The Program by Suzanne Young Book Review!
Amanda Leon Friday, May 30
Title: The Program (The Program #1)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release Date: April 30th 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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.
My favorite types of books are the ones that I'm initially suspicious of and then they proceed to slap me in the face with their awesomeness. You know what I mean? I've had this experience with Delirium and Vampire Academy and this one did the same thing.
The Program is set in an alternate reality where suicide is an all out epidemic not just with teenagers but with adults. Everyone is depressed and suicidal and no one really knows why. We follow Sloane and James as they struggle to stay together.
My favorite parts of this novel is that nothing is handed over to the characters. Sloane and James get thrown in the program and they do lose their memories, but the great thing is that they're real, flawed characters. James and Sloane aren't perfect, but they do have a deep love and genuinely care about each other.
I loved all the characters in The Program. Their friendship with one another was really nice to read and reminded me of my own friends. The world is believable and while the mention of 'rebels' took me out of it somewhat, I'm glad to read the conclusion of this series, The Treatment, which I will be reading for June.
Check out my review of the second and finale of the series, The Treatment.
What did you think of The Program?