Published June 7, 2011
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 brainwashed 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.
Reviewed by @MaryMunar
I could not put down Possession. It is such an amazingly beautiful story. Elana Johnson created a believable world of technology and control that both fascinated and scared me. Vi must must make a choice between the "good" and the "bad." But is "good" really good? And is "bad" really bad? Control or be controlled? Zenn or Jag? These are the choices that Vi must make and she finds out how important it is to make these decisions.
I love Vi. Her strength and her rebelliousness against the Thinkers throughout the book is inspiring. Even through her pain, she never gives up. I definitely sympathized with her struggles. Zenn, Vi's match, is the kind of character you just can't give up on because in his own way, he has always taken care of Vi. And though sometimes you doubt his motives, you can't doubt his love for her. I really felt for Zenn and, just like Vi, I wanted to save him. Then there's Jag. Oh Jag! How I love his confidence. Though he can be sometimes flighty and hot-headed, he makes you feel like you can do anything, just because he believes it. His strength and support help Vi in her journey to find out who she is and what she believes in. I was definitely torn between Zenn and Jag! They're both incredibly swoon worthy and they both believe in Vi.
In the end, Vi makes all of her decisions. Then, Elana throws you a curveball and leaves you wanting so much more!! I can't wait for book two. But I was definitely satisfied with book one. Even though we're left with somewhat of a cliffhanger in the end, Possession is certainly a fulfilling read. It made me appreciate the life I live wherein my choices are mine to make. Loved it!!
5 out 5 Sparkling Stars