Book Review: Surrender by Elana Johnson

Surrender by Elana Johnson Book Review: Surrender by Elana Johnson


by Elana Johnson
Expected pub: 6/5/2012 by Simon Pulse

From Goodreads:

The thrilling and seductive sequel to Possession puts love on the line in a dystopian struggle for independent thought.

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn.

Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque….

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The Bookish Brunette thought:

Insider’s: a rebel group with the Resistance who fight against the government of Thinker’s.

Thinker’s: The government leader’s who believe people should be mind controlled into making the “right decisions”.

When I heard there wasn’t going to be a ‘sequel’ to Possession, I was freaking DEVASTATED. Jag and Vi completely STOLE my heart and then Elana Johnson TORE it out! icon wink Book Review: Surrender by Elana Johnson No worries… they’re TOTALLY in Surrender, but I shall give nothing away about them! You’ll have to read it to see what happens!!

Surrender is told in alternating POV’S, in alternating chapters by Gunner and Raine… and you’re going to fall in love with their story too. I know right?

Gunner loves Raine, (Vi’s  *roomate*) Director Hightower’s daughter. Raine wants Gunner to join the Insider’s (a group rebelling against the government) but Gunner refuses until the Director decides he wants him to join HIS ranks among the “powerful” and *cough*cough* anything but FREE higher up’s of Freedom’s Association.

Gunner and Raine are NOT supposed to love one another, they both have their designated ‘match’. Yet… each can’t help but fall for the other!

Gunner goes undercover for the Insider’s and ends up with ZENN as his roommate! They break into Thorne’s office to gather information and find a bunch of files on Vi, Raine and *cue the heavenly choir song* … JAG BARQUE!!!!

“Okay, so my genetic ability to control tech was as freaky as Zenn talking to thin air. Whatever.”

Someone has been “helping” Gunn along the way… but he can’t figure out WHO. He decides to risk it all on a whim, and get Jag out all by himself.

“I had one easy thing to accomplish before I left Freedom. Hug my mom.

But I also had one very hard thing: Rescue Jag Barque.”

SQUEE!!! Surrender is filled with awesome! We are privileged with so much more back history than we had in Possession, and I LOVED IT!! It was surprisingly easy to submerge myself back into Elana Johnson’s world of Freedom, Thinker’s, government conspiracies and tragic love.

Fast paced and genuine, Surrender will keep you flipping pages until the wee hours of the morning!

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→ Read my Review of Possession by Elana Johnson

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So this week, as part of the pre-release tour of awesome, you have the chance to win an ARC of SURRENDER before it releases on June 5. And not just one chance. FIVE CHANCES. That’s right! There are FIVE (5!) ARCs available to win this week. Here’s what you can do to win one.
1. Comment on each of the pre-release blog posts this week. (1 entry for each comment)
2. Tweet about the giveaway.
3. Purchase the POSSESSION paperback (10 entries – no purchase necessary to enter)
4. Purchase REGRET (5 entries – no purchase necessary to enter)
5. Put the SURRENDER blog tour badge on your blog (3 entries)

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18 Responses to Book Review: Surrender by Elana Johnson

  1. Danielle B! says:

    I’m so glad Surrender is in alternating POVs. I love knowing what other charaters are thinking :D

  2. YAY! I have an ARC of Surrender sitting on my shelf and I’m mega-excited to read it after liking Possession, especially now that I know that Vi and Jag are in this book too! (Excuse me while I do a mini-happy dance.) The ending of the first book was AWFUL, and I’m crossing my fingers that Surrender will end with something like a HEA! x)

    Awesome review, Ashley! I miss you & your enthusiastic reviews — glad to have you back! :’) <3

  3. I was kind of upset to hear it wasn’t about Vi and some sort of epic break out to be with Jag but it still sounds awesome. I love Elana’s writing and the more I read on this book the more I think that I am going to love it!!!

  4. Great review! I’m really looking forward to reading this one. It sounds really interesting & I love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Totally can’t wait to read this. Seriously, I have had my ARC for months and haven’t been able to get to it. I am reading it next though. I just got behind a bit and couldn’t catch up. Now I am even more excited for it. A 5 stiletto review!! Whoot!

  6. Mariam J. says:

    This sounds so good ! Just another book to add to my TBR pile !

  7. Interesting! It sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  8. Vivien says:

    So effing glad you loved this one. I’ve been anticipating it for months. I really do love me some companion novels. This sounds like a brilliant followup.

  9. Kristin says:

    This looks really good. Going to add to my TBR once I’m done on here.

  10. Jennifer k says:

    I am really looking forward to reading this book. It’s risky to change the narrator. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

  11. Gabic B says:

    I loved Possession and can’t wait to read Surrender.

  12. Shauna says:

    THese books sound great!

  13. Now see you are the reason I didn’t even try to get this book. You had contacted the author and I thought it was terrible that there was no sequel. That ending on the last book just tore me up! Now, you are making me do a 180 and I have to read this one now! Ah…. the drama of the book sequel! ;D

  14. Ellen Trieu says:

    Hi! I’ve heard great things about this series, I can’t wait to read the books! Thank you for being apart of the tour! (:


  15. candace says:

    I was ANGRY with how Possession ended but I loved the book and have been anxious and curious about this one. So I’m glad it was fantastic! I cant wait to read it!

  16. Alexa says:

    Um I swear I left a comment on this yesterday!!!

    I think I had said something along the lines of I’m super glad you loved this one just as much as the first book. I can’t wait to read Possession since that is my June Pages of Bookish Love read!

    I’m so bad I still need to read Die for Me!! I feel so bad chica but I will have it read, even if I must lose sleep lol

  17. JennyC says:

    I’m supppper excited for this book! Can’t wait:)

  18. Jessy says:

    The new alternating POV is scary, but everyone seems to have had a great time with it. Can’t wait!

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