12 June 2012

Possession by Elana Johnson

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, 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.

Possession felt wrong to me from the start.  Immediately, I sensed there was going to be a problem: I felt no conviction about the main character, Vi's, rebellious spirit.  I didn't feel much towards the world, or the writing style.  I only managed roughly a hundred pages, and I didn't see any reason to continue reading.

The main character, Vi, thought a lot of herself, acting "so rebellious" in the face of the Thinkers.  She acted like a child, and worse: a rebel without a cause.  I had no idea what was so bad about her environment in the first place, so I was lost when she was being arrested.  Her thoughts and motivations were all over the place, if explained at all.  I didn't care that she was being arrested, or that she was "losing" time with a boy.  Her "fire" seemed forced just within the first twenty pages.

The writing was rather weak.  Not enough time spent setting things up, so not enough suspense created to make me want to find out how things worked.  There was a lot of telling -- a lot of telling.

I can't say much in terms of plot since I didn't very far into it, but even so, a hundred pages in should tell me something.  It wasn't that nothing happened, just that nothing that drove me to continue for the plot's sake.  I felt that her relationship with Jag was very predictable from what I caught of it.

I was really disappointed by this: I was looking for to it.

Book Info:

  • pages - hardcover, 416
  • published - June 2011
  • publisher - SimonPulse
  • genre - dystopian
  • received via - Borders
  • rating - 2/5
  • series - Possession
    • Possession
    • Regret (novella)
    • Surrender