Vi lives in the Goodgrounds, where people are “good” because they plug into brainwashing sessions every day and are controlled by Thinkers. Vi is not so good though, because she’s stopped plugging in, and she wants to do rebellious, forbidden things like kiss boys – such as her “match” Zenn. The Thinkers set their sights on Vi – and now she has to make a choice: Join them or reject them? Control or be controlled?
Free will vs robotic compliance. Chaos vs order. In the future world of POSSESSION, society has somehow mutated into one where a select few (rangers) are born with powers of mind control. These rangers are found early and molded into Thinkers – even if they don’t want to use their power to control others. Controlled cities are peaceful. Everyone has enough to eat. It all seems utopian – if you don’t mind the lack of free will.
Free will is what drives Vi though, which lands her in jail. There she meets Jag, a hot bad boy with whom she falls in insta-love. The course of true insta-love doesn’t run smooth because a) Vi gets pissy when Jag tries to mess with her head b) Jag is hiding a bunch of secrets c) she feels slightly guilty that she’s basically ditched Zenn for Jag.
If you have no trouble buying Vi and Jag’s soul-mate connection, then you’ll enjoy Vi’s journey to figure out what choice she should make (and you might accept the shock ending more readily than I did). Fans of sci-fi gadgets will have lots to geek out about here – get me one of those food cubes pronto! (And a teleporter, please).
Zombie chickens say: As for us, we’d much rather control than be controlled …
POSSESSION is available in hardcover now. Find out more about it at the author’s website. A companion novel in the same world called SURRENDER will follow Summer 2012. Add SURRENDER to your GoodReads wishlist.
Song for the Ultimate Dystopian Playlist: Make Me Lose Control by Eric Carmen. Sample lyric: "Take me over the edge, make me lose control.” (Weird choice, I know, but it makes sense for this novel, imho)
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