Review: POSSESSION by Elana Johnson

Possession (Possession, #1) 
Elana Johnson
416 pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: June 7th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating:  LIKED

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.

   In a world buzzing with techtricity, only one thing buzzes strongly in Violet Schnoefeld’s mind – control, or be controlled. Elana Johnson’s debut caught my attention from the very first pages. My favorite part: the ending. I have to say, that was what made my mind boggle.

   In my meager YA knowledge, I haven’t come across a character as mouthy as Vi, our heroine. She’s smart, thinks for herself, and pretty strong. I liked her attitude, and wicked hair, right from the beginning. And don’t let me get started on Jag, the totally cool ‘bad’ boy.

   Being able to choose from good or bad and to differentiate between the two is one of the many, ongoing conflicts in Vi’s mind. Possession is all about making the right decisions and fighting for them. The world debut author, Elana Johnson, creates is one that can easily be compared to that of Ally Condie’s Matched – a society in control and a brave few who yearn for freedom.

   Though I thoroughly enjoyed Posession and definitely can’t wait for book two, I did have some trouble here and there, hence the four star. There were certain parts where the storyline just… jumped and I had no clue what was going on. I spent a good portion of my time waiting for an explanation. However, it didn’t steal my overall enjoyment for Possession, so I highly recommend it!

Add POSSESSION to Goodreads


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



  1. Reply

    Grace Fonseca

    May 29, 2011

    Nice Review. Going to get too this eventually. Been busy going through all the books that I got from BEA. New follower.

  2. Reply

    Best O' Books

    May 29, 2011

    Great review! Will be stopping by again soon, Rae

  3. Reply

    Julia :)

    June 1, 2011

    I really want to read this one! It sounds awesome. Cool to know the society is similar to the one in Matched. Haha I like mouthy heroines! :)

  4. Reply


    June 3, 2011

    The cover is super pretty. I love the blue. Fantastic review, Hafsah. I'm looking forward to reading this one. =)

  5. Reply


    January 12, 2012

    I completely agree with you about so parts just confusing you. I really felt like this book just jumped way to quickly into the story in some parts leaving me to double take and re-read the pages again trying to figure out what just happened. Can't wait for the second book either :D

  6. Reply


    January 15, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. I did end up having a couple of issues with it, but those were resolved with the sequel :)