The Program

The Program

Book - 2013
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When suicide becomes a worldwide epidemic, the only known cure is The Program, a treatment in which painful memories are erased, a fate worse than death to seventeen-year-old Sloane who knows that The Program will steal memories of her dead brother and boyfriend.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, [2013]
New York : Simon Pulse, 2013
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
Copyright Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781442445826
1442445823
9781442445802
1442445807
Branch Call Number: YA YOUNG
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 22 cm

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AL_KATI Aug 08, 2016

TBH, I loved the world building of this novel, but the character development and plot weren't enough to keep me reading the rest of the series.

Kaya_D Jul 24, 2016

Like every dystopian future book ever (evil corrupted government, scary people who work for the government, etc). The characters were bland and the story was so typical. I knew what was going to happen from the start. I did read this book quickly, but I just skimmed through it so I could confirm what I thought would happen. The Program wasn't really thought-provoking to me; I didn't bother reading the sequel.

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huddybuddy
Jul 17, 2016

I must say I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel sad, angry, joyful and felt frighteningly real! Even though Sloane and James had to keep their feelings kept hidden away, the book had more emotion, than any other book I've read. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys emotional, romantic and real feeling books.

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scissornose
Jun 14, 2016

I've enjoyed this book -- will continue the series

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blue_oyster_25
Mar 14, 2016

A perfect blend of realism and profound creativity. Sad and heartbreaking yet compelling and beautiful with an all around powerful message. The whole premise felt fritghtingly real. These are words I would use to describe the program.

As I was reading this book I was pleasantly overwhelmed with emotion.It filled me with Joy, Sadness, Anger, and Fear. It made me smile, laugh, and at times even cry. In fact one of the things I loved most about this book is that it made me feel emotions I've never actually felt in real life.

I would reccomend this book to anyone who's ever felt depressed or had their heart broken. Truth be told I would even reccomend this book to someone who's never gone through these challenges but simply wants to really feel something. However if your looking for a happy light-hearted read or you just don't feel mature enough, I would wait on this. The rest of you I promise you, you will love this.

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withthebutterflies
Jan 22, 2016

The Program by Suzanne Young is yet another utopia gone wrong.

In the Program, Sloane and her boyfriend, James, suffer from and hide their depression. Depression and suicide is an epidemic, and anyone showing any signs of negative/harmful emotions are sent to the Program, a 6-week camp where your mind is twisted and tampered with until you come back a brand new person. It seems ideal, to have the pain taken away – except that once you come back, you’re not you anymore, and you are missing key memories from your life.

When Sloane and James’ best friend ends his life, James’ reaction is so severe, their very futures could be torn apart.

Sent away to have her mind wiped, Sloane fights as hard as she can to keep her memories – but can her love for James survive the Program?

KC Rating: 4/5

For a book dealing with suicide and depression, it is very well written. I wouldn’t recommend it to readers who suffer from depression or who have been impacted by suicide recently.

The book was a page turner, and it took me around 3 days to read it. I am looking forward to finishing the trilogy.

check out my blog for more book reviews!
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Nvfera
Nov 24, 2015

I have to be honest..the first couple chapters were almost depressing to the point where I considered not finishing the book so I decided to put it aside for a day to see if I thought about the story or not. To my surprise I actually couldn't stop thinking about it so I decided to finish the book and boy am I glad that I did. The book is absolutely amazing and I was very happy with the ending. Within a few hours of finishing the first book I went on a hunt for the second book "The Treatment". Thoroughly enjoyed the book and looking forward to reading the second! Absolutely love the characters!

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maroon_moose_31
Jun 14, 2015

I liked this book a lot. No, not liked. LOVED. It made me really angry an upset and sad, but I loved it. I think the sign of a good book is if it can make you fell emotions that even real life hasn't made you feel before. I couldn't put the book down. I mean COULD NOT. You know those books where you just take them everywhere with you, even if you know you won't have time to read it? This is one of them. Highly recommended (but not if you don't want to cry, scream, yell, sob, yell again) It's wonderful.

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Kenzie_13
Mar 28, 2015

A wonderful book that always has you wondering what will happen next!

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anamariabarbul
Jan 14, 2015

This book made me smile, and laugh, and occasionally internally sob. The action is well plotted, and there is some great character development. Apart from certain questionable aspects of the events/ characters (trying my hardest to not reveal major spoilers, sorry everyone) it was a great read, I found myself constantly desiring to pick it up and I could barely put it back down.

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“You're right, you know," he says. "You're just right for me. And I'd bet my life that we've done this before. Because I can't imagine that I wouldn't have fallen in love with you the first time.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“After all, suicide is contagious.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“He's tender and defenceless, as if every part of him is exposed. He's not the asshole I thought he was, not even close. What I see is someone broken and fierce. Someone loyal and hardened. Someone who could belong to me completely, and me to him.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“I'm so alone it's like being dead but still conscious”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“You know I'm never going to be able to not kiss you again, right?" he said. "For the rest of my life, every time I look at you, I'll have to kiss you.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“If it's meant to be, you'll find each other again.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“...some things are better left in the past. And true things are destined to repeat themselves.”

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Nvfera
Nov 24, 2015

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maroon_moose_31
Jul 08, 2014

maroon_moose_31 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 19

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Jun 01, 2013

Saphira728 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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nwind98
Jul 24, 2013

Sexual Content: This title contains sexual content.

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nwind98
Jul 24, 2013

Coarse Language: This title contains coarse language.

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KirkLeaf
Aug 13, 2013

As posted by emilyswartzer (no credit to me):
Suicide is an international epidemic. The only way to prevent it is The Program. You go willingly or unwillingly. They erase your mind. Sloane's brother, Brady, jumped off a cliff. Her parents will do anything to keep her alive. Even if it means putting her in The Program. Two of her best friends: James and Miller, will do anything to stay out of The Program. So when Miller learns that The Program is coming for him,he takes QuikDeath. Weeks later, Sloane's boyfriend James is taken. After a month or two, James comes back. Except he doesn't remember Sloane. His memory is wiped. Sloane's sadness over James lands her in The Program, and it's her parent's fault. Will she make it out with her memory? Or will she lose it all?

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