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The Remedy

(The Program #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  5,128 ratings  ·  674 reviews
In 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
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Simon Pulse (first published August 1st 2014)
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nira I think you should read The Program duology first before reading The Remedy duology. The epilogue of The Remedy will make much more sense if you have…moreI think you should read The Program duology first before reading The Remedy duology. The epilogue of The Remedy will make much more sense if you have read The program and The treatment first.(less)
Jennifer Yes, it's called the Epidemic and it comes out April 2016.

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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
"Grief can be contagious."

If you're looking for an emotionally-scarring, mind-jarring dystopian read, The Remedy is the book for you! With its intriguing plot, honest characters and heart-wrenching romance, surely you're going to want to read this.

Admittedly, there wasn't much going on in this novel as a whole. I believe that it's more of a build up for the sequel, The Epidemic. That being said, this book read more like a realistic fiction novel rather than a dystopian most of the time. But th
C.G. Drews
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This one was wandering around the 3-star range for me...and then WELL HELLO TO THAT EPILOGUE. How can 3 pages change everything so suddenly and horrendously?! AHHHHH. Basically this book is rather incredible and fully emotional but I had a few scowling moments at it. Oh, hold onto your socks, my friends, I SHALL TELL ALL. Give me a second.

Firstly: You could read this as a standalone. It's a prequel to The Program duology. I read The Program and then the sequel, The Treatment, before reading The
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.)

“Aaron Rios and I are closers – a remedy for grief-stricken families.”

This was the best book of this series so far for me, and I actually enjoyed it.

I liked Quinn in this story, she had a really tough job, and her father pushed her so hard all the time. The way she was thrust into the homes of people recently bereaved and expected to make them feel better did not so
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good third book to the Program series but I would have loved to have more on Catalina’s past. The mystery of how she died was, in my opinion, the most interesting aspect of the story. I started this series many years ago when I was an undergrad and suicide clusters, suicide as a learned behavior, and as an epidemic called to me. However, now I have a doctorate in Psychology and the premise of having a closer for grieving families is a bit unsettling to me. I guess it could have just been ...more
Lilyan (Little Yams)
Aug 07, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: gimme-gimme
When I found out this was a thing:

I want to devourer this book nomnom. (not literally because it would ruin the beautiful pages)

Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Suzanne Young's The Program series is one of my all-time favorite dystopian books. It wasn't only a unique book, but it also tackled mental health issues. The ship in those books also had my heart aching with how beautiful it was. There were still some major questions unanswered at the end of the duology though, so when I found out that there was going to be a prequel to the series, I was beyond ecstatic. The Remedy was yet another thrilling novel from this very talented author.

The Remedy has th
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Sue (Hollywood News Source)
In a society before The Program there was closers.

Their number one sacred rule is don’t get attached.

A closer is the hired person by the family who is grieving. It’s the closer’s job to pretend and take the deceased person’s place and give the family the closure they want to attain.

Due to the order of the higher ups, Quinn was sent to a family to pretend to be Catalina Barnes. She had a perfect life, a boyfriend, a loving parent and a sister. But her occupational hazard came a very high price.

Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Young has quickly become a favorite of mine with her imaginative, creative, and sometimes heartbreaking worlds and charismatic characters. So it was without a hint of nervousness that I picked this up, eager for more set in the same world as her Treatment series.

Young once again managed to come up with something imaginative and so well written that the words seemed to flow off the page and sweep you up in their warm current and carry you away.

The idea behind The Remedy was both fascinating and
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars, sagas
Jajajaja, comencé con el tercero. Loca como siempre. Pero bueno, fue interesante. El concepto de los finalizadores, como sustitutos luego de que alguien muere fue algo nuevo, que no había leído antes. Y me gustó, ahora quedé con varias dudas, ¿a qué epidemia se refiere el doctor y cómo ella sería la cura? Pero bueno, tendré que leer los otros libros.
Gaby (lookingatbooks)
Book one in the prequel series of The Program

“Deacon was good, too-almost as good as me. His charisma draws people in, even if it's only a facade.”

Woah. This book took me by storm. I didn't expect to be this intrigued or to find myself ranting about the story when I finished. Honestly, I read this because I loved The Program and The Treatment. But now I'm questioning if I like The Remedy, out of all the books, best.

Reading this in the beginning was incredibly hard. Sloane and James's story hadn
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An audiobook version of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are my own. This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

So, I've gone through a whole gamut of emotions where this series -- and most especially this book -- is concerned. I loved The Program was so different from anything I'd read before. I was a tiny bit disappointed with the follow-up because The Treatment  didn't pack the punch that the first book did, but overall
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My mind is blown.

This entire series has been one of my favorites and I was so excited when I found out Suzanne was going to write more. As always, Suzanne didn't disappoint with this story

I loved Quinn and her emotions are palpable throughout the entire story. And oh, what a roller coaster. This book had me giggling, swooning, and there was some definite heartfail.

The ending had a huge twist that I never saw coming and I don't even know what to say. If you liked the other books in this series,
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, reviewed
Whoa. I don't even know what to say. The Remedy was disturbing. It unnerved me. The entire story's context just made me cringe it was so creepy. My obvious discomfort aside it was well written and interesting. Oh and that freaking twist!!!???? I can't even try to talk about that! Seriously what the hell?????

Grief counseling goes a step further in The Remedy by introducing us to closers. A closer is someone who is hired on a short-term basis to role play as your dearly deceased and give you the o
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is more of a 3.5ish stars. The story as a whole was a little slow, and entirely creepy. BUT THAT EPILOGUE THOUGH. That's what got me. Hook, line & sinker!
Alja Katuin
Ik denk dat ik deze zelfs beter vond dan die andere twee delen.. though deel 1 was ook goed, maar 2? Blergh.
HOLY SHIT. I stayed awake till nearly 3 in the morning because I could not put down this book! I am a huge fan of Suzanne Young's "The Program" and "The Treatment". That series is one of my favorite series of all time, so it is an understatement to say I was excited when I heard this prequel was coming out! I was a little skeptical going into this just because I wasn't sure if I would like this book as much as The Program, and I didn't want this book to ruin my love and appreciation for this ser ...more
Colleen Houck
I'm embarrassed about how long it took me to figure out this was a prequel. Then, when I did, everything slid into its proper place. Really interesting to read about how everything went down. My favorite scene was at the end when we find out all the secrets!
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
To say I loved Suzanne Young's The Program and The Treatment is an understatement. Those books messed with my head in the best of ways. I had a strong 'what came first the chicken or the egg' feel the whole time I was reading. It was the best of both worlds as it was real world with just a tiny twist to make it not 100% reality. It was flawless and perfect and amazing and I didn't think I could love the story any more than I did. And then The Remed
I was so set on writing a rant review because I thought I'd be able to comprehend the book. I had it planned out.
W T F. (Honestly that looks like the days on a calendar. huh)
Can someone just give me this book pls bc edelweiss hates me and I just rly want it ok :(
I read the first seven chapters, which is probably around the first 82 pages of the
This book is really good so far. Personally, it's taking a little longer to get into the conflict of the story compared to the first two books in the series. But besides this, the book has still fully grasped my attention.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O MIJN GOD. Wát een boek! Beste uit de serie tot nu toe. Dit verhaal zit zó knap in elkaar en zeker op het eind is het gewoon compleet mindblowing! Het geeft een geweldig beeld van hoe het hele Programma begonnen is en de worldbuilding daarvan is zo huiveringwekkend sterk, mede door het perspectief. Echt zo goed. Heb nu spontaan The Epidemic en The Adjustment in het Engels gekocht en The Complication vooruitbesteld want dit is zo’n waanzinnige serie dat ik absoluut verder wil lezen! Uitgebreide ...more
A copy of this novel was provided by Simon & Schuster Australia for review.

OKAY, I was all ready to cry and wail and flail and hiss and kind of boo before doing some research.

WHY was I all ready to cry etc etc etc? Because this book ended SO openly and there were NO answers to any of the MANY questions that The Remedy raised. Seriously. When I finished it at 11pm after pretty much devouring it in one day, I actually just lay there in my bed, mouth open and “WTF” on my tongue. Because I freak
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: gimme-2015-k
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5. How many times do you think you can "spin off" a series? And why do prequels exist again? REVIEW TO COME.

Surprise, I didn't hate it. In fact, if we're talking about the plot served, I'd say I was rather engaged the entire time (which is saying something what with all the bores I've given up on lately). Before I come back and break it down, here are some things to consider:

1. Not a fan of the whole prequel thing.
2. Linked to number one, I guess a pro is you save time with
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
In a world before the program....

Quinn temporarily plays the role of a loved one that has died. She can literally become anyone. By changing clothes, hair, her voice, the way she acts and etc. She is called a closer. A remedy for grief stricken families to get over/or have closure of their loved ones death. As long as u got some major cash u can hire a closer.

A family has hired Quinn. Their daughter Catalina has died. Her parents are beyond grief stricken as well as her boyfriend Isaac.
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reread
I’m shocked I’ve never written a review for this book. I read it for the first time almost 2 1/2 years ago and I’m still amazed by this story. This book and the next one (so far) are my favorites in the series. There is just something to Suzanne Young’s writing that gets to me. Whether I’m listening or physically reading this book, I become overwhelmed with emotions. The characters are so good and I never know what I’d do if I were in Quinn’s place. The ending, per usual, was fabulous and even t ...more
Daphne Hartman
Gaaf boek dit! Echt een leuke toevoeging aan de serie. Ik denk dat je dit boek zelfs nog helemaal los zou kunnen lezen van de serie al wordt er af en toe wel verwezen naar dingen die je al hebt gelezen. De onthulling aan het einde van het verhaal was ook erg gaaf. Tussendoor dacht ik al een keer: "het zal toch niet?" en uiteindelijk bleek het wel zo te zijn. Wel zit ik nog met vragen die uiteindelijk niet zijn beantwoord, dat is wel jammer!
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
De volledige recensie lees je hier.
Oct 03, 2017 added it
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The plot twist to end all plot twists.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was weeeeiiiiiiirrrrrdddddd. Like really weird. Which I guess I should have expected because this book is about a girl who pretends to be a dead person as a form of therapy to the grieving family members. It was weird and uncomfortable in some areas. At least for me. Quinn is a great character and I enjoyed reading her POV but after a while it got really boring. I've read The Program and The Treatment so I could tell where some plot points were going so it wasn't as exciting as I had hoped ...more
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Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program, The Treatment, and several other novels. She currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches high school English and obsesses about books. Learn more about Suzanne at

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The Program (6 books)
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