Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bookanista Thursday: POSSESSION

It's been a little while since I've done a Bookanista review, and this week I'm so happy to be getting back to it with POSSESSION by Elana Johnson!  This kick-ass dystopian tale of controlling or being controlled hits bookstores June 7, and believe me--you want to be there when it does.

Before I get to the review though, let's first take a moment to ogle this gorgeous cover. Beautiful, no?


 Now, here's how Goodreads sums it up:

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.

My Thoughts:

Holy wow. Seriously.  From beginning to end, those two words were on an endless loop in my mind. But the thoughts were my own.  Not like in Vi's world, where one can never be sure where a thought comes from.  In POSSESSION, Elana Johnson gives readers a peek into a well-drawn, believable futuristic world that poses question after question regarding freedom, control, will, and rebellion.  And she does it at a crazy fast pace with engaging characters you'll want to follow.

Vi is a strong personality from the get go with her just-right mix of intelligence, sarcasm, and will.  Through her perceptive eyes, we see the lines between good and bad blur. We see assumptions smashed and  unanswered questions scatter like shrapnel afterward.  We also see Zenn and Jag, two clearly different characters, both charming in their own way, each tugging Vi in a different direction.  The question is, which one will she choose?

POSSESSION is wild, intelligent ride that will hold on to you until the very end.  And um, let me just say, when you get to that end... your will be blown.  Just sayin.

Look for it soon!

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  1. wow, that looks amazing! can't wait to read it. is that a trapped butterfly on the cover? creepy...

  2. I can't wait to read this one. I got to critique the first chapter long ago when Elana was still tweaking it for her agent search, and I could tell there was something very special there!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse