Saturday, June 18, 2011

Possession by Elana Johnson

 Grade: High A


Vi knows the rule" Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even think 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, 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.


Character Development: 6/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 6/10
Voice: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Setting: 8/10
Total Score: 53/70

Obtained: Purchased from the Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, Vermont (an adorable place that you should visit if you're in Vermont)!

Age Appropriate? PG

Cursing: Limited.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc:
Sexual Content: Very mild.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Nothing too bad. Some violence and murder, but it's never uncomfortably graphic.


Possession made me very, very excited. There were a lot of things about it that were perhaps a bit mediocre or sub-par. It isn't the best of it's kind for sure--but where it shined, boy, did it shine! It definitely stood out from the crowd and made me quite happy. An excellent, worthwhile read that was easy to forgive for its shortcomings.

Let me explain. It's biggest shortcoming was lack of clarity/believability/consistency in plot, narrative, and character relationships and development. Sometimes I was confused by what was happening or had just happened (but honestly, maybe that was just me) and the narrative often jumped around oddly. And character relationships... At the start, the romance was progressing at a natural speed, meaning it was going slow. Then, suddenly, they were like an old couple, completely spontaneously smitten and all over each other in love. It was cute and fun, but truly unbelievable. And finally, the "magic" (that really isn't magic at all, but I have nothing better to call it) wasn't ever really explained fully. It just suddenly existed. Poof! and she was a master. It was a bit odd and unsettling.

Now, all of that was minor in comparison to the main excellent thing about this book--the ass-kicking, real-life, strong-as-a-god heroine, Vi. The synopsis kinda makes her sound like a waffling girl-child, but really, she was great. Unlike so many (especially sci-fi) heroines--even ass-kicking ones--she was not overly, annoyingly emotional. I loved how she took everything in stride, didn't spend the entirety of the narration moaning about boys and feelings and instead just survived. And though she had emotions and internal struggles and all that, it wasn't overwhelming, it wasn't angsty the way so many YA girl-narrations are. She was tough the way she seemed. She was awesome. And she made the book very much worth reading (though the boy was certainly kinda fantastic too ;-)).


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1 comment:

  1. I've been waiting for this book since December man. I remember my first thought was that it was like Matched + Uglies + Candor = Possession. And that cover has got the whole 'object trapped inside a thing surrounded by nothing' as the central image with the title in all caps thing. The more I look at it, the more Possession looks like it could be the blue cover sister of Matched. Just sayin.

    I read 13 Little Blue Envelopes. It was alright. I think I'll get more enjoyment when I read the sequel that recently came out.

    Ashley lent me Wither. I'm excited to read it.

    The blog's been looking pretty scarce lately. It makes me cry tears of book sadness.


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