Book Review: The ProgramAuthor: Suzanne Young
Published: April 2013
Series: Program #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
The Setting - taken from Goodreads
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.
My Two Cents
I'm not sure how 2 dystopian books about memory erasing made it into my suitcase. Hey, it was late when I was packing! But The Program did offer an interesting, futuristic world. In Sloane's world (by the way - how cool is it that her name is Sloane? Bueller? Bueller?) the downfall of the world is not the bird flu, but rather an illness of the mind, suicide. And the government thinks it has a solution. Sounds plausible right? But if you're looking for an action-packed dystopian read, this first book in the series is not for you. While the world-building was fascinating, the real focus of The Program is true love conquers all and it's possible to fall in love with the same person twice (and somehow Sloane still manages to have a fling on the side...enter the dreaded love triangle)! So getting right to the point...if you like romance books with a slight sci-fi edge to it...then this book is for you. If you're like me and crave more plot action than make-out action, then this book is less than desirable. However, I will say that the author does set up the 2nd book nicely with Sloane on the run (and perhaps others will join her but I don't want to give anything away). Overall I will award The Program 4 out of 5 stars. I will read the 2nd book in the series only if Young can solve the love triangle once and for all, which, is not looking good. This is YA fiction we are talking about!