5bat! Review: The Program (Program #1) by Suzanne Young

May 13, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★★

5bat! Review: The Program (Program #1) by Suzanne YoungThe Program by Suzanne Young
Series: The Program #1
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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Published by Simon Pulse on April 30, 2013
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publicity Agency
Cover Artist: Russell Gordon, Michael Frost
Reviewed by: Abigail
5 Stars

Sexual content

Kissing, sensuality, multiple references to sex. References to sexual misconduct

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.

Fans of the Delirium Trilogy, look no further than Suzanne Young's THE PROGRAM for the next unbelievably heartbreaking dystopian.  This book delivers a story with a deeply unsettling premise and a devastating romance.  Powerful, provocative, and unputdownable.

Dystopian fiction works only as well as the corruption that defines it.  In THE PROGRAM, it's the supposed cure for the suicide epidemic that is claiming the lives of one out of three teens.  Teens are monitored for any kind of emotional outburst.  If they cry or get mad or get 'flagged' for any number of reasons, they get dragged from their homes, their classrooms and shipped off to The Program.  When they return six weeks later, it's like the invasion of the body snatchers.  They don't look the same and they have had their memories wiped of 'infected' memories and people.

There are countless wonderful and terrifying moments in THE PROGRAM including the achingly tender romance that grows between Sloane and James.  Every moment is made all the more acute because it could be lost forever.  There is a desperation about their love because they are each the only thing keeping each other from an increasingly irresistible death.  Talk about epic.

THE PROGRAM sucked me in with a frightening world and a with a hurts so good love story that is as tragic as it is wonderful.  The is the kind of book that lingers.  Beautiful writing, pain and passion mixed with near perfect results.  I can't wait for the next book in The Program series.

Series Titles

  1. The Program

2 Responses to “5bat! Review: The Program (Program #1) by Suzanne Young”

    • Abigail

      I was iffy too since her previous series didn’t work for me, but THE PROGRAM really is fantastic. I hope you get a chance to read it :)