Book Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

AuthorSuzanne Young the program

Pages: 405 pages

Publisher: Simon Pulse
The Program (The Program, #1)
SummaryIn 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.


Ok, so I read Slated by Teri Terry first, shortly before reading The Program, so reading The Program was a little deja vu. Whereas Slated featured mind wiping as a solution for criminal behavior in anyone under eighteen, The Program does it as a cure for an epidemic of depression and suicides by teens. But the causes for the depression and suicides are not really explored.

I thought the way memories were erased was well explained, two drugs, one to target the memory and another to wipe it; however, there were some inconsistencies: the orange pill and the purple pill.

I had other problems with this book, even though I do want to read the rest of the series, namely what happened to Miller. And the insta-love that Realm exhibits doesn’t really sound sincere.

The ending left me with questions also. I think of the two books, I enjoyed Slated a lot more.


My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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