Apr 19, 2011


Author: Elana Johnson
Upcoming Release Date: June 7, 2011
My Rating: 4/5--I mostly enjoyed it.
One Word Plot: Dystopian
Good if..you're looking for something sweet/action packed
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...  Hold on to your hair-gel we have another Dystopian on our hands.

Let me start by saying that...I don't really like dystopian novels.  I can thank 1984, BRAVE NEW WORLD, and THE GIVER for all jading me in the past.  And yet, Sarah, why is it you always end up reading more dystopian types?  I guess because every now and then you run into a good one.  And--when they're good, they're usually really good.  I loved HUNGER GAMES and the UGLIES series.  I'm happy to say that this one can added to the goodies list.  :)  So on to my review already--

The central theme to this novel is control or be controlled.  No surprise there; aren't all dystopians that central theme?  Where this one exceeded my expectations is Vi.  She's the strong, kick-butt female we all want in a novel, especially a novel where the main character has to take down 'the man'.  Right away she teams up with Jag--the badboy also in prison for breaking the rules--and the whole novel is kind of their escape/self-discovery kind of a thing along the way.  Then there's also Zenn--the goodboy--and Vi's 'match' she left at home.  It makes for an excellent plot.  And I thoroughly enjoyed it (and Vi's sarcastic personality) the whole way through; it didn't disappoint.  My favorite favorite part was the ending.  It was intense and I loved it.  A cliffhanger all the way, but such a perfectly fitting ending.  I can't wait to read book 2 (is there a book2?).

If anything was lacking it was that the romance wasn't 'knock-your-socks-off'.  More like sweet and tender.  It was good--don't get me wrong--but it didn't blow me away.


Cait said...

Great review; I'm not a huge fan of dystopian novels but this sounds quite good-thanks!

Jenny said...

Yeah, these dystopian novels are taking over but this one sounds interesting.

Jennifer A said...

I'm so glad you liked Possession! I can't wait for it to come out. I love dystopians.

The cover is so pretty, too!

Great review!

Jennifer of Little Shelf