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Possession Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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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
“Most [readers] will be drawn in by the love triangle, revelations about Vi and her family, and a dark twist ending that maintains the faintest glimmer of hope.” --PW
"[T]he super-cool, surprise ending...staysentirely true to the plot....[T]he romantic tribulations...may serve to drawromance fans into the sci-fi side....[T]he setting is developed with care anddetail, making for a vividly drawn alternative world. Fans of Matched (BCCB11/10) and other recent romantically focused additions to the dystopiansub-genre may wish to add this to their reading list."
“This debut novelfits neatly into the latest dystopian fantasy craze. Readers will enjoytough-as-nails Violet ‘Vi’ Schoenfeld and her two love interests, Zenn andJag.” –Library Media Connection
About the Author
Elana Johnson writes young adult fiction. 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, 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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I love Vi. Her strength and her rebelliousness against the Thinkers throughout the book is inspiring. Even through her pain, she never gives up. I definitely sympathized with her struggles. Zenn, Vi's match, is the kind of character you just can't give up on because in his own way, he has always taken care of Vi. And though sometimes you doubt his motives, you can't doubt his love for her. I really felt for Zenn and, just like Vi, I wanted to save him. Then there's Jag. Oh Jag! How I love his confidence. Though he can be sometimes flighty and hot-headed, he makes you feel like you can do anything, just because he believes it. His strength and support help Vi in her journey to find out who she is and what she believes in. I was definitely torn between Zenn and Jag! They're both incredibly swoon worthy and they both believe in Vi.
In the end, Vi makes all of her decisions. Then, Elana throws you a curveball and leaves you wanting so much more!! I can't wait for book two. But I was definitely satisfied with book one. Even though we're left with somewhat of a cliffhanger in the end, Possession is certainly a fulfilling read. It made me appreciate the life I live wherein my choices are mine to make. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!! Loved it!!
-review also published at jennreadsfiction.blogspot.com
I was drawn right into the story from the very beginning. Vi is such a colorful and independant character, watching her lash out and proclaim her personal rebellion was fantastic right from the start. She isn't your typical damsel in distress and several times you find her being the hero in the situation. Jag is the perfect Baddie, though his hair is spiked, dyed and he oozes with rebellion, he also has a tender and vulnerable side.
I loved the storyline and the mingling of characters through both Vi and Jag's past. The author was always a step ahead of me and easily swayed my opinions along the way. A lot of people thought this book would be just liked Matched, but it is 110% different, both wonderful in their own way. Possession really makes you think about the pros and cons that come with the release of personal freedoms. It's written in a practical and real world style which drips with personality and honesty. I really appreciated that love was represented in a way that wasn't all physical, but an emotional bond between two people. Soft, innocent affection between two individuals and a strong pull towards one another. This is one of those books that once you pick it up, you wont put it down until you've read it cover to cover. Its riveting, adventurous, mind boggling madness and I absolutely LOVED it.
Overall, if you are into dystopia novels- this is a must read. I am SO glad that there are more books to follow in this series (otherwise I would be very angry right now). I will certainly be reading them all and reporting back here on the blog. Also, the author is hilarious! You should certainly check out her blog and follow her crazy bacon eating antics on Twitter (@ElanaJ)!
Vi, the main character, was a rule-breaking rebel with a sweet side. I could not get enough of her character and the concept behind the novel made me want to learn more about her past and the Tech. Then, there was Zenn. The goody-two shoes boyfriend who always seemed to be there for Vi. Throughout the whole entire novel, I couldn't bring myself to decide whether I liked his character or not, simply because there were so many twists involved. It really pushed me, as a reader, to look into the situations of all of the characters and the Tech world as a whole. Finally, least but not least, Jag enters the story with a bang! His edgy personality was hard not to adore, and yet, the very thing I loved about him, made me want to jump in the story and hit him in the face. Regardless, he evidently had wicked hair. Haha! I recommend this for readers who are very open about detailing. It leaves alot of the mental imagery to the reader, and if you're the kind of person who enjoys small details, I'm afraid to say that this story would come across as confusing, if not vague. Overall, I enjoyed this story and I plan on reading the second book too!
I haven't read much into the Dystopian genre, but it helped build the plot and the complexity of the characters well. The main character Vi was so interesting, to see her develop and respond to so many things thrown at her, and her humor along with Jag's helped give good contrast to their too-often desperate situations.
As for romance, I definitely appreciated the crazy love story Johnson made! There was equally as much action, so the book was fast-paced. And it was unpredictable, I just couldn't stop finding out what was going to happen next.
I didn't know this was a series book, so I'm a bit upset that I won't know the ending until the next book comes out! It's going to be a long wait for me for sure!
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Author: Elana Johnson
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Series: Possession, book one...Read more
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