The Program (The Program #1) by Suzanne Young
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 wanted so much more from this book. I really enjoyed the world that Suzanne Young created, but I was hoping for more than a love story. The exposition was too long in my opinion. The first third of the book tells of Sloane and James, very much in love. James had been Sloane’s brother’s best friend before his suicide, part of an epidemic hitting the teens of America. Their other friends, Lacey and Miller, were also infected. Sloane and James fear “The Program”, the rehabilitation method that involves wiping out the memories of the infected to supposedly save them from their depression.
It is clear that something more sinister is going on, but not much is revealed in this book. I enjoyed the book more once Sloane goes into The Program and begins losing her memory. There is a lot of situational irony, since the reader knows what happened before and Sloane does not.
I liked how Sloane still has her feelings after The Program even if she doesn’t have the memories that went along with them. Some things are meant to happen, and so they repeat themselves, which is interesting. I just wanted more fighting back against The Program. And a stronger female character.
There were a few interesting plot twists, and I have already started the sequel because I’m hoping to get the rebellion I so desired. This book was good, but it just left me wanting more.
My Rating: 3 Stars
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