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Possession Paperback – May 8, 2012
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"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
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.
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an avid lover of YA & dystopian, but this book was a mess. I DID NOT FINISH THIS BOOK. There was next to no world or character building. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Bizzles1
Violet Schoenfeld- a good girl in the Goodgrounds? That's how it would seem, but it's not. Vi, a troublemaker, a lover, and a fighter. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Laurel Smith
As much as i wanted to really love this book i just couldn't but i did fine the writing and story to be some what enjoyable at times. Read morePublished 6 months ago by I love things you hate
Control or be controlled.
This was a fast paced, action paced and romance paced dystopian novel that had me flabbergasted at how cruel and powerful the Thinkers are. Read more
I've read pretty much everything Elana Johnson writes and she has a gift with writing. She is amazing and you should read everything she writes! Everything, I say!Published 12 months ago by NewPhotographer
Possession, by Elana Johnson, is a great book! It is full of many twists and turns that leave your mouth hanging wide open. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this book! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Katie V
Took me a few chapters to get in to this book but I was eventually sucked in. There is a lot of confusing things going on with this story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by stacy
Ordered all 3 of the novels at the same time; however, this one came 1 1/2 wks after the other two.Published 17 months ago by Elaine S.
While I went into this book expecting a lot more than what I got out of it, I did enjoy it. This was one of those dystopian novels that I thought from the lovely synopsis. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ryan Grooms