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The Program by Suzanne Young
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Aug 13, 13

Read from August 01 to 02, 2013

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The Program is a book I went to not really knowing what to expect. I hadn't read many reviews for it, so I was unsure of what was awaiting me in between the pages of this book. I was completely blown away by the emotional impact that The Program had on me which made it a YA dystopian that really stuck out to me.

More than anything, The Program was a heavily character driven story and although that should have bothered me a little, it didn't. In fact, I welcomed the change. The characters in The Program were intricate, complex and full of depth. There weren't particularly exceptional, but the way they were written made them beautiful characters. Sloane, the main character, was one I immediately connected with. She had witnessed a lot in her short life and she was handling all of it with a brave face. Sloane was a character I admired for her strength. Not only had she observed people around her being dragged away to The Program, but she had also been an eye-witness to her brother's suicide. She was full of pain and grief, but because she didn't want to be sent away to The Program, she refused to break down.

To stand by Sloane was James, her brother's best friend and her boyfriend. James was the kind of love interest that I adore in my books ; sweet, down-to-earth and caring. He was really witty at times and made me feel like I had butterflies in my stomach with the things her said. James too had witnessed his best friend commit suicide and was dealing with the guilt of not being able to save him. He too put on a brave face for the sake of Sloane because he had promised her that he would take care of her forever. Another character that I really loved in The Program was Miller. Although short-lived, Miller's character had such an emotional impact on me. I heart just broke when I found out about his situation and I wanted nothing more than for him to be happy. But the world they were living in wasn't so bright and rosy to hope for a happy ending for every character. The one character that made me too uncomfortable was Realm. He gave me creepy negative vibes throughout the book and I was constantly doubtful of his intentions. All in all, the characters in The Program were well fleshed out and I loved getting to know them.

Like I've said, The Program wasn't heavy on the plot despite it being a dystopian novel. It did feel more like an introduction to the characters and to The Program itself, but I wasn't unsatisfied, because I got out of this book an emotionally intense romance. I was left with questions when it came to the world-building, especially as how to the suicide epidemic came to be and who was behind The Program. I'm hoping that these will be answered in the next installment. The atmosphere throughout the book was tense and kept me on the edge. In Sloane's world, suicide is a contagious epidemic found in teenagers and the only way to treat yourself is to go through The Program, which basically gets rid of selective memories of your past life that might have lead you to a depression. It was a dark and bleak world and Suzanne Young captured that essence of gloominess and hopelessness masterfully. The characters' emotions and feelings were so palpable that I had a lump in my throat while reading.

What I loved about The Program though was the romance between James and Sloane. When we meet them their relationship had been already established for some time now, but that didn't mean that we don't get to experience how their romance developed. There were flash backs strewn across the book to help with that. I don't know what it was about it that made me love it so much. James and Sloane were rocks to each other, acting as pillars for their significant others. So many times in YA romances I can't really feel the love between the couple, but this wasn't the case with The Program. Suzanne Young's writing had that nice flow to it that made it effortless to read the book. It was also very captivating and I kept telling myself "one more chapter", but then kept reading on until my eyelids were heavy.

You have to know that The Program had a lot of romance as compared to the usual dystopian. If you go into the book expecting more of a plot, you will be disappointed. At the core, The Program was a story about true love in a futuristic setting. I was amazed by how much I ended up loving this book and I for one, can't wait for the next book to come out already. I highly recommend The Program to those of you looking for an intense romantic book that will make you feel all the feels!
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08/01/2013 page 90
22.0% "This is quite intriguing." 2 comments
08/01/2013 page 204
50.0% "This book is really sad! :("
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