The Program (The Program, #1) by Suzanne Young

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Title: The Program
Series: The Program, #1
Author: Suzanne Young
Published: April 30, 2013
 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.

Dystopians has always been one of my favorite genre, it doesn't only entertain me, but it is also a great way to know if an author is good for them to be able to pull off a very interesting plot and story. I really don't know if I could classify this book as a dystopian, but it feels like it is. I just didn't enjoy it much as much as I want to. The plot's direction is a little bit vague. I am particularly interested on how the epidemic of suicide started, but it was never discussed in the story. Although there are some particular scenes that I find creepy and very disturbing, it still did not keep up with the pace I was expecting.

At the end of the story, I realize that it is a love story after all. I didn't find the book likable because of this. I was expecting more of a story that has dept and interesting world-building. The love between the main 2 protagonists already existed from the start. I am really more into they-don't-know-each-other-before kind of thing wherein they start to get to know each other first, then the connection starts leading to a relationship.

In regards with its characters, I for one had a very hard time connecting with the characters. They just don't have this characteristic that will definitely make you want to know them better. They are a little bit shallow if you ask me. Lots of melodramatic scenes, too much emotions that are not properly executed. But all in all, this is still nice to give this a book a try. It still have some things and scenes that sparks my interest.




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