Regret by Elana Johnson
A Possession Story

46%

37 Critic Reviews

Moral subtlety loses out to breathless pacing; the ending is derivative of Scott Westerfeld’s superior Uglies (2005).
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Toe the line between rule-following and rule-breaking in this tense and twisted start to a smart and sexy young adult dystopian romance trilogy.

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.
 

About Elana Johnson

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Published June 7, 2011 by Simon Pulse. 432 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Regret
All: 37 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 21

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 01 2011

Moral subtlety loses out to breathless pacing; the ending is derivative of Scott Westerfeld’s superior Uglies (2005).

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The Daily Fig

Below average
Reviewed by Ellen on Jun 13 2011

I wanted to like Possession: the cover is beautiful, the concept is interesting, and I love that the theme centers on choice and free will. But I couldn’t get into the story.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Below average
Reviewed by Kayla on Aug 02 2012

There were hardly any transitions in between scenes, making the reading a whole lot more complicated.

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My Bookish Ways

Good
Reviewed by Bookish Ways on Mar 18 2011

Twists and turns abound, and I enjoyed the romance between Vi and Jag.

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365 Days of Reading

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Jun 08 2011

Possession is a fast-paced, highly engaging dystopian novel that really held my attention.

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Letters Inside Out

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda on Jun 01 2012

I did get pretty confused at times, I’m not sure if it was the formatting of the ebook I was reading or the story in general though.

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Diary of a Bookworm

Below average
Reviewed by Bookworm on Jul 01 2012

By the end I found I was frequently shrugging off elements that didn't make sense or were confusing, just to finish the story.

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Bewitched Bookworms

Below average
Reviewed by Danny on Jun 30 2011

I didn’t connect with the characters and I found the plot too fast and too confusing.

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The Reader Bee

Good
Reviewed by Christy on Jun 06 2011

The second half of the book was very fast paced, and I flew through it. I read this book in a day.

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Diary of a Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Amanda on Mar 12 2011

As soon as I finished Possession, I wanted to read it again.

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Reading Writing Breathing

Good
Reviewed by HD on Sep 04 2011

She's a pro, she's an amazing pro who knows how to deliver my favorite ending of all time.

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Katie's Amazing Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Katie on Jun 16 2011

I'm not exactly sure what to think of this book. It was pretty crazy and very hard to follow.

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Gypsy Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Ashleynn Hetland on Jun 28 2012

I couldn’t remember who was who, or what happened in Possession (besides that horrid ending), or even the world.

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Muggle-Born

Below average
Reviewed by Muggle-Born on Jun 04 2011

My main problem with the book is that I found it very confusing.

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The Bookish Brunette

Below average
Reviewed by Alexa on Jul 01 2012

Half the time I wanted to throw this book away to never be seen from again.

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The Story Siren

Good
Reviewed by Story Siren on Jun 22 2011

That was one heck of an ending. Now that made a lasting impression.

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Zoe's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Zoe on Jun 16 2011

Possession was a thrilling debut novel that I’m sure readers will enjoy.

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Electrifying Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Alex Bennett on Jun 07 2011

Possession is a strong dystopian debut, and I am sure it will cement debut author Elana Johnson’s future in the writing world.

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Darlene's Book Nook

Below average
Reviewed by Darlene on Jul 06 2012

I liked Possession, but I didn’t fall madly in love with it as I did with Matched.

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Turn the Page

Below average
Reviewed by Amy on Nov 23 2011

Someone is going to have to tell me what the hell happened in this book, because I couldn’t follow any of it.

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Miss Page-Turner

Below average
Reviewed by Miss Page-Turner on Sep 10 2011

Maybe it's just me that I didn't understand Johnson's writing or didn’t get the whole picture.

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Maji Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Farah on Jun 24 2012

Every page was action packed and full of fun.

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Reading in the Corner

Good
Reviewed by Jessi on Jun 07 2011

I don’t want to give too much away, but the ending of this book will leave you….speechless.

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Taming the Bookshelf

Below average
Reviewed by Tara on Jun 07 2011

I was waiting for the point in the book where everything would start to make sense for me, but it never really came together.

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De Librarie

Good
Reviewed by Delilah on Aug 09 2012

It was really fast paced and full of action that kept me from putting the book down.

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Amanda's Writings

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda on Aug 01 2012

I was super disappointed, because I love the author and Possession sounded like it had a lot of potential.

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Ruby's Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Ruby on Jun 08 2012

I’d say it took me about a third of the book to get into the story.

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Bookshelf Lust

Good
Reviewed by Bookshelf Lust on Apr 25 2012

I’ve seen other reviewers complain of insta-love (something I also loathe), but in this case, I disagree. Vi and Jag are strong willed, independent main characters.

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Books Glorious Books

Below average
Reviewed by Glorious Books on Feb 24 2011

In parts of the story a relationship between two of the characters started to develop. That’s fine and all but not when it just comes out of nowhere.

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Lo Johnston

Good
Reviewed by Lo Johnston on Sep 20 2012

Possession is a novel that stayed in my head long after I turned the last page. Probably because Elana Johnson depicts such unique, memorable characters.

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Star Crossed Book Review and Author Spotlights

Good
Reviewed by Nichole Giles on May 08 2012

. . .it gives me a whole new insight into the Resistance.

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One Literature Nut

Below average
Reviewed by Becky on May 03 2012

It just all felt off to me, with all the constant touching and romantic lingo.

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Read for Your Future

Good
Reviewed by Read Future on Nov 12 2011

I was hooked from beginning to end!

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We Fancy Books

Below average
Reviewed by Fancy Books on Nov 01 2011

The story and the character didn’t impact me very much.

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Beckoned by Books

Good
Reviewed by Sherre on Sep 06 2011

I loved the writing style of the book.

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The Violet Hour

Below average
Reviewed by Violet Hour on Jul 11 2011

Maybe I'm just slow, but I thought a little more world building would've helped at the beginning.

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La Femme Readers

Below average
Reviewed by Eleni on Jun 11 2011

Another aspect that turned me off was how quickly she started establishing feelings towards Jag.

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