Friday, November 2, 2012

Possession Review


Author:   Elana Johnson

 1442417617 (ISBN13: 9781442417618)
Release Date: 
June 7th 2011
Pages: 416
Format :
Young Adult, Dystopian,

Possession #1

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 brainwashing 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 on the Book
I don’t really know where to start with this disappointing Distopian Book. It was great at first, but it quickly went down hill. There were too many unanswered questions (such as why do some humans have powers? It's never explained), too much uninteresting character development, and far too fast love development (really? Together after the span of two weeks?) A big confusion was our main girl. Everyone is saying she has strong mind powers, but she doesn't seem that strong to me, not when every person in the book can manipulate her. I did like the futuristic technology in the book, but most of the time each piece of technology appears right when a character needs it. It almost seemed to serve more as a deus ex machina more then a natural part of this futuristic world.

The setting first takes place in the Goodgrounds, where people are controlled. They are told what to think and do, and they follow all rules. They dress head to toe in clothes that cover everything from the sun. This is totally different lifestyle from the Badlands, where people could do what they wish to do. They can wear what they want and do as they please. The other major setting is an oceanic area where our main characters visit for only a brief time before they are taken away. So not much is said about that place, other then it’s a place that people can ask for asylum.

In this dystopian novel, the Thinkers (or “Greens” as some people call them) are a group of people that do the thinking for the population, controlling every thought and action. That fact alone was what I thought was interesting about this book. In this world, Violet (Vi for short) lives. She breaks the rules and doesn’t let the Thinkers control her. It’s her character that made me think I would enjoy this book. As Violet sneaks out of her town to secretly meet with her boyfriend, she notices that something is wrong. She's quickly arrested and brought to a prison center where she meets a boy named Jag. When the Thinkers decide to do something to both her and Jag, she knows that they have to escape now. Surprisingly they do escape and they run off together. As they travel together, she learns that she has powers of her own that she needs to try and control. They get captured again and escape, which seems to be a theme in this book. She falls in love with Jag, and I’m not really sure if Jag loves her back, because he seems to enjoy ditching her and using his mind powers on her. As I mention at first no one can control Vi, but then suddenly everyone is controlling her. Even Jag, her new lover, is using his powers multiple times on her.  The ending of the book seems to be a cliffhanger, but a very poor type of cliffhanger. Usually cliffhangers make you want to read the next book, but really I don’t want to or need to. I didn’t fall in love with the characters and the plot was just too confusing and bland.

Violet is our main female character of this book. She learns about her mind powers later in the book and starts to right away to try to learn to control them. She is also told how powerful she can be with her powers and how she can control anything. The Thinkers want her for her power, but she doesn’t want to work for the Thinkers. How and why she has her powers aren't explained. Her relationship with Jag can best described as a puppy following her owner around. No matter what Jag does to her, she still loves him. She may act strong at first, but she is really weak if she can’t help but love a person who loves toying with her. Jag controls her, the Thinkers control her, even her father controls her. For someone who can't be controlled, she's controlled far too much.

Jag really has no good quality in him, despite him working for the resistance. There is absolutely nothing to like about the guy. He loves to get mad at Vi over and over again. Even though he does apologize, he just goes and gets mad at something else. He loves to ditch Vi and go off alone, leaving her wondering around alone. He did that multiple times. Of course, he says he loves her and says sorry, but goes and does it again! But that's okay, because Vi loves him no matter what. I don’t even know if he really loves her, or just using her and keeping her under his mind control to keep her close.

Zenn was someone who Vi was originally promised to, but after she got arrested that all changed. Zenn you find out later on isn’t acting on his own accord. He still has strong feelings for Vi, but it’s not enough for him to let her do what she wishes. We don’t know much, but we do know that he worked for Jag at one point, but later turned against him.

2 out of 5 Howling Wolves

No comments:

Post a Comment