Release Date: June 7, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Amazon Vine
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.
I love, love, love dystopian. It’s my favorite genre, but there is a fine line between just perfect and way too much when it comes to building a new dystopian world. Unfortunately Possession falls into that Too Much category. I wanted to love it. I really did, but it didn’t happen. I had two major issues with it and I will try my best to explain them.
The world created in Possession was interesting. There were sci-fi elements along with the dystopian government, but there was so much information thrown at you all at once it was almost impossible to keep up. I kept telling myself ‘just read a little more…everything will be explained.’ That never happened. By the end of the book I felt just as lost as I did in the beginning. The not explaining stuff works for some books. I even like it from time to time, but with this one it completely missed the mark.
The second thing I had trouble with was Vi the main character. She was a very, very inconsistent protagonist. One minute she was the ultimate rebel. She wasn’t afraid of anything. Then in the next scene she was compliant and terrified of what was going to happen. It just didn’t add up for me. This was also on top of her crazy mood swings that didn’t make much sense to me either.
I’m going to stop now, because I don’t actually like writing negative reviews. I have read rave reviews of Possession, but it just wasn’t for me….