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Product Details

  • Series: Possession
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442445688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442445680
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The end is satisfying in a full-circle way and is set up for a third novel in this world. Some recent dystopian novels with a similar them are the Matched series by Ally Condie and the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver." -VOYA

"A thrilling, fan-pleasing sequel." -The Deseret News

“This dystopian novel…might appeal to readers of Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games.” --SLJ

About the Author

Elana Johnson is a young adult author. Her work includes the young adult dystopian series Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for free download, 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, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers, a blog written by young adult science fiction and fantasy authors.

Her newest novel, a young adult romance, ELEVATED, just hit shelves.

More About the Author

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

She is also the author of ELEVATED and SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE, both standalone young adult contemporary romance novels-in-verse.

Her novella, ELEMENTAL RUSH (which is available for free!), began a new futuristic fantasy series. ELEMENTAL HUNGER, a full-length novel, is the second part of the story. The series concludes with ELEMENTAL RELEASE, the final novella, which is also free.

School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog (www.elanajohnson.com) or Twitter (@ElanaJ). She also 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.

Customer Reviews

There are lots of things that I wanna say about the story and let me start with the characters.
Books4Juliet
I really liked the way the characters interacted with one another - it felt genuine and also built great connections for further books in the series.
Stephanie Ward
Elana has done another surburb job at creating a book with a rich story line, an intriguing setting and plenty well written, in-depth characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
4.5 Stars

'Surrender' is the second book in the Possession series - a young adult science fiction/dystopian that follows our fearless main characters as they fight against the Rules and the Thinkers. In this book, the focus turns to Vi's new roomate - Raine. Raine's father is the Director in Freedom, and she has always been Good and followed all the rules. Raine finds herself falling for Gunner, even though she knows she shouldn't. When she finds out how Gunner is connected to Zenn - Vi's boyfriend - Raine knows that things aren't what they seem. Now her father is asking her to spy on Vi and report back to him. What exactly is her father hiding and what would happen if she were to help Vi remember?

I found this installment to be just as enchanting and exciting as the first book in the series. New characters are introduced and we learn interesting things about some of the characters from the first novel too. All of the characters are well rounded and likable and we see some good character growth occur. The world building continues to be fantastic and adds more depth and intricacy from the first book. The attention to detail and the descriptions used make the world incredibly believable and I loved the continued history and backstory that we're given. The plot was fast paced and full of adventure, action, and thrills. There was some romance again in this book, but it wasn't overly corny and didn't overshadow the main plot of the book. I really liked the way the characters interacted with one another - it felt genuine and also built great connections for further books in the series. Overall, this was a wonderful second installment in the series and I will be eagerly awaiting the third book to be released. Highly recommended for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopians.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Wang on November 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was defnitely better than Possession, I can say that, but like Possession, the romance was a bit lacking. Gunn and Raine's romance was definitely more steady, but the romance seemed more forced in the beginning. It really wasn't as satisfying. My expectations were high, I guess. It was really the romance I didn't like much, and a bit of the characters, but it was their personality. It wasn't...pleasant at times. But I have to admit, they were developed nicely.

The #1 thing I loved the most about Surrender was that it managed to tie all these new characters in with our old ones, mixing things up so each piece of info matched like puzzle pieces. And it was cool how Elana Johnson made the most irrational things become reasonable, and the most outrageous ideas suddenly become...obvious. Nothing is predictable in this book, but it's not like random things are thrown in. These things seemed well thought-out and continued to advance the plot.

Another cool thing about Surrender, though, was that you didn't need Possession to figure it out, but it's definitely more anticipating if you did. But I loved the new characters! Raine was so fierce and protective and everything (though she did get on my nerves a lot. She seemed to be...all-knowing, but somehow naive at the same time, and that combination did bother me quite a lot.) and she was actually really smart and strategic, so I enjoyed guessing her next move in this giant chess game.
Gunner was definitely a great male lead. There was just something about him you HAD to like. I just can't put my finger on it...

Surrender also changed my opinions about the Vi love triangle and some other things. Honestly, I used to be Team Zenn (scroll up to learn why), but Surrender definitely made me like Jag more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kadie on October 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
i was given this book for an honest review. ~waAr~

I absolutely LOVE this series! the formatting on this book was a bit strange, but i ignored it and read anyways, and i'm sooo glad i did. this book is captivating and holds your attention just as well as book one, if not better! I fell in love with all her characters and can not wait to read more. i was drawn into their world and found myself hating the "goodies" lol , rooting for the baddies and then thrown for a loop when you find out people are not who they seem. i was completely captivated by this book ,and i'm sure will read it many many more times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juhina & Farah @ Maji Bookshelf on August 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After I finished reading Possession, which is the first book of the series, I was so very excited to see what happens next. I loved Vi and Jag, and I just wanted MORE of them. When I read the synopsis and found out that the main characters are different, I'm going to have to admit that I was kind of upset. I loved Vi and Jag! I know they had a tiny part and were still characters in the book, but I really wanted the story to be about them again. Even though I was upset and all, I was still excited about starting this book.

When I started Surrender. It was good. I know a lot of people said this book was much better than the first one, but I have to disagree. I also admit it wasn't that much of a page turner, and I don't know if that was because of the book or because I was in a reading slump, but it didn't grab my attention like Possession. The main protagonist, Raine, was not as unique as Vi. If I had to compare both characters, I would choose Vi. I felt like Raine was a bit weak, and she just annoyed me a bit at some parts. The main male protagonist, Gunner, wasn't that bad. I don't know if I was constantly comparing them to Vi and Jag, but Raine and Gunner aren't high on my favorite characters list, but they were enjoyable to read about in the end.

What was really different about Surrender in comparison to Possession was how the book dragged in the middle. While I enjoyed the first part of the book, the middle felt really long and boring. There were many unnecessary parts that didn't really grab my attention. All the tech details were very confusing to me, and hard as well to picture. I felt there was nothing major happening in the story. Thinking about it now, I feel like I can summarize it pretty easily.
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