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.
I had heard of this book on BookTube and other bookish places on the interwebs, and I honestly had no idea what it was about. But I saw the cover and it looked interesting and I thought “yep… I’ll read that”. And so I bought it. And then I read it and now here I am struggling to write about it. Woo!
I thought that this book was so interesting and unique (at least it is to me). Basically this is a dystopian novel where teen suicide is an epidemic. Here’s a quote I prepared earlier… “Teen suicide was declared a national epidemic – killing one in three teens – nearly four years ago. It always existed before that, but seemingly overnight handfuls of my peers were jumping off building, slitting their wrists – most without any known reason.” So in order to combat that, they came up with this thing called “The Program”, which is apparently meant to treat people who are having suicidal thoughts by wiping their memory clean so they have a clean slate. Are you not intrigued?!
Anywho, I thought that this book was written really well in the way that it wasn’t extremely predictable. Most of the time I can usually guess what will happen in books, but this one just kept on shocking me time and time again. There were so many plot twists and there was always something happening which was frantastic. I also really liked how it had sort of a contemporary feel to it. I don’t normally read dystopians (or anything besides contemporary really), so it was really nice to have a dystopian that still felt like something I would normally read.
The one thing I didn’t like about it though was the bloody love triangle. Can authors not write a YA book without throwing in a second love interest? I don’t think so! I did still like the romance but it’s just so annoying when there’s two people and you’re not sure who they’ll actually end up with. I mean I looked at the other covers so I’m pretty sure I know who she ends up with, but it’s still frustrating.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was engaging, suspensful and really hits you in the feels at times! It's just an all-round good book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes dystopians. Or even if you don’t, you should read it. It’s different, weird, depressing and just so good! I will definitely be reading the next one soon.
Format: Paperback, 405 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult
Acquired from: Booktopia
^^ I can never remember what categories I put there so I swear I always forget something. I should really get a template or something… but let’s be real ain’t nobody got time for that.
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