I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Remedy (The Program, #0.5) by Suzanne Young
Published by Simon Pulse on April 21st 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 9 hours and 45 minutes
Narrator: Rebekkah Ross
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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Also by this author: The Program, The Treatment
This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00L01GH8CIn a world before The Program…Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.
The Remedy is the prequel to The Program. We get a little backstory on how things were before The Program became the way of life.
Quinn is a closer. She impersonates the loved ones that families have lost. With her current case she finds herself unable to detach herself from the life of Catalina Barnes. She wants that life for herself and contemplates going on her own and living it. The connection of her case to others is creepy, and she doesn’t know what is going on. She also finds herself torn with the emotions of Catalina’s boyfriend and those of her ex-boyfriend.
This book is definitely one that will make you think. There were so many times that I shook my head and thought this is not healthy. My heart broke for Quinn not ever being allowed to live much of a life of her own. Being a closer is all she’s known, and she wants more. I couldn’t understand why families would want someone to live their child’s life. I think that would cause more harm than good.
The ending completely blew my mind and had me questioning everything. Is anything in Quinn’s life real? Who can she trust to keep her best interests at heart?
While not much action-wise happens in this installment, it’s a definite must for the world of The Program.
On to the narrator….
Rebekkah Ross did a great job of making you feel like you were in the story. She nailed Quinn’s emotions and confusion. Her voice for the male parts was distinguished and you didn’t get confused about who was speaking. I will definitely be looking for more books read by Ross.
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