By Elana Johnson
Possession Series Book One
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Vi lives in a place with many rules. They can’t walk with boys, they can’t even think for themselves. Everyone in the Goodgrounds is brainwashed. Except Vi. She can feel Tech and doesn’t like it, so she avoids it as much as she can.That included no longer plugging in for her nightly brainwashing.
When Vi is arrested for walking with Zenn she imagines it’ll be like it has been before, where it’s basically a slap on the wrist and then she’s sent home. Except this time she’s taken to the Institute to see the Green. Essentially, the big bosses who control everyone. When she gets there she meets a boy named Jag. He is clearly not from the Badlands, a place Vi had always been taught held bad people. Except the more time she spends with him in prison, the more she realizes that they have a lot in common.
When Vi and Jag are able to escape they make a run for it. As Vi makes her way towards the Badlands and safety she is forced to learn how strong and how powerful her abilities with Tech really are. As Vi and Jag get closer and learn more about each other, Vi struggles with some of the things she learns about Jag without his being aware. Especially since some of these things involve Zenn, her best friend and the boy she loved back in the Goodgrounds.
It took some time for me to become interested in this story. I didn’t find myself hooked right away. It only took a few chapters to get involved though, so if you read this and struggle in the first chapter just keep reading. I also didn’t really like how quickly Jag and Vi decided they loved each other. There wasn’t really any buildup or Reason. They just did. Which was hard to accept since Vi was saying she loved Zenn up until she suddently loved Jag.
I did love Jag’s character much more than Zenn’s, so I did prefer Vi love Jag. Jag is a strong character even if he isn’t entirely honest with Vi from the start. Yet somehow I still trust him and know that he’s the good guy. I really enjoyed seeing Vi learn more about herself. She knew she was sensitive to Tech, but she never realized she had control of it, and she never knew just how powerful she was until she was on the run. I loved it.
Vi also has family issues and secrets that she’s working with throughout the story. They complicate things for her, but they also help make the things she’s going through even clearer. Vi has boy problems, family complications, and she’s trying to learn who she is in the middle of it all. It’s interesting to see.
I almost wish I discovered this series late so that I could read the whole series without interruption. It may have taken a little while to get involved in the series, but the more we got to know Vi the more I loved it. I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of some of the other YA series that are out right now, but it wasn’t a copy and the characters are worth knowing more about.
If the description sounds good you should give it a read. Like I mentioned, there are other YA stories with some similarities, but don’t let that be a turnoff. If you enjoyed those then you’ll enjoy this one as well.