Series: The Program
Published by Simon Pulse
Published On: April 30, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Dystopia
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
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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.
Thoughts When I Finished:
I was happy after finishing this series. I liked how it began and I like where it finished. Over all, I was pleased.
What I Loved:
My favourite part was the romance. I loved that there was no insta-love or love triangle because our main characters were already together before the books began. It was a little sad that I didn’t get to see them meet or fall in love but it was nice at the same time to not have to go through all that drama.
I also thought this dystopian world was quite unique. I’ve never read about a world that tries to decrease suicide like that before. It probably wasn’t the brightest idea but it was really fun to read about. I liked that it talked about mental illness kind of indirectly. I find that a lot of authors don’t write about mental illness right and they make it seem trendy almost. This author did a good job with it.
What I Didn’t Like:
The only thing that lowered my ratings for these two books was that the plot was pretty predictable at times. Everything else was so unique that I was expecting a lot more. It just had the usual dystopia feel. There were also some plot holes here and there but it still got a higher rating because I had a hard time putting it down. The ending was a tiny bit disappointing but it was easy to look past.
One little thing that did bother me was that they wiped your memories to get rid of this depression. Wouldn’t that only make it worse though? I think I’d be a little depress if I couldn’t remember anything that happened previously in my life. Even with that though though, it was still a good duology.
Who I’d recommend To:
I’d recommend this duology to those who like to read about mental illness but hate having it shoved down their throats. This series touched on it nicely because there’s still enough of a plot to keep you hooked. If you’re looking for flawless world building though, then this probably isn’t the series for you.
This is a great young adult dystopia duology. The world was made more realistic for me due to the fact that mental illness awareness is growing and that’s what pushes this society into a dystopian society. It’s different in the way that our two main characters start off in love and we get to see their journey together. It’s a book I’d recommend to everyone for sure.