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Monday, October 3, 2011

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Possession (Posession, #1) by Elana Johnson

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Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: June 2011 (Simon & Schuster)

Possession by Elana Johnson is a young adult dystopian fiction book that features action, rebellion, romance, and corrupt governments. Violet, Vi for short, is a member of the Goodlands, a place where the Goodies live. Goodies follow the rules, listen to the government recordings and do not under any circumstances oppose what the Thinkers say is right. Baddies live in the Badlands and are freethinking people that do not listen to or follow the Thinker ruled government. In complete violation of the law, Vi is caught a) walking in the park at night and b) walking with a boy. Even though Zenn is her match, Vi finds herself in serious trouble that lands her in jail with one of the Baddies, Jag. In order to get away from the government’s impending control over her mind, Vi must team up with Jag to escape her fate in jail and find a life where she can be herself. However, Vi has ties to the Goodland’s, the government is persistent, and they want Vi to join their ranks. She must find the courage to oppose the oppressive ways of the Thinkers in order to save the ones she loves. 

Possession was a very interesting read. Johnson can truly weave words to meet her needs. The style of writing was great and helped enhance the story; the emotions and sarcasm coming across without a hitch. I really love the premise of the book, though at first I thought this book was going to be predictable. Yet the plot just kept on delivering twist after twist and dragged me along for a ride that I never could have anticipated. The characters in this book had great depth. The secrets that their lives held and the ones that were shared added nice layers to the story and to the characters. I loved Jag, Zenn and for his brief appearances, Pace. Vi was a good, strong heroine, though to be honest, she was not my favorite main character. Despite that, I really did like the dialogue that featured Vi and the rest of my favorite characters. Overall, this book was good. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an action packed and surprising read. I look forward to reading book two. I received this book as an ARC from Simon & Schuster.

---Posted by Lauren G.