Review: The Program
First line: “The air in the room tastes sterile.”
In a future where teen suicide has become an epidemic, Sloane and James watch out for each other. But when they lose yet another close friend, they find themselves finding it harder and harder to hide the signs of depression. If they are noticed they can be sent to The Program, where depression is cured, but the “returners” are left with giant holes in their memories and come back not recognizing their closest friends. Sloane and James’s relationship is about to be put through the test. Can they will themselves to remember each other? Will they find each other again if they can’t?
My thoughts: The subject of suicide is important to me, and I think it should be discussed more often and openly, especially with teens. I wondered how Suzanne Young would be able to make a future filled with teens in deep depressions and making tough decisions into a meaningful story without making light of the subject.
To be completely honest, I didn’t have super high hopes for this book, but I was pretty surprised by it. In the beginning, I got a little concerned because it is very depressing, like wading through a thick swamp of emotion. But the way Young used the psychiatrist interviews to reveal Sloane’s past I felt was very well done, and later on in the book there is some hope, a little light at the end of the tunnel, and an interesting question about what’s really going on and who, if anyone, is really the enemy in this story. I will be looking out for the next book in the series.
Kept me interested: 3/5
Overall rating: 3/5