November 26, 2012

Possession and Surrender by Elana Johnson Blog Tour:

Welcome to my stop on the Possession and Surrender  Blog Tour!
Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even thinkabout 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.
Possession is the dystopian that makes everybody happy. It takes what fan loves about some of the most popular books in this genre, and puts into one, complete and entertaining story. It takes the action from The Hunger Games that fans love, and combine it with the poetic sensitiveness of the Matched trilogy, with a little bit of Uglies thrown in there for good measure.

   Vi is an awesome main character. Like Katniss, she's pretty badass, and for lack of a better expression, (pardon my French), doesn't take shit from anybody. Throughout the story, we witness an amazing transformation in her character that you don't see in every book. She was definitely the best part of this novel for me.

The one flaw in this book for me was the predictability. In all fairness, YA dystopians are becoming awfully easy to predict, as they all have some of the same story patterns, so it's not as much Johnson's fault per say as it is just the way dystopians are set up.

Johnson does have a very good writing style that is easy to find a home in for YA dystopian fans. The fast paced tempo and excellent dialog make for a very interesting romp around a very well-done dystopic landscape. A fun read!
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  1. Thanks for the review. I really liked Possession and thought Surrender was even better. I loved Raine and Gunner, the two new characters in Surrender.

  2. Thanks for being a stop on the tour Benji! And like Natalie said, Surrender is even better! It's been a long time since I read Possession but I think at the time I thought it was pretty twisty. Anyway, so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. I've been catching up on my dystopia reads lately. I'll need to add this one to the list.

  4. I need to add this to my list, after reviewing my top 10 YA books for 2012..i realized I not only love dystopian I drool over it..bwahaha! I love that this blends all of the elements we love in a dystopian. Awesome review Benji!

  5. But we dystopian fans still love the genre none the less. Vi sounds pretty awesome.

  6. I've been wanting to read this book for a wile


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