“LOVED IT :D Had me since the first page, I just wanted to dive in and I was not disappointed, amazing characters and great plot!!! The cliffhanger though!!! Gimme the second book lol ^_^”Ana wrote this review Friday, August 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have been excited for this book ever since I first laid eyes on the cover. I didn't have to read the synopsis to know that this was one I was going to have to get my hands on. I am glad the hype I built for myself was not let down.
This is dystopian, but it has some very thought provoking themes. Suicide as an epidemic? My first thought was "What the heck?" I loved the world that Young created for us. What if adults so desperate to save they young generation took everything that could cause any kind of pain from your memory? Your experiences are part of you, so in their attempt to cure you actually just took a piece and that was it. To me the idea really made me think.
They teens are terrified to show emotions. They really can't or they will be taken to The Program. The soluton or so they say. How can a person not get depressed when you are not allowed to grieve or be sad? You can't trust anyone, not even your parents, because that is a one way ticket to The Program also. This is what our main character must face every day! This is her new normal.
Our MC is one couldn't help but like. She tries to say strong and protect those left that she holds dear, but at the same time she had to deal with the losses she suffered in secret. She keeps going. She is determined. I also loved how much of a fighter she was. most would give up at some point but she keeps going until the end.
This is a great new dystopian. It is a breath of fresh air in originality for a dystopian. The twist at the end was enough to make me want more. For all you dystopian lovers, this is one for you!”
“really good i can't wait for the sequal”Samantha wrote this review Friday, August 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow, I think this book has now moved into the top spot for my favourite YA book of 2013!
In this dystopian world, the suicide rate amongst teenagers is on the rise, with one out of every three teens succumbing to the tragedy. Scientists have failed to determine the cause and have speculated that it could be due to pesticides used in the production of food or contaminants in vaccines. They believe the most likely cause is due to overuse of anti-depressants in the generation of the parents, which has altered the chemical makeup of their offspring making them more prone to depression.
The protagonist is Sloane Barstow, a 17 year-old teenage girl whose school district in Oregon has established a program where students are observed closely for any changes in their manner or disposition that could signal the threat of depression. If a person is exhibiting any such symptoms, they are flagged and handlers are called in to take the “infected” student to a treatment facility. The patient will be subjected to a cocktail of pills that will strip away the troubling memories that are affecting their mood. The Program generally lasts about six weeks, and then the patient is released but is not permitted to mingle unsupervised with the regular teens. These patients, referred to as “returners,” attend high school with other returners and will remain there until graduation. If they wish to visit with friends, they can do so at the Wellness Centre while being chaperoned by a handler. Once the teens turn 18 years of age, they cannot be forced into treatment.
Sloane’s brother, Brady, committed suicide when she was 15 years old. Her boyfriend, James Murphy, was Brady’s best friend and he is the only person who is holding Sloane together. He keeps reminding her that they cannot show any vulnerability and must hide their true feelings or risk being flagged. When one of Sloane’s friends is forced into treatment, it sets off a chain-reaction from which there is no turning back. Fearing for the safety of their only remaining child, Sloane’s parents call in the handlers to have her taken away. Sloane is adamant that they will not succeed in erasing her memories, and she is desperate to hold onto her identity.
The Program is one of those books that just grabbed me from the get-go and never let me go! The concept of being taken against one’s will into a program that would brainwash me is so frightening. A teenager wouldn’t be able to trust anyone. What a way to live! Young created a gripping, emotional story with a sweet romance that has me yearning for more! I cannot wait to read the sequel, The Treatment, which is expected to be released in April 2014. That seems so far away, so I’m definitely planning to check out her A Need So Beautiful series while I wait. Just a caution out there for the parents: There is sexual content, so I would recommend this one only for those at the upper end of the teen range.
“He said that some things are better left in the past and true things are destined to repeat themselves.”
This is my second narration by Joy Osmanski, and she was bang-on! She captured Sloane’s emotions perfectly, and she made it very hard for me to put this book down.
I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. ”
“Book #31 for 2013: The book was all about the rising suicide rate among teenagers and how The Program is touted as the cure for depression / suicide. The Program is designed to erase harmful memories, leaving the patient with a somewhat clean slate after leaving the facility.
This was so inhumane and so sad. I was so engrossed with the book, I read it in one sitting (and I haven't done that in such a long time). I cannot wait for the next installment.
I end my A-Z Challenge with this book. 2013 A-Z Challenge, accepted and done. :)”
“This book was way better than I expected. I loved A Need so Beautiful, the author first YA book. This book, part of a new series, has a unique premise to a near-future dystopia where suicide is an epidemic. It wasn’t futuristic or post-apocalyptic. It was more of a contemporary dystopia, with psychological disorders, mainly depression, being the issue. The 1st part of the book is set in normal seemingly modern Oregon, and in high school. The second part is in a metal health facility that’s part of the program. And later on in part three, I can’t tell you where it’s set.
The characters are pretty interesting, even if they seem helpless in parts, their hearts are strong. The main character is Sloane (how do you even pronounce that name? Such a strange name for a girl, also seen in the book This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers, the character Sloane was suicidal). She’s madly in love with James, and they’ve been in a relationship for the past 2 years. James was her brother best friend before that. Her brother died over a year and a half ago. They seem like an awesome couple.
So when their other friend commits suicide, James becomes depressed and is flagged. The Program’s handlers come and take him away. Sloane can only hope that he’ll remember her when he comes back in 6 weeks. Because the Program erases your memories. The cure is getting rid of the memories that supposedly are causing the depression. But they also take away good ones that go along with the bad.
When Sloane ends up in the program herself, there’s nothing she can do to escape. She must survive a program and make sure she doesn’t forget everything, especially not James. I felt so sad for her. Her personality and voice are so strong, but she was helpless. She made friends with Mike Realm, playing card and he really helped her through. The story was so compelling and emotional. There was some romance later on, but mostly just her memories of James.
If you’ve read Delirium for Lauren Oliver, this book had that sort of feel. And world where you can’t show your true emotions or they’ll try to “cure” you or send you away. Love was a disease in Delirium. Sadness, grief, anger and depression are the disease here. Depression may be a mental disorder, but treatments these days don’t go to the extremes this book’s near-future world does. Also other parts of this book reminded me of Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles) and In The After (part 2 of the book). Any book about brainwashing or memories. I recommend this book if you like any ones I mentioned.
Cover Art Review: Nice, simple, clean and fitting for the book. The couple, the pill and the stark white hallway. I love the cover under the dust jacket too. You see the couple’s faces. They look very familiar. Wonder if they were on any other book covers.
“The teenage suicide rate has ballooned to 33%, making it a national epidemic. No one knows the reason for the growth, but scientists have concluded that suicide is contagious. Teens are constantly watched and monitored by their parents and their teachers. They are not allowed to cry or grieve for their family and friends who have died. Teens who show the slightest sign of being sad or depressed are “flagged” and taken away by handlers, where they are put in “The Program”, a six-week pilot program aimed at getting rid of inappropriate feelings and emotions that could lead to death. Those teenagers come back into society as “returners”--with cleansed memories, but to their parents, they are healthy and emotionally sound.
Sloane Barstow lost her brother, Brady, who drowned himself; her best friend, Lacey, is taken and put into The Program. When Sloane’s childhood friend, Miller, commits suicide by drinking poison, she is terrified that she and her boyfriend, James, will be flagged. Both of them hide their feelings and try to act like Miller’s death has not affected them. James promises that he will keep he and Sloane safe and out of The Program, but ultimately, he is not able to do so.
The Program is beginning of a promising and engaging dystopian series. The novel is extremely character-driven, told in first person by Sloane Barstow. Through her eyes, readers are able to see the fear that teens feel at losing their friends, both to suicide and to The Program. Parents are desperate to save their children at all costs. Doctors and nurses employed by The Program display ruthlessness bordering on child abuse, using force, coercion, over-medication, and manipulation to achieve desired results. Teens are powerless and have no rights. It is they against adults/the government.
James is the perfect boyfriend—handsome, thoughtful, and funny. He would go to the ends of the earth for Sloane, who is stronger than she thinks. Even they are only teenagers, their love feels fresh and real. Although James promises that he will keep them both safe, it is Sloane who must pretend that everything is fine. It is heart breaking and devastating when James is taken, because Sloane knows that when he returns he won’t remember her or what they had together.
I really felt that the true theme of The Program is that love conquers all, and that some people are just destined to be together. Readers won’t be able to resist the romance in the novel or the love triangle that occurs later in the book. I highly recommend it for high school and public libraries.
Reviewer’s note: The copy of the book reviewed was a digital ARC received from Edelweiss Above the Treeline in exchange for an honest review.
“4. 1/2 Stars
Thank Good for authors and their brilliant imaginations that never cease to amaze me, and when their stories are beautifully brought to life, you can have less than a winner :)”
“In a world where suicide has become an epidemic, The Program is the only answer. But when you enter into the program, all your feelings will be erased so you cannot feel anymore. By Lily”Grade Seven wrote this review Tuesday, June 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow. If you’re looking for something that will hook you and won’t let you go until the end, this is the book for you.
Sloane lives in an alternate version of the U.S., where suicide has become an epidemic. The only cure is The Program. Kids are closely monitored for symptoms and tagged when they are thought to be at risk. That’s when they are taken to The Program. Sloane and her boyfriend, James, try their best to put on a brave face, but the painful memories of her brother’s suicide still haunt them. I was not expecting this to suck me in the way it did. I listened to nearly the entire audiobook in one day, almost in one sitting. It was riveting. Young’s characters are real and raw. Her plot twists were awesome, and her writing was engaging the whole time. When I began listening, I expected another dystopia that was a copy of all the others out there, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how great this book is. It took me a little time to get used to the narration. After I got into it, I couldn’t stop listening. She did a great job with the character voicing and the flow. By the end, I just felt like I was listening to Sloane tell me a story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves thrilling, twisting plots that also contain a dose of sentimentality. I’ll be picking up the next one as soon as I can get my hands on it.”