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Possession ~ Elana Johnson

August 27, 2011

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse
416 pages
ISBN: 9781442421257
Source: Book Store

In  a peaceful world, where everything is clean and good and beautiful, every man,  woman and child fits in perfectly where he or she is meant to be. Dating is unheard of, even handholding is frowned upon, but hey, there is no violence or pollution.

The only problem, like with so many perfect things, is that  there doesn’t seem to be any choice in the matter. Plugging into the mother board, every citizen is subject to the whims and control of the Thinkers who, like you might conclude, think for the rest of the population.

In all of the creepy perfection there ate a few lone people who know that things could be another way. Vi, a teen with a mind and some hair of her own, dares to strike out against the forces at play.

It’s a typical Utopian cum Dystopian story.  With some new and neat technological bells and whistles and a few more old school elements of magical mind control, the story is a fast, fun little adventure. I have to side with other readers and reviewers in sharing a little bit of confusion toward the end. I can only hope that in subsequent books (it is promised to be a series) that the confusion of the very energized and rushed ending will be cleared up.

Overall, I think that Possession was a good attempt or start, though it did have some pieces that left me confused or wanting change.  These elements can be overlooked easily, though, as they are often things that come with a first book in a series. I think my main squabble with Possession as a Dystopian piece was that it just left the “political” out of “political-science fiction”. Because the genre of Dystopian Literature has become such a wide cast net, I should expect some to be just luke warm. I am so used to Libba Bray and Suzanne Collins with their very spot on assessments of the world around us. Where I think Possession fell flat was in airbrushing references to modern life. Swift, Orwell, even Wilde, wrote to reflect and for me, that’s the best, if not only type of Dystopian story. I simply felt that Possession was stabbing only at “perfection” and not at anything smart or specific.

That said, if you take away my ridiculous snobbery (I really didn’t mean to go off, there!) it is a fun read with a lot of love and adventure.  Just don’t expect anything too deep.

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 27, 2011 1:51 pm

    It sounds like Johnson is an author to watch out for.

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