Review: ‘Possession’ by Elana Johnson

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Review: ‘Possession’ by Elana JohnsonPossession by Elana Johnson
Series: Possession #1
Published by Simon Pulse on June 7th, 2001
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

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Ana’s world is full of technology that that is so advanced that I had a hard time wrapping my brain around what certain things do. Sometimes there were no explanations whatsoever so following along was rather difficult. I found myself assuming what things were based on what the term said which wasn’t hard to do, but I would have liked a better explanation as to why things were the way they were.

I love Anja’s feistiness or you could say stubbornness. It helps her get out of sticky situations and her ability to control any type of technology and influence people to do things is pretty remarkable. I can definitely see Possession being made into a movie because the setting, the story, and the characters are so well fleshed out.

Can I just say that the technology in this book is pretty damn neat? (Yes I said neat!) Teleportation, the creation of food, a phone that can pretty much do everything. I loved the gadgets in this book. Would make life a lot easier but a lot less fun too now that I think about it.

Control is another key component in the novel. Having a Goodie boyfriend who becomes an Agent in the Special Forces doesn’t help Ana in any way, because his humanityis lowly disappates. I really enjoyed reading about Ana’s struggles for her feelings for both Zen or Jag. Funny how she fell in love do easily with Jag, but I’m guessing you can’t help who you fall for. We don’t find much about Zen’s history with Ana, but I feel like it was a different type of love. Her relationship with Jag (short as it may be) helped her feel alive, made her whole and complete. Oh what it’s like to be in love again.

Why are there Goodies and Baddies in the first place? What made them become slaves to the Thinkers? What’s going to happen when Ana realizes what her father has done? Is Jag going to find her? What happened to her sister Tyson/Gavin?? There’s so many unanswered questions! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.


The transmissions are crystal clear. No human contact past age eight, until you’re married. That rule is the first imprinted, starting at age three, when the transmissions become mandatory.
Teleporting is the best—and worst—way to travel. The best part is the speed. You simply say where you want to go and your molecules evaporate, fly across space, and reassemble there. In a few seconds, any distance could be covered.
The bad thing is the reorganization of your particles. It isn’t exactly painful, but it takes several seconds for your body to start functioning again.
Vi, a Choker is someone who fills you up. Fill you up so full, you feel like you could choke.




1 Comment

  1. Grace Lo

    October 19, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    I remember this as one of my first dystopian reads. Personally, while i thought the entire idea was very fascinating, I didn’t like the characters. Vi irritated me to no end for some reason I can’t explain, and I mostly felt tired of her two love interests. While I have its sequel on my TBR list, it’s not too high there but I might have to reread Possession and give it a reevaluation.

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