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.
Why I Read This:
Welcome to Freedom. In Surrender, Elana Johnson's second book of the Possession trilogy, we are treated to a new set of characters and a new place. Where Jag and Vi came from the Goodgrounds and Badlands, this time around the characters live in the city of Freedom. Those who've read Possession might remember learning about Freedom and well, just how deceiving this name is for the city. If anything, people are even more controlled here.
Freedom is also the place filled with people who have special talents and training schools for those who will serve the city, becoming rulers over people to make it "safer". This is where we meet Raine and Gunner. Raine has the ability to "drain", touching people and in the process seeing their deepest desires. Gunner has voice talent. He can speak and make people do or believe what he wants. As the two find out, just because they have special talents doesn't make them any more free than the normal people Thinkers reside over. Raine's dad is the director of the city and wants to use both of them to get what he wants.
I enjoyed this story, even more than the first. Raine and Gunner were awesome. Gunner was my favourite character and I thought the most interesting. I said that in Possession Vi and Jag's love for each other came too quickly for me. In this one Raine and Gunner fall in love quickly as well. But there was one huge difference that made that more realistic for me and that is backstory between the two. It's not a love at first sight scenario and I really appreciated that.
Also, Vi, Zenn, and Jag are back! We get to know much more about Zenn and we find out what happened to Vi. It was nice to see something from Zenn's side. He was such a complex character in Possession but I felt not enough scenes with him in it to really figure him out. I really enjoyed his friendship with Gunner and seeing which side he was really on this time around. There wasn't very much of Jag, but hopefully he'll be back and up to more in the next book.
This installment of the series opened up a whole new world. I wonder what the author will show us next. I'm looking forward to seeing if and how the characters crash the system in the next book. I feel also that the author has grown a lot in her craft between book one and two. My only problem was I felt the timeline was a bit disjointed in places and they kept revealing things about people's abilities. Since every one of the characters had different abilities this got a little confusing for me. A solid book, otherwise, and I'm glad I had the chance to read it since it is my favourite of the series so far.
I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.