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Program 13

(The Emile Reed Chronicles #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Recommended for fans of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse!

Two identities. One Body.
17-year-old Emile Reed, may have died, but she isn't dead. Her body now belongs to Program Thirteen, where her every thought, every movement, is controlled. Until Emile begins to find her way back inside of Thirteen's core, where she manages to fend off Thirteen’s programming to reclaim the life that
Paperback, Second, 316 pages
Published August 15th 2012 (first published June 11th 2011)
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Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Program 13 by Nicole Sobon
Book One of the Emily Reed Chronicles
Publication Date: August 15, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Bought from Amazon

***Old review; original review posted HERE on November 4, 2012***


Two identities. One Body.

17-year-old Emile Reed, may have died, but she isn't dead. Her body now belongs to Program Thirteen, where her every thought, every movement, is controlled. Until Emile begins to find her way back inside of Thirteen's
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
I don't like being harsh in my reviews, but this was not a good book. The writing style really left something to be desired, and the story just felt very rough and unfinished. A good book/story needs the fine tuning that this was not given. The idea was/is a good one, but it just wasn't followed through very well. ...more
Michaela Schoonover
Jul 04, 2011 marked it as to-read
This almost sounds like a mixture of The Host by Stephenie Meyer and The Cold Awakening series by Robin Wasserman. I'm excited to read it! (: ...more
Gary Butler
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
23rd book read in 2011.

number 193 out of 227 on my all time book list.

Follow the link below to see my video review:
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
It was really hard for me to even finish this book it didn't flow well and was boring. ...more
Elizabeth McDaniel
Emile Reed has a harrowing existence as she was turned into Program 13. As her brother Hayden desperately tries to free her from her nightmare, her creator was too determined to retrieve her. This story had me on the edge of my seat as Emile clinged to her former identity and tried to stay out of Vesta Corps reach with the help of her new ally as they fought off the danger constantly coming for them. Interesting and intriguing read

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am volunta
Rose Brown
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excitingly original tale
“Program 13” is a tale of a girl, Emile, who was murdered so that her body could be used to create an android called Program 13 by a scientist of the Vesta Corp. This is a dark tale of power, malice, deception, deceit, lies, and abuse, with a twisted, shocking cliffhanger. What will the next installment hold?

I received a free copy of this book. This review was posted voluntarily
Oct 17, 2020 marked it as read-e-books  ·  review of another edition
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full review posted as part of the Program 13 blog tour at this link

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

I read the prequel novella to this story - Program 12 - and really enjoyed it, so I was super excited at a chance to participate in the blog tour for Program 13! The book tells the story of Emile Reed, who has died and been brought back to life as a "Program". Charles McVeigh of Vesta Corp is determined to create the perfect race of h
Nanette Bradford
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This book starts out with a young girl leaving her boyfriends house late at night. Walking home, she gets hit by a car and no one is ever told what had happened to her other than her immediate family. This was because she was needed. Her family was convinced to give her body over to Vesta Corp in the name of science.

Then comes The evil scientist like man Charles McVeigh. McVeigh is a bitter man and along with his sidekick in crime Douglas Todd, they set out to extinguish the human race and re
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Emile knows she isn't alone in her body. In fact her other side Program 13 is on top at first. She was a real girl but died and sent to Vesta Corp for research and study. Now the two battle for control after Emile living part is set free. Besides the struggle to stay on top Emile also has to deal with Charles McVeigh hunting her down after she escaped. He has to much invested in her to let her be free. She is on the run and in danger to bad for them they programmed her to be strong.

Emile is a c
Stephanie Ward
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

'Program 13' is the first book in a young adult science fiction series that follows Emile Reed as she is killed and then turned into a Program - a robot that has the appearance of being human. Only Emile didn't truly die that night - and now she's fighting her way into the core of the Program so she can regain her freedom from Vesta Corp and it's tyrannical owner - Charles McVeigh. There is no way that McVeigh will let her go willingly - because Emile just happens to be very different f
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think what I liked most about Program 13 is that it is so different than the books that I have been reading lately. I've been so into new adult contemporary romances that sometimes I forget how much I love sci-fi and fantasy and paranormal books. Program 13 reminded me how cool sci-fi books could be!

Emile Reed was human, and is now cutting edge technology as a computer program. And no one really knows what these computer people are capable of or why they are really here. Emile has such a uniqu
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Like I've said before, I'm not much of a Sci-Fi person, but I thought the premise was pretty cool, so I gave it a try. I love the cover and the colors go really well together. With self-published books it can be a hit or miss, but I really liked this one. You can tell that a lot of time and consideration was taken into putting it together.

As for as the story goes, I liked it, but I feel that I've read this storyline a few times. The character dies, but then becomes a robot. Her soul is still th
One of my top ten pet peeves occurred in the first eleven pages: changing tense in the same sentence. Paragraph is bad enough, but sentence? Gah! Another one of my top ten was glaring throughout. I hate, Hate, HATE it when authors beat you over the head with a particular idea or plot detail that they are terrified you are too stupid to grasp and they feel is imperative to their story. It's demeaning, repetitive and BORING... we get it already, shut UP! The editing was also a bit rubbish, not tha ...more
B at Spare Time Book Blog
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to this book when I read the summary. A book about robots an artificial intelligence...yea I'm in! I love science fiction. There was also a bit of a medical angle too with the whole making bodies into robots. I really enjoyed that part of the book. We get to know a little about Program 13 and Emile. They are kind of the same person and kind of not. It kind of reminded me of the book The Host with the two conflicting identities in one body. Emile has had kind of a tragic life. Conside ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Normally, sci-fi novels are my least favorite genre to read, but Program 13 was awesome. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I was entertained throughout. When reading this book, I thought of The Cold Awakening Series by Robin Wasserman. They have similar plots. I found Program 13 to be an easy and fun read. Also it was packed full of action. Nicole Sobon gave such great details in this story.
I loved to internal struggle that Emilie, the main charcater, continually has to fight against Progra
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I wish I could rate this higher but I find myself unable to do so. I love the premise of the book. However, I found the story flow to be disappointing. It just moves so slowly and somehow the events that happen don't feel very believable. They spend too much time talking about staying away from McVeigh and how to fight him and then never do anything much about it. I know that we'll eventually get to them doing more later on in the series but this felt like it dragged on. Subsequently, it took me ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

This was a very interesting and enjoyable read. I really liked the plot, although if I let myself think about it too much some of the details bother me. I like science fiction, and sometimes you just have to let yourself get lost in the story and forget about what may be possible. If you do that with this book it's a great read. If you are someone who picks at every detail and only accepts absolute possibilities then you may not enjoy this. I don't generally pick at every detail, but what both
Jennifer (Wonderland Books)
This book seemed a little off balance from the start. Emile, a sixteen year old girl, is hit by car and killed. She is then turned into a “Program,” a species that continues to have the appearance of a human, but is internally a robot, so to speak. These programs are said to take over the human race at some point in time. Her brother frees her from Vesta Life and uploads her human memories so that she is able to “live” again.
On her journey to escape, she almost kills Colton in the same manner t
Book Him Danno
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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review If you do then give this book a try....I'm not a huge Sci-fi fan, but as they go this is not a bad one. Robots, artificial intelligence, I would love to have a robot to do all the things I hate. But if it started to think for itself I would get concerned and worried about it taking over my life. This is a fast moving book that will keep you reading. The beginning is a nightmare for any parent....not knowing what happened to your child....yet read on and see why they can't
Cynthia E Sherman
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This was a Good Reads First Reads book giveaway.
I thought that this book is interesting. It is fast paced, with the right amount of action, drama, and suspense. The target market will NOT be bored. I can not wait till the next installment comes out. I would like to know how Emile(Program 13), Colton, and Hayden especially make out. Do they survive? Do they defeat McVeigh? Nice name choice for the bad guy, McVeigh. I feel that this book will be widely accepted and read.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh. When I finished this book, my mouth was wide open. I'm not going to say if I was happy or sad, but in some type of shock( especially the last few chapters).This book is about a teenage girl named Emile and one day, she died because of a car "accident". 3 months later she is a program in a company called Vista Life. Over all this book was amazing. ...more
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
This was amazing but the ending was such a huge cliff hanger. I really can't wait to read the next book. ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
It was good but the book stalled for me at the end because I cannot go straight to the next book in the series. Great cliffhanger ending and it will hold me over for now.
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Loved the premise, there was a bit of a lull in the middle where I was craving some action, but all in all, it was good.
Review to come during CBL book tour.
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