Review: THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young


by Suzanne Young
Release Date: 04/30/13
ISBN-13: 978-1442445802
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416


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.


My Thoughts:

I have been a fan of Suzanne Young for many years and have enjoyed witnessing her writing evolution. THE PROGRAM is her latest novel and it is good, wicked good, a story that is unique while being somber and intriguing in equal measure. It has been weeks yet I am still thinking about it.

THE PROGRAM is set in the near future and the teen population as we know it has taken a tragic turn of events. Teen suicide has become an epidemic and the government has created THE PROGRAM is tailor made to "correct" suicidal tendencies. In comes Sloane, this story's protagonist, smart yet fragile and in love with James. Together for years, he is her rock, the only sure thing she can count on. Yet, this frail facade is put to the test after a tragic event occurs and their world is rocked and they can't hide from the Program any longer.

Within the first few pages I became quickly absorbed within this story and the emotions generated where so intense. At times, certain passages were so sad and dark that I almost went fetal. It was insane to think about now, but that is exactly what happened. To witness Sloane's struggle to maintain calm when her whole world shattered was overwhelming but it was nothing compared to the violation of her memories. The very idea that you would be manipulated to the point that you could not mourn someone you loved was bone chilling.  At that point I became so angry and felt so helpless that my chest ached. It makes me contemplate where Suzanne had to be in order to create such dark emotions, because she was spot on brilliant.

One of the main reasons that this story worked so well for me was how well I could relate to Sloane. Her feelings at the surface and easy to comprehend. The plot of this story was terrifying and compelling at the same time and as I feared the concept of THE PROGRAM I was definitely compelled by it.

THE PROGRAM is a must read for this year. Well paced and intense with a wicked twisted that will leave you not trusting anyone and eager for the next installment. 

1 comment:

  1. The book is set in three parts, each as riveting as the next. There wasn't a single moment in this book where I felt bored or unsure of where things were going. I loved the experience of getting to read this one and can see it as a book I would gladly even re-read.

    Irene (Dallas Local SEO)


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