Title: The Program
Author: Suzanne Young
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Series: The Program, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Chilling, romantic, and tender, I loved The Program, where dark memories are erased and people are made into numb zombies--faint echoes of themselves--especially the romance between Sloane and James--I really, really liked it!
Sloane lives in a world where suicide--especially teen suicide--is an epidemic. All teenagers are monitored and watched, and if they are 'flagged'--showing symptoms of depression--they all are carted away to The Program, a terrifying place where memories are erased and you are a mere shadow of your true self. After the death of her brother, Sloane knows to fly under the radar, but after a shocking tragedy, she loses it. Dragged into The Program, Sloane discovers that finding your way back to yourself isn't always easy, but it's definitely worth it.
What I enjoyed:
-Sloane's sad, sweet narrative, especially when she went to The Program, and her journey slowly coming back to herself
-The truly frightening world that the characters live in--it really freaked me out, I'm not going to lie
-The cliffhanger ending, promising a sequel
-Sloane and James's relationship
What I didn't enjoy:
-Liam, and the chilling revelation he brings to Sloane's attention
-I was constantly crying throughout the novel! (It was so intense.)
-The way the whole world seemed to be implementing their own take on The Program
I loved The Program! Anyone who loves dystopian fiction or romances should pick it up at their local library or bookstore. Next on deck: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle!