The Program by Suzanne Young
Series: The Program #1
First Published by: Simon Pulse on April 30th 2013
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 403 (Hardcover)
Source: Purchased- Hardcover
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.
“It’s a question we often ask ourselves: Would we commit suicide without The Program, or does it help us drive us there?” — page 68
This book was absolutely amazing! I loved it so so much. Within 400 pages, so much happened within a short period of time. There wasn’t a period where I wanted to put the book down to take a break. I was constantly wanting more and wanting to know what was going to happen next.
Sloane lives in a dystopian society in which suicide and depression have become an epidemic. One a loved one has committed suicide, the person won’t be the same. They can’t function anymore. They are then placed in The Program where they are wiped of any memories of their lives. Only to be placed with known family members still alive and who they are. Nothing else. Nothing to remind them of who they’ve lost. Sloane’s brother has committed suicide in front of her and her boyfriend, James. Now trying to make it to the next day and trying not to get caught grieving, James is starting to slip and Sloane is trying her hardest not to have him placed in The Program. But can she escape it when James is placed in there? Can she keep her memories or will she loose James forever?
I seriously cannot get over how much I loved this book. I was captivated by the first chapter. I knew then that I was going to love this. From the first chapter, it had already taken off not giving the reader time to get used to it. Just diving right into the story.
I loved how realistic this was and how it could easily turn into our future.
I absolutely adored Sloane and James’ relationship. Their relationship was adorable. They were there for each other despite what happened to them. They told each other to be strong and not give up hope even though they knew what could happen to them if they started to slip. I loved that Susan Young added scenes from their past making it a lot easier to understand the story and how deeply they care. It helped a lot with character development. There wasn’t one thing I didn’t like about this book. I absolutely loved it and I’m beyond excited to see what happens next in The Treatment!
“Then I guess I love you madly.” — page 383
“..Sorry that I’ve used up half the passes already.” When I look at her questioningly, she shrugs. “What? How did you think I found the time to sample many flavors?” — page 308