Review: Possession

Review: PossessionPossession by Elana Johnson
Series: Possession #1
Published by Simon Pulse on June 7, 2011
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 405
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never eventhink about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn...and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they're set on convincing Vi to become one of them...starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can't leave Zenn in the Thinkers' hands, but she's wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous--everything Zenn's not. Vi can't quite trust Jag and can't quite resist him, but she also can't give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

Were I not especially obsessed with dystopias, I would never have finished this book. Just a couple of chapters were enough to convince me that I would not enjoy Possession at all. I never cared about any of the characters or shipped any of the couples. Everyone lacked depth, generally being either completely rebel or entirely ‘the man.’ Vi, though she’s one of the most powerful characters in the book, spends a lot of time passed out during crucial scenes.

To be fair, some elements of the concept were really cool, like the various powers different kinds of Rangers had. I am a sucker for anything where people have powers, but even that could not save this book for me. It was the only saving grace in the story for me. The whole Goodies and Baddies thing was pretty lame; Johnson just sort of hits you over the head with the symbolism and lessons on prejudice. Plus, it didn’t strike me as remotely original.

What really irritated and confused me, though, were the sudden time jumps. A chapter ends and you move onto the next one, expecting a continuation of the preceding events, but this does not happen. Instead, you are often jumped forward in time with no explanation of what has happened in between. Even more confusing are the chapters that are dreams or simulations, none of which really made any sense to me. I feel like the story just sort of meandered crazily without any real sense of cohesion or flow.

Needless to say, Possession was a huge disappointment for me. In fact, I wanted so little to read it that it kind of turned me off reading for a few days (sad!), but it had to go back to the library, so I had to get through it. Thank goodness that’s over. I recommend giving this one a pass.

5 responses to “Review: Possession”

  1. Nori says:

    Glad, I did not waste my gift card on this one! It just sounded like it would be super interesting… Sad.

  2. The time jumps often confused me too. Have you read Delirium? I think the Muse song fits that book better than this one, personally. Thanks for joining in Dystopian August!

  3. Christina says:

    Lenore, I did read Delirium, but I selected a different song for it…If you want to see what I chose check out that post here: That song made me laugh in the context of the story, so I couldn’t go with anything else. If I did full playlists like you do sometimes, a bunch of Muse songs probably would have been on the list. 🙂

  4. Giselle says:

    Ugh barf! I think I’m quitting. Im not letting this book steal anymore hours of my life that I will never get back!!! The time jumps I didn’t experience yet, but there were a few random dream sections where I was like wtf is happening? It felt very out of place. And the whole Goodies in Goodlands and Baddies in Badlands. Why? This is the cheesies shit I ever read! Thanks for saving me hours of pain!

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