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Possession (edition 2011)

by Elana Johnson

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Title:Possession
Authors:Elana Johnson
Info:Simon Pulse (2011), Hardcover, 416 pages
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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. ( )
  A_Reader_of_Fictions | Apr 1, 2013 |
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick and Dirty: A girl tries to escape the clutches of a demanding Society.

Opening Sentence: Good girls don’t walk with boys.

The Review:

Violet knows everyone is brainwashed. But just because everyone else in the Goodgrounds is doesn’t mean that Vi has to be. But Vi breaking minor rules that other people wouldn’t even think of is the least of Vi’s worries when she’s arrested and held in a cell with the criminal Jag Barque. From the very start, Vi finds her world spiraling out of control. She discovers a rebellion, a love-hate romance, and a few secrets that may turn her allegiance — and what’s scary is that her choice matters. Fighting to stay with what she just obtained and reaching for something she always had, Vi has to choose — Good or Bad? Right or wrong? Jag or Zenn?

This dystopian society is separated into two main groups: the Good and the Bad. In the Goodgrounds everyone wears the same clothes, obeys every law, and listens to a recording every night that brain washes the citizens into lawful Goodies taught that Baddies are the worst people in the world. But in the Badlands people are free — freer than the Good but still not all the way. People have choices — what to wear, how to cut their hair, who they hang out with — but in the end they still have to obey what the Greenies (mind controlling leaders of the society) say.

This book had me confused. Now mind you, it had a great plot with lots of twists. It also had a lot of scenes that weren’t explained all the way and a very…weird romance.

There was a love triangle but that isn’t what had me yelling at Vi throughout the book. It’s the relationship with Jag that had me screaming, “WHY IN THE WORLD ARE YOU WITH HIM??” Sure, the character himself is absolutely fine; he’s a broken and rebellious hero (I totally don’t blame Vi for falling for him after a life of constant goodness). But after he left her for the FIFTH time, I was getting a little tired of the love hate relationship between the two. Every single time she refused to take him back for like five minutes and then all of a sudden she’s kissing him, sins forgiven. EVERY STINKING TIME. Yes, Jag does have a very persuasive voice, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t still be mad at him for leaving her alone to cross the border of the Badlands by herself while the Greenies are on her tail. Just saying.

Overall this is an alright book. There were hardly any transitions in between scenes, making the reading a whole lot more complicated. You have to read between the lines and assume a lot of things, but just keep reading and it usually sorts itself out. The ending will have you glad that the second book, Surrender, is already out.

Notable Scene:

My head hurt and I needed a pain stick. The bed shifted when Jag sat down. I expected his touch, but when his cool fingers brushed my arm, I still jumped.

He handed me a pain stick (damn him). “Vi, a Choker is someone who fils you up,” he said, his soft voice reaching to the furthest parts of my soul. “Fills you up so full, you feel like you could choke.”

Well, that was the absolute perfect thing to say (damn him to hell).

He wrapped his arms around me and cradled me against his chest. “You’ve been crying?”

“You looked like you were going to kill me last time I was here.”

He chuckled softly. “You think Pace is cute?” His voice took on a distinct jealous edge.

I shrugged. “He looks a lot like his brother.”

FTC Advisory: Simon Pulse provided me with a copy of Possession. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ( )
  DarkFaerieTales | Aug 2, 2012 |
Possession is a book that I had wanted to get my hands on before it came out. Unfortunately, that never happened and because of my busy schedule, I never got around to reading it. It wasn;t until the lovely people at Simon and Schuster sent me a review copy of Surrender, book 2 that I decided to finally get around to reading it.
Possession is a very interesting book. It's a dystopian read that is all about technology and control. Everyone is used to being controlled in these techish ways. There are Thinkers, and Greenies and Goodies and Baddies and so much more. Everyone seems okay with the way they live, except Vi. Vi is the main character and she's strong willed and stubborn. She's been in trouble many times over her lifetime with the head techies, and isn't showing signs of slowing down. In this world, you are matched with your mate, Vi is matched with Zenn. They're best friends and Vi is caught her last time with him.
The first part of the book wasn't what I thought it would be. I found it a little unorganized, and all over the place. Things to me just didn't add up and make sense. The part that really had me was the whole escape of Vi and Jag from the jail. They were both locked in the same cell (which I'm still not 100% sure of why), the Thinkers knew their potential, it just doesn't make sense to lock them up together. And with all of the technology and being able to brainwash people, you'd think that they could guard a jail cell a little better. To me, it just seemed to "they needed to excape, let's write them escaping" instead of thinking of a logical way and explaination for their escape. And was it just me, or did the guards give up completely?
Once I got past that, and more than halfway done the book, I was hooked. I needed to know what was going to happen with our beloved Jag and Zenn. The love triangle between the characters kept things interesting as well. Though Jag and Vi have a knack for getting upset with each other. The characters in Johnson's books are memorable and likable and I think that's what kept me reading.
We are left with quite a cliffhanger at the end of the novel, and I was thankful that I had the ARC of book 2 so that I could jump right into the continuation of things.
Overall, the book wasn't what I was expecting, the writing was a little finnicky for my liking, but the storyline, plot and characters were enough to make up for it. ( )
  krystal_osmond | Jul 4, 2012 |
Ana's world is full of technology that that is so advanced that I had a hard time wrapping my brain around what certain things do. Sometimes there were no explanations whatsoever so following along was rather difficult. I found myself assuming what things were based on what the term said which wasn't hard to do, but I would have liked a better explanation as to why things were the way they were.
I love Ana's feistiness or you could say stubbornness. It helps her get out of sticky situations and her ability to control any type of technology and influence people to do things is pretty remarkable. I can definitely see Possession being made into a movie because the setting, the story, and the characters are so well fleshed out.

Can I just say that the technology in this book is pretty damn neat? (Yes I said neat!) Teleportation, the creation of food, a phone that can pretty much do everything, I loved the gadgets in this book. Would definitely make my life a lot easier, but a lot less fun too now that I think about it.
Control is another key component in the novel. Having a Goodie boyfriend who becomes an Agent in the Special Forces doesn't help Ana in any way, because his humanity slowly dissipates. I really enjoyed reading about Ana's struggles for her feelings for both Zen and Jag. Funny how she fell in love do easily with Jag, but I'm guessing you can't help who you fall for. We don't find much about Zen's history with Ana, but I feel like it was a different type of love. Her relationship with Jag (short as it may be) helped her feel alive, made her whole and complete. Oh what it's like to be in love again.
Why are there Goodies and Baddies in the first place? What made them become slaves to the Thinkers? What's going to happen when Ana realizes what her father has done? Is Jag going to find her? What happened to her sister Tyson/Gavin?? There are so many unanswered questions! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.
RATING 4/5

COVER
The butterfly trapped in an ice cube is basically symbolizing Ana’s freedom from the Association, from control. Since butterflies are beautiful and free and can do whatever they feel like, it's a perfect fit for what Possession is all about. I do rather love the glittery texture of the book jacket and the purple and green color of the title and author name in embossed lettering gave it a nice touch.

QUOTES
"The transmissions are crystal clear. No human contact past age eight, until you're married. That rule is the first imprinted, starting at age three, when the transmissions become mandatory."—page 129

"Teleporting is the best—and worst—way to travel. The best part is the speed. You simply say where you want to go and your molecules evaporate, fly across space, and reassemble there. In a few seconds, any distance could be covered.

The bad thing is the reorganization of your particles. It isn't exactly painful, but it takes several seconds for your body to start functioning again."—page 229

"Vi, a Choker is someone who fills you up," he said, his soft voice reaching to the furthest parts of my soul. "Fill you up so full, you feel like you could choke.—page 251 ( )
  booknerdcanada | Dec 18, 2011 |
It's Si-fi but it's really good, it's a love story. I was angry at parts, but I couldn't stop reading it. I wanted to just throw it down but again I couldn't. Q4P3 AHS/Alyssa O
  edspicer | Dec 16, 2011 |
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In a world where Thinkers control the population and Rules are not meant to be broken, fifteen-year-old Violet Schoenfeld must make a choice to control or be controlled after learning truths about her "dead" sister and "missing" father.

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