Thank you to Michelle at Simon & Schuster and Canada for sending me a copy of this book.
TITLE: The Program
AUTHOR: Suzanne Young
I don't normally read this type of novel, but I have to admit that this one sounded interesting to me.
Dystopia is "the" thing to read these days and, for the most part, I am not all that impressed. However, this one was different - mainly for the topic that is covered - suicide.
This book is entertaining, but more importantly, it is kind of a subtle (and at times) not so subtle look at young adults and all the stressed that they face these days (bullying, etc) and how suicide can be to some a viable alternative.
In this novel, Sloane knows that emotions equate "the program" - a nightmare that nobody wants to go through. You are devoid of any feelings, but also all your memories are gone.
This made me stop and think - what would I do if someone told me that I could have all my thoughts removed?
This book looks at suicide, depression and "big brother" a killer combination that makes for a winning story.