Program 13by Nicole Sobon
17-year-old Emile Reed, may have died, but she isn't dead. Her body now belongs to Program Thirteen, where her every thought, every movement, is controlled. Until Emile begins to find her way back inside of Thirteen's core, where she manages to fend off Thirteen's programming to reclaim the life that she lost. But Charles McVeigh,/b>
Two identities. One Body.
17-year-old Emile Reed, may have died, but she isn't dead. Her body now belongs to Program Thirteen, where her every thought, every movement, is controlled. Until Emile begins to find her way back inside of Thirteen's core, where she manages to fend off Thirteen's programming to reclaim the life that she lost. But Charles McVeigh, the owner of Vesta Corp, isn't willing to let Thirteen go. And he will stop at nothing to reclaim control of Thirteen's programming. Because without her, McVeigh has nothing.
What makes you human?
THE EMILE REED CHRONICLES:
Program 12: Short Story Prequel (Free)
Program 13: Book One
Deprogrammed: Book Two (May 2013)
Standby: Short Story (2013)
Rebooted: Book Three (2013)
New Beginnings: Novelette (2013)
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3.5 Stars 'Program 13' is the first book in a young adult science fiction series that follows Emile Reed as she is killed and then turned into a Program - a robot that has the appearance of being human. Only Emile didn't truly die that night - and now she's fighting her way into the core of the Program so she can regain her freedom from Vesta Corp and it's tyrannical owner - Charles McVeigh. There is no way that McVeigh will let her go willingly - because Emile just happens to be very different from the other Programs and without her, there is nothing left for him. This was an exciting and fast paced science fiction thriller that had me engaged from the beginning. Emile was a really fascinating main character. She starts out as a human teenager who is then killed. When we meet her again, she is now a Program - a robot that is created to appear human. Emile has a lot of strength, courage, and dedication to doing what she believes is right - it's quite evident in the way that she fights back against McVeigh and Vesta Corp in order to gain her freedom and expose what is really happening at the facility. The plot isn't really original, but the action along with the exciting twists and turns definitely sets it apart from other books in the same genre. I enjoyed reading about the dystopian-like world and the background of Vesta Corp. The author gave great detailed descriptions throughout the novel so I easily found myself immersed alongside Emile on her journey to freedom. The writing was well done, although at times I felt it was a bit forced - especially Emile's thinking and the dialogue - but other than those few instances, it was fast paced and I found myself rooting for Emile right away. Definitely an interesting start to what will undoubtedly be an intriguing series - recommended for fans of YA science fiction and dystopian novels. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Emile knows she isn't alone in her body. In fact her other side Program 13 is on top at first. She was a real girl but died and sent to Vesta Corp for research and study. Now the two battle for control after Emile living part is set free. Besides the struggle to stay on top Emile also has to deal with Charles McVeigh hunting her down after she escaped. He has to much invested in her to let her be free. She is on the run and in danger to bad for them they programmed her to be strong. Emile is a complex person but who wouldn't be with two people living inside them. You get to see glimpses of what Program 13 went through and you get to see just how Emile got to were she is. I like her as she is tough and is fighting for her life. She has to face many hard things and still fights to live. Colton is a boy Emile in a way saves. He was ready to give up on life when sh found him and gives him a reason as well to fight to live. He has had a tragic thing happen and fights to get through it. I love how these two work together. Charles McVeighn is just an evil person. You will for sure hate him by the end of the book. This book is one you can really get into as you keep reading to see what will happen to the characters next, find out more about how Emile got this way, and to see if they will make it to safety. The evil one as I like to call Charles does everything he can to bring Emile in. It doesn't matte who stands in his way, he will stop at nothing. You get to see inside his evil mind at just how far he has planned for things to go. There is lots of action as Emile and Colton fight to survive and escape. One thing is for sure you don't know who to trust or what will happen next. It seems no one is safe in this book. The only thing I wanted more of was a little more of Emile past to get to know who she was better. It is still a great read and any dystopian fans will be pleased.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Program 13 by Nicole Sobon Book One of the Emily Reed Chronicles Publication Date: August 15, 2012 Rating: 4 stars Source: Bought from Amazon ***Old review; original review posted HERE on November 4, 2012*** Summary: Two identities. One Body. 17-year-old Emile Reed, may have died, but she isn't dead. Her body now belongs to Program Thirteen, where her every thought, every movement, is controlled. Until Emile begins to find her way back inside of Thirteen's core, where she manages to fend off Thirteen’s programming to reclaim the life that she lost. But Charles McVeigh, the owner of Vesta Corp, isn’t willing to let Thirteen go. And he will stop at nothing to reclaim control of Thirteen's programming. Because without her, McVeigh has nothing. What makes you human? What I Liked: You already know I love science fiction. Well, I loved the concept of this book. A robot made to look like a human is not something new to fiction, but it is not something that is extremely popular in Young Adult literature. Science fiction in general is not very popular in the Young Adult age level. I think Ms. Sobon took a risk with Program 13 being science fiction, but this risk was completely justified by the execution of this book. Ms. Sobon's writing style is excellent - with a consistent tone and voice of the main character. This book was written in first person (Emile's), which was interesting to read, because Emile is a human, but Program 13 is a machine. I usually have a problem with first person point of view, but this book would be so different and probably not as understandable if it were written in third person. I liked the characters of this book. Emile was a strong protagonist, and has conflicts, about whether she should go back to Vesta Corps to save other people, whether she should run away from those she cares about, and so on. I did not connect with her as easily as I have with other heroines, but this was not a deterrent from finishing the book. There was a little character development present with Emile, but not as much as I expected. The secondary characters, such as Colton and Hayden, did not have much character development. I liked Colton well enough. He was introduced rather abruptly, and I do not understand some decisions that he made, but he was a good secondary, static character. I am not sure if I liked Hayden. I hope to see more of his character (or some sort of resolution) in future books. Also, I truly felt as if the villains of the story were villains, but at the same time, I felt for them, because they believed they were creating machines for the betterment of society. The world of this book felt real to me. While readers do not get to see much of the outside world (the setting is mostly either at the organization's headquarters or at the house), the overall feeling of the world was there. So, the world-building was pretty good, but I hope to see more settings in future books. The ending was quite the ending! It involved a very abrupt scene, with many things thrown at the reader too quickly, but it was a good ending, with ample room for a continuation of the series. Overall, there was plenty of action and intricacies in the plot, but not too much to make a reader irritated. I was so happy to see virtually no romance in this book. It was also clean of bad language, which was nice. There are many other specific things that I loved and liked about this book! What I Did Not Like: There were several things about which I was confused when I finished this book, and several things I did not particularly like. I was very confused about Hayden and his presence in the book. I understand what and why he did what he did for Emile, but I question his motives. He was rarely in the story, and when he was there, he wanted to help her, but then he left. And left random (but helpful) notes. And left endless supplies. Somehow, I find that suspicious. I hope Ms. Sobon will expand upon Hayden's role in the story, or resolve his character's involvement. Also, I mentioned that there was not much character development in this book. Emile is the protagonist of the story, so at the very least, I felt that at least she, of all characters, should go through significant changes from beginning to end. I found that was not the case. Emile was a strong character throughout, and has several moments of conflicted feelings, but overall, there is no major development. From the beginning she wanted to push away Program 13 and protect Colton, and at the end, those were still her goals. I am sure that she wanted to take down Vesta Corp, but this was not a primary goal it seemed. Also, I found the character of Colton a little strange. I liked him well enough, as he was sweet and very emotional throughout the book. But it was odd how quickly Emile wanted to keep him with her, care for him, and protect him. It just did not seem right to me that Emile would want to get close (not romantically) to a person, after staying in seclusion after so long. I would think that she would be cautious and suspicious and hostile towards anyone that wanted to stay around her. I understand that a part of Program was to assimilate with humans, but at the same time, she was on the run, and logically, she should not trust anyone. Yet she trusted Colton immediately, and welcomed him with her. Because he wanted to kill himself does seem to me like an adequate reason to trust someone. This is probably a small detail that most people would have overlooked, but it bothered me as I was reading. Of course, I was glad that Colton stuck around. Would I Recommend It: Yes! This book was full of awesomeness! As big as that "did not like" section looks, trust me, this book is worth reading, if you like science fiction. Ms. Sobon has an interesting spin on human-like robots - something that is very plausible nowadays. This book is for anyone ages 13 and up, and I strongly believe this is not for everyone, as it is a science fiction book. But, give it a try! Rating: 4 stars. There are little things that bothered me, but some of them could be remedied or explained later in the series. I was very happy with the execution of this, and therefore very angry that I had not read this book sooner, being that I have had it for a couple of months.
not what I expected, but worth checking out.