Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review - The Program by Suzanne Young

The Program (The Program, #1)

The Program (The Program #1)
by Suzanne Young
Published April 30th, 2016 by Simon Pulse
405 pages

4 stars - Intense and Intriguing! 

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Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I'm pretty sure that I've read mainly YA contemporary all summer long. Which means that this is one of the first (if not the only) dystopians that I have read this summer. I'm glad that I chose this one because it was such a pleasant surprise. 

I really do enjoy dystopians but I find that I just don't read them too often. Sometimes I jus get tired of them I guess. The Program is a book that I have been wanting to read for awhile and I can't believe it took me this long to finally read it! 

The Program was intriguing and intense from the beginning. I was caught up in the whole world and understanding why teen suicide was an issue. All the "solutions" that the government came up with to keep teen suicide under control were so interesting. It's always interesting to see why all these solutions never work the right way or how society becomes so paranoid. 

Reading through Sloane's perspective was everything. I so enjoyed how Suzanne Young showed us Sloane's past with her friends and brother. I was able to connect and care about these characters even though they weren't really in the story too much. I was also rooting for Sloane the whole time! I could only imagine how scared and hopeless she felt while going through the program and trying to save herself and her friends. 

I enjoyed learning about The Progam itself and can't wait to learn more about it. The ending was definitely suspenseful and really leaves you wanting more. I wanted the next book stat but my library didn't have it online so I'm stuck waiting. :( I can't wait to read the next book and to delve deeper into this world where teens are scared to have depression, to mourn, or to show any signs of despair. This is a book that definitely made me think about our own world. 

Definitely check this one out if you are in the mood for a unique dystopian! :) 


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