Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: The Program

 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.

I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy this book so much. I liked the character development, the plot, the writing…there wasn’t really anything I didn’t like about this book!
In a futuristic world where teenage suicide is an epidemic, the main character Sloane lives with her friends where they are trying to survive deep depression and not getting sent to The Program where their memories get wiped. I enjoyed the relationships in the book because they seemed real and I liked how everyone was trying to keep each other from killing themselves. It felt extremely real and raw.
I felt all the feels in this book. The deaths were heart wrenching and the romance was heart breaking as well. The writing was so good in the way that while Sloane was in The Program, you could track her progress just by reading her thoughts. I liked how the author kept her personality the same although her memories of a bunch of stuff were gone.
I’m so excited for the second book to come out. I read the epilogue and I was like, “Oh my God, what the hell is going on?” Yeah. Be prepared.
5 stars!

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