I'm excited!!! Today I'm featuring the awesome Elana Johnson and her CRAZY COOL book POSSESSION as part of the Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit. Let's hear more about this hot title!
About the book:
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 brainwashed 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.
What People Are Saying:
"Possession held me completely captivated from beginning to end. And what an end! I fell in love with the characters and had countless moments of 'Wow.'"
--James Dashner, bestselling author of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials
"Who Should Read This: Anyone who wants a challenge: This plot is so twisty, I had to read the last chapter twice before I could believe what happened. There's also a very nice balance between badass action and romantic tension for readers who like a good mix of the two."
“Most [readers] will be drawn in by the love triangle, revelations about Vi and her family, and a dark twist ending that maintains the faintest glimmer of hope.”
"This debut dystopian succeeds at suspense and tension.... Revelations come hard and fast." --Kirkus
“Emotion pumps through every scene of this thriller. Given all the urgency and action, the novel’s ending may surprise readers as the heroic adventure turns into a tragic love story.” –School Library Journal
“An intriguing dystopia…A good choice for fans of Pam Bachorz and Ally Condie.” --Booklist
To read the first two chapters, go to the official POSSESSION website.
Elana was even cool enough to answer some questions:
1. Okay, first question. If this were high school, which senior superlative in the yearbook would you score?
Wait. This isn’t high school? Ha! I suppose I would totally score “most likely to have a cat named Frodo.”
2. What is one thing you wish you would have done when you were younger? For me, it’s that I never studied abroad. How about you?
Oh, traveling for sure. I married much too young. I want to travel the world. Sell my house and live in hotels, wherever I happen to be when I decide to stop. I would’ve loved to have done that before I got married and went to college. I needed a year off, and I didn’t take it!
3. Now here’s the self-promotion part: Can you please tell us all about your book? We have some book shopping to do!
POSSESSION is about a teenage girl who’s angry she’s been brainwashed her whole life. She wears what they tell her to wear. She eats what they want her to eat. She’ll even marry who they match her with. So when she stops plugging in and starts breaking rules, chaos ensues. Oh, and there’s a bad boy and kissing and cool tech gadgets too.
4. So, say your book just got picked up for a movie (congratulations!) Who’s playing your MC?
I have no idea! I envision all my stories as cartoons. So in my head, Violet is like this anime character with spiky black hair. Maybe lame…but true.
5. If you could take one literary character to prom, who would it be, and why?
I’d take Wolverine. He’s a literary character right? Comic books count. And I don’t really think this needs an explanation as to why, but seriously. He has knives in his hands. And his hair…yum. And his muscles…yummier.
6. And finally, since all of the other questions were so serious… What do you hope teens take away from your book?
I honestly just hope they enjoy it and think the time they spent reading it was worth it. I wrote a book I’d like to read, plain and simple.
Thank you so much for stopping by, Elana! And if you haven't already, pick up your copy of POSSESSION today!