Monday, December 23, 2013

Book Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

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Genre: YA Dystopian

Recommended if you like:
Romance already established in the beginning, recalling events in the past a lot/switching between the past and present, rooting for a characters in a somewhat helpless situation, and anything remotely similar to the movie: "eternal sunshine of the spotless mind"

Book Summary:
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.

Book Review:
Before reading, I thought the book was going to tackle the issue of teen suicide in a more elaborate way. But ultimately, the novel focused heavily on the romance aspect of it - star-crossed lovers in a dystopian world, and I really enjoyed it anyway!

Every few pages or so, our heroine recalled snippets of past memories that explains things about her life in the present. It wasn't exactly repetitive, but it happened so much that it felt repetitive. Don't fret though! It becomes important towards the end of the book, so it was necessary to do so. 

The book was different, and I mean good different. The heroine moves away from the strong girl trope in dystopians, and becomes a genuinely helpless character who can't do anything about the situation. I want to read the sequel, because I would like to see how she manages to fight back. 

And there was an epilogue. It will definitely confuse the shit out of you and make you want to read more at the same time (Yes, that's possible.)

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