Book Review: The Program

 April 30, 2013
In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance” (Kirkus Reviews), 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.

 
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My Thoughts:

Can every book be as easy to get into as The Program? If so, that’d be great.

I will admit that the idea of a suicide epidemic was a bit strange, but I was excited to read The Program anyways. I was immediately hooked.

The narration is spot on. I felt like I was actually in the story watching everything unfold. That’s actually quite scary considering how creepy the program is, but is still a good thing. 

I found myself fearing for Sloane and James. Would they get taken away? Would they lose their memories? Would they even stay together? 

Young has created a really interesting idea in The Program and I’m anxious for book 2 (out now, just got to get to it!)

Question that I hope is answered in book 2: is there REALLY an epidemic or is everyone just fearful because of the program? I’m thinking it is really just the latter. In which case—book 2 should be an interesting, exciting journey. 

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