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.
Includes a bonus interview with the author.
©2013 Suzanne Young (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
Great read for those of us who do not trust the government. Ms. Young really puts you in the action. Loved the entire book.
"The Program" is okay. I give it 3/5 stars. The written/spoken style of the book is fantastic. However: it's a little slow in some parts, didn't spend too much time in the Program, and I personally don't care for love stories-if it is a small part of the book it is okay-but that is what the book is all about.
There was another person who posted that they listened to the book in two days. Me too! I listened to it in bed, in the car, when I woke up, while I was on the toilet... I HAD to know what happened next. I almost bought a text version thinking I could read it faster than I could listen.
Some people didn't like the voice of the performer but I thought she did a decent job. She didn't over-perform which I find very annoying but she still added in laughs and inflection where appropriate. The thing to keep in mind is that throughout there is an undercurrent of fear inside and outside the characters speaking so narrating the story in an overly enthused way would seem out of place with the story.
I highly recommend all around!
I hate reading, but I have to read 2 books by the end of my semester for my English class. I couldn't stay focused so I purchased the audiobook and it really helped. It helped me stay on track and I finished the whole book in 2 days!
I really liked the book, it was thought provoking and left you pondering the question, is it better to know or not to know, is better to remember or to completely forget. There are arguments for both sides and I liked the way that it freed you to ponder questions and provoke debate.
This book didn't whisk me away and it had dark undertones, it was not the kind of book that I would read over and over, I really believe that once was enough. I would, however recommend this book to friends and family!
The book was centered around Slone, it was interesting to see how she evolved before, during, and after the Program.
Joy Osmanski had a rather monotone voice, but for this type of novel I really believe that it worked. She was pleasant and I would listen to her again.
I feel an ache in my heart, but I can't remember why...
This book had a garden of Eden like premise, only backward.
Slone knows everything, she feels the pain of the past and that pain fills her with desperation.
When she enters the Program she forgets herself and her pain... is she better or worse for it? It is a hard question to answer.
I was conflicted by the feelings that I had for Slone's mother, who believed she was doing her daughter justice by sending her to the program, but in the process she was not allowing her daughter to grieve or grow as a person.
I enjoyed the twist at the end... without giving to much away, I wondered if all of these individuals were in on it... it was interesting and unexpected.
The Program ranks on my list as #3 best audiobook series I have listen too! Great for a car trip to GA!
The program itself is a great and twisted thought!
Joy brings the story to another of a heart moving story a couple is not allowed to be together after the program and find each other still!
I was creeped out about Roger and I did laugh once of twice also was on the edge of my seat the entire time!
GREAT! AMAZING! HEARTBREAK! CREEPY! ILOVEITSOMUCH Cant wait for book 2 !
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