Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Posted May 6, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

The Program

by Suzanne Young
Series: The Program #1
Pages: 408
Published on April 30th, 2013
by Simon Pulse
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Just Like Fate, Hotel Ruby

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

5 Stars

Wow… This book is heartbreaking, frustrating, dramatic, romantic and more. It was more then I expected, to be honest. Way more. And I loved every part of it.

“You’re here for me. I wouldn’t have survived without you, and I couldn’t now. We’re in this together , James. Don’t forget that.”

So in this book suicide is an epidemic. And the only ‘cure’ they could come up with is The Program. (Stupid donkeys… I may have a few ideas that could help you know. For instance… Stop the monkeys that are making those super kill pills or let people mourn when they’ve lost someone… Don’t wipe their memory if they get depressed because it’s actually your fault they are because they can’t show their emotions the way they should… Okay, I’m stopping now. Moving on.) So you get it. The Program basically erases your memories. Takes the bad ones that make you ‘sick’ away. So if you show signs of being sick, they take you to one of the facilities and wipe your memory and then in the end you’re happy again and all the bad stuff is gone. (I would rather take one of those kill pills instead of getting my memory wiped.) It’s actually pretty original. But seriously. So many geniuses in the world and that’s the best they could come up with? Tsss.

“I’m just feeling sorry for myself,” I say quietly. “My memories… I don’t have many left.”

So the main character in this story is Sloane. She is a really fun character and I loved her. I felt for her and I felt a lot. No kidding. The first part of the book is heartbreaking (the whole book is actually but okay). Her brother died, her best friend doesn’t remember her, her other best friend dies and the boy she loves is taken from her too. Yeesh, talk about a hard life. But she is a fighter and she wants to hold on to James as long as she can. She doesn’t want to forget. I love her for that. She’s strong.

“I think I’m in love with you,” he whispers. “Is that crazy?”
His words strike my heart, and the ache that’s been a constant in my chest goes away completely. I lick my lips and smile. “So crazy.”
“Then I guess I love you madly.” And then he leans down and kisses me again.

The second half of the story is equally heartbreaking and a bit frustrating near the end. If you lose your memories, can you get them back? Does your heart remember what your mind forgot? That’s the main question in the second half of the story. And it was so frustrating to know what she did not anymore. But I am sooo glad the way this book ended. And I can’t wait for the next book.
Oh and I love James. He’s awesome and hot. And Realm is … I don’t know, I don’t like him. 

Awesome book, I want the sequel. Like… Yesterday.

Have you read this book yet? Or do you want to? Let me know, comment below! 

autograph bieke


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