Series: The Program
Published by Simon Pulse on April 30, 2013
Genres: Young Adult
Length: 10 hours and 56 minutes
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Also in this series: The Treatment, The Remedy (The Program, #0.5)
Also by this author: The Treatment, The Remedy (The Program, #0.5)
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.
This is going to be a quickie review. I loved this book. It’s gotta be one of the best, depressing books ever.
The characters were great. My heart broke for Sloane. She is put through so much. I’m not sure how she managed to stay strong. I admire her connection with James. They may be young, but they’ve been through so much, and actually love each other.
The Program is insane. I can’t imagine even being okay with working in a place like that. It was really hard to listen to suicide being an epidemic. It’s not something that I think about in regards to young people. I want to know why they think it’s something that needs to be treated at such an important time in these character’s lives. Puberty, and everything that goes along with it is hard enough, let’s throw in the threat of being sent to a facility if you show any signs of depression.
The Program isn’t fast paced. It’s definitely character driven. But it didn’t need a ton of action the turmoil that Sloane goes through is more than enough to keep you focused on the story. I’m ready for The Treatment to come out. I have to know what’s going on.