Quick Review: The Program by Suzanne Young
The Program (Program #1)
by: Suzanne Young
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Read it free on Pulseit!
Page Count: 408 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars
A huge thank you to Sara@Forever17Books for her review on this one! She instantly made me want to pick this one up! And I'm so glad I was able to read it! I saw it was free on Pulseit and didn't think I'd have the time to be honest, since they only keep them on there for a week. Something compelled me to pull it up on the computer last night and even though I was just going to read a little, I polished off the whole thing!!
A lot of people have said this reads more as a contemporary than a dystopian, and I would have to agree with them. So if you're looking purely for the dystopian vibe, you may be disappointed. Personally, I have been reading a lot more contemporaries lately, so that wasn't a problem for me. Not to mention, I really liked the romance in this book.
I think the reason I liked The Program so much was because the idea behind it was insanely interesting to me. A society where suicide is an epidemic? If you're infected, then you are taken into the Program, which is set to give you a clean slate and remove any harmful memories from your brain to prevent you from risk of suicide.
I won't lie. This book was definitely heart-wrenching. Suicide is not something to be taken lightly, but to lose someone close to you and not be able to express your grief for fear of being taken away? That's some serious stuff right there. Our main characters Sloane and James have both lost someone they cared about deeply and will continue to lose ones they love. However, neither one is allowed to show any outward emotion for fear of being the next ones placed in the Program.
I really liked Sloane and James's relationship. (Which was already established at the beginning of the novel.) Young does give us flashbacks to the beginnings of their relationship and we do see some of how they got together. They are very supportive and protective of one another and when one is breaking down, the other is there to build them back up and bring them back to the here and now.
Is their love strong enough to withstand the ultimate of trials? Or will The Program step in and take everything they hold dear?
**I decided to make this a quick review, as there is just SO MUCH I don't want to say, because I am afraid to give anything away! It's definitely worth picking up and reading!!!!**