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Surrender: A Possession Novel Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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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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The world of Surrender is one that you're already familiar with--the Thinker-controlled cities, the underground Resistance, and the characters who straddle both sides. What I absolutely loved about Surrender is that Ms. Johnson gave me more back-story and world-building than we saw in Possession and I found myself completely intrigued by the stories of how their world got to the place its in now. It added a little extra something to my reading and I felt like it really enhanced my understanding of the world.
Raine and Gunner--I don't even know where to start with them! I went in to this story worried that perhaps I wouldn't like or connect with these characters as much as I did with Vi and Jag in Possession, but thankfully, my fears were completely unwarranted. I LOVED THEM. It was really easy to connect and identify with the pair as their struggle for little bits of freedom in a world that's very control or be controlled. They each have a special power that makes them valuable to both sides of the struggle and we watch them (along with Zenn!) straddle the line between worlds.
(If you're wondering, yes, Vi and Jag make appearances. Yes, it is awesome to see them again. No, I'm not going to tell you about them. That you'll have to read to find out!!)
Surrender was one of those books that was simply impossible to put down. Johnson's sophomore novel proudly puts on display her advancements as a writer with enhanced characters and world-building that will blow you away. If you even mildly enjoyed Possession, then Surrender is a must-read because I loved Possession and ADORED Surrender!
Gunner Jameson is at the top of his class. His ability to compel with just his voice is so alluring that he caught the attention of Director Hightower. When put to the choice of siding with the Director or joining the resistance, Gunner rebels and becomes an Insider.
When Violet Schoenfeld winds up as Raine's flatmate she is completely controlled. She doesn't remember anything but Zenn, her match. With Raine's help, Vi breaks through her brainwashed fog, only to discover that the world she has landed in is much worse than the one she just escaped from.
Surrender is the second book in the Possession series. Listed as a companion novel, it's much more unique in that the story arc continues immediately where Possession ended. Violet, Zenn and Jag make numerous appearances, but it's really Raine and Gunner's story.
Told from multiple point of views, Surrender starts off slowly. Since it's a companion novel, we're introduced to new characters. Once you get settled into this dystopian world the pacing really takes off. Often times when reading a novel written with many points of view, it gets bogged down and can be repetitive. That doesn't happen in Surrender. Each character has a unique voice that is easily identifiable.
Even though I really liked Possession, I enjoyed Surrender more. I found myself racing through parts of this book because it had me entranced. The pacing was spot on and the transitions were much smoother making the reading process more satisfying. Companion novels have a way of really opening up the world that the author envisioned because they offer you different perspectives. Giving you a clearer picture....or so you may think....because OH, that ending. *sob*
Which side are you on? Could you betray those who trust you? Would you want to possess your deepest desires if it meant surrendering your humanity? Or do you abandon all hope?
Control or be controlled.
I loved getting to know these new characters Raine and Gunner. They were awesome with their own skills. Vi and Jag from book 1 were side characters this time. I loved them so much from Possession that is was hard for me to want to read someone else's story actually.
This book was a great addition to the series. I can't wait for book 3! Surrender was full of stop your breathing excitement and melt your heart romance. A fantastic read!