The Program

The Program #1

Reviewed by Melanie on May 21, 2017


I downloaded this book from Overdrive, intrigued by the description and the cover. I was eager to begin listening and learning more about the world that Sloane and her friends live in.

Sloane lives in a world where teenage suicide is an epidemic. I can’t imagine living in a world where as a teenage you’re not allowed to have real emotions. If you’re too sad, then your parents can call and have you taken to The Program, a place where your very being is stripped away one memory at a time.

While the book is a bit dark in subject matter, and can be considered a pretty heavy read, I loved the characters. Sloane was strong willed and fought to keep the parts of herself that she held dear. All of the characters in the book, with the exception of the parents throughout, are well developed and very dynamic.

I’m excited to start book two to find out how the story continues, even with it’s dark subject matter, it’s an intriguing storyline and concept.

The Program Book Cover The Program
The Program #1
Suzanne Young
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance, Fiction, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Fantasy, Teen, Health
Simon Schuster Audio
April 30, 2013

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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