing totalitarian governments and Big Brother type demagogues, but I had very little energy to find it provocative or even interesting in the face of the worldbuilding and character failings.

Overall, an interesting premise in what had the potential to be an interesting dystopian setting fails to explain itself or portray a likeable protagonist.
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I hate to have to write this review. This book has so much potential, so much heart... but it badly misses the mark.
The plot, while not unique at all, is rather interesting. It's a dystopian story with it's own twist on things but nothing that really makes it stand out against the multitude of other YA dystpoian novels.
So much of the story is muddled and confusing - not in a "oooh let's solve a mystery" sort of way, but rather a "the author has no idea how to convey her ideas" way. There were SO MANY times that i had to reread pages several times because i thought maybe i missed something, only to discover that i STILL had no clue what was happening. Much of the details of the culture and technology are not described until you are well into the story, and sometimes they are not ever explained at all. Rather than adding intrigue, it simply causes the reader to constantly feel lost.
Additionally, the characters are nothing special. They at times seem strong and well-written, and at other times so cliche and weak that it's hard to keep reading.
I wanted to love this book, but it felt like reading a rough draft, not a finished product. I wouldn't say that it's a bad book, but it certainly isn't good.
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Sigh, I was really really excited for this book. And I really wanted to like it. But I just..didn't. I feel like it starts out confusing and just keeps that trend going throughout the entire book. The jargon and term words are used as though this was a sequel to a book and poorly explained. By page 50, I still had no more insight to this world than page 1.

Most of the time I would be right in the middle of a scene and think to myself 'What is the point of this book?'. Whenever that happens, you know that things are bad. I didn't understand why Violet had such a big attitude or chip on her shoulder and while Elana tried to make Jag seem super sexy and mysterious, I only found it strange that Violet would suddenly give up 5 years of loving Zenn after a week with Jag. Sorry, but love doesn't work like that. I felt like Violet was trying to be "bad" just for the sake of trying to be bad. It felt forced and only irritated me. Was I suppose to be cheering for her?

Overall the writing aspect of it was great. The descriptions and the actual writing was some of the better work I've seen this year. But I felt like Elana was trying to make this dystopian novel and Violet so much "different" than what is out there right now that it made the book turn out odd. The ending? I get where she was trying to go for the whole "OMG!" twist, but I just thought it was trying too hard.

Maybe I'm being a little harsh. But really, I had to force myself through this read.
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