The Program (Program Series #1)

The Program (Program Series #1)

by Suzanne Young
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The Program (Program Series #1) by Suzanne Young

In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance” (Kirkus Reviews), 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442445819
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: Suzanne Young's Program Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 25,507
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of the Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of The Program, The Treatment, The Remedy, The Epidemic, The Adjustment, The Complication, A Need So Beautiful, and Hotel Ruby. You can visit her online at

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book! Yes, a little inappropriate at times, but it was a brilliant topic to write about. It's something that is realistic, even though we think suicide becoming an unstoppable epidemic is never going to happen. I give The Program five stars!!!! :D
Toni-MyBookAddiction More than 1 year ago
This book is brilliant!! Quick Critique Pros: The Program is a superbly written, gripping tale, full of raw emotion, strong world building, and exceptional character development. This is not your typical dystopian novel. I. NEED. MORE. NOW. Cons: There were two things that made me go, “Hmmm?” but neither were significant enough to me that I wanted to give it less than five stars. Overall: The Program is a MUST READ! Even if you don’t enjoy the dystopian genre, I think you’ll love this book. I rarely read a book twice. I don’t know why, it’s just not my thing. This book, though, I will definitely read again. In fact, I just finished reading it and could easily start it again right now. My Thoughts Sloane and James live in a world where suicide is an epidemic, where they have to fill out self-assessments daily in school, where they are constantly scrutinized by The Program. They can’t reveal any emotion that resembles sorrow or depression for fear of being flagged. People are dying all around them, or being taken into The Program, yet they must keep a smile on their faces, even in their own homes. Sloane and James are fortunate to have each other to lean on, to love, but how long can they keep up this pretense? Smiles and small talk equal well-balanced and healthy. I wouldn’t dare show my parents anything else. Not now. Sure, I can tell you this book is the best thing I’ve read in a long time, but I’ve heard that from others before, about other books, and it’s not always the case. I promise you, this time it’s true. My love for this book could potentially rival the love I have for my husband, my best friend of ten years. I was afraid I may not be able to read it in the remaining two days it was free on Pulseit, but I devoured this book as if it was my last meal. Kids? What kids? I don’t hear any kids. Hon, I know you just got home from work, but can you make dinner tonight? Oh, and fold the clothes from the dryer, too? The Program is told from Sloane’s POV, and her story will stir things inside your guts you didn’t know you were capable of feeling. The moment I finished page one I knew that I was in this until the end. The author has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you are deep in it, right from the start. The amount of detail put into each character is impressive. Surprisingly, James had the most drastic character arc, which caused my jaw to drop several times. The changes his character went through were mind blowing. I was filled with compassion for Sloane and James’s situation, was terrified at the thought of either of them being flagged for The Program. My insides crumbled whenever I thought something bad might happen. This book ripped my heart out, then put it back in twisted fragments. I don’t know what I believe anymore, and really, I try not to think about it. But the psychologists say suicide is a behavioral contagion. It’s the old adage, “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you, too?” Apparently the answer is yes. There were two things about this book that caused me to go, “Hmmm,” while reading The Program. The first is in regards to the writing. There were so many “sideways looks” I thought I might get whiplash. If I was playing a drinking game based on the amount of times the author wrote He looked sideways at me, or I gave him a sideways look, I would have been drunk by chapter four, and passed out on the floor by chapter seven. Either it stopped, or the story was so good I didn’t notice it anymore after that. I normally hate repetition, but this story gripped me so tightly I didn’t even care about it. The second issue has to do with the “treatment” at The Program. Based on what I learned, it seems impossible that the people who are forced to go through this would lose so much. It’s hard to explain without revealing too much, but there it is. Again, I overlooked it because this book was SOOOOO good. I recommend The Program to everyone, whether you enjoy dystopian novels or not. This is not the same recycled dystopian tale that we have grown accustomed to reading. The final few chapters left me with a craving I haven’t felt about a book before. I need more. I would trade a kidney for the next book if I could have it tonight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe the program was an amazing must read. It is about Sloanne who lives in a dystopia where suicide and depression become an epidemic. After suffering many losts Sloanne and her boyfriend James must stay strong or fear being flagged into the program. Although the book has not escalated as high as the Hunger Games or Divergent because it is still new, i believeafter a few months this book will become a bestseller. The book was not like your ordinary dystopia story and had so many plot twists and surprises i had know choice but to keep on reading. Recommended for ages 13-17 due to some more inappropiate scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly could not put this book down. I felt so much emotion while reading, i cried, i laughed, i was routing for sloane so badly! This book could be made into a brilliant movie if it gains popularity!
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Looking at this gorgeous cover, who wouldn't want to pick up The Program? After reading the synopsis, I just had to get my hands on it!! Simon and Schuster CA were kind enough to send a copy, so thank you again! Here, people aren't allowed to show any "sad" emotions whatsoever. If anyone shows sadness or slight depression, they are immediately "flagged" and put in a six week program called "The Program". In there, they are drowned with pills until they completely forget the sad memories and are completely brainwashed. Sound horrifying right? Exactly why Sloane and James know better than to express any emotions in public. Sloane and James and in love, and they are only able to express their true feelings in front of each other. When a tragic event happens with their best friend, James can't take it anymore. Sloane starts worrying for him, and tries to encourage him to look happy, but it just doesn't work. James gets flagged. Before anyone says I'm spoiling anything, it's pretty obvious from the cover that BOTH of them are going to get into The Program, so don't worry. Let me tell you, Sloane and James were amazing characters. They weren't like any cliche young couple, but their love really stood out for me, and felt real. I immediately loved both characters. Something about Suzanne Young's writing just makes you want to never stop reading, and that's exactly what happened to me. The plot never gets boring, and every chapter is literally full of pleasant surprises. I honestly don't know how to say anything without ruining the book for you guys, but some very unexpected things happen. What I loved most was that the characters felt whole. Suzanne Young was able to portray the character as a whole, and was able to show us all sides of her characters. It was interesting to see Sloane in her highest and lowest moments, and that just made me connect to her more. Every dystopian book needs great world building, and I'm glad to say that The Program did not disappoint! It totally felt like I was living in this suppressive society where I basically couldn't breathe. There were some points where I really felt chocked up and sometimes depressed. Bravo for Ms.Young for that.Am I excited to get my hands in the next book? YES! Like all dystopian books, this definitely ends in sort of a resistance group forming or etc, and I AM EXCITED! I just can't say how much I loved this book, because it was great. If any book stirs up so much emotion from me, it will immediately be in my favorites list. Fans of dystopians will enjoy this one very much. 
Hannah_Lee_ More than 1 year ago
The Program is absolutely one of my favorite books. The story starts out with Sloane, who is dealing with the recent suicide of her brother and as the story progresses, we watch as she falls in love and deals with depression herself. But, not all is as it seems. You see the world she lives in is in a suicide epidemic. All teens are experiencing some sort of depression and are sent to The Program to help resolve depression, but come back with no memories of anything. Those in control of The Program are keeping a very close eye on them and also decide who is stable enough to continue living. Sloane thought she was hiding her depression very well, but now The Program is coming for her. Suzanne Young takes the truth of depression and suicide and shows it into a new light. She puts the reader in the shoes of a teens life in a very devastating reality. This book is a great read for anyone who loves Dystopian Future type stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really one of the best I have read in a long time. I have never, I will repeat NEVER cried while reading a book, until I read this. The book takes the reader through an endless roller coaster of emotions, but that is just in part one of three.  Don't discount it because it is a dystopian novel and you are sick of them because this book is really different. Just when you think nothing worse can happen, it does. Relationships are hurt, people die, and most importantly the program will get you. While Sloane and James are typical teens by today's standards, but in this world run by teen suicide, they are a hazard to themselves.  The real question is, Is the Program preventing or causing suicide?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was never slow paced and it kept me reading from the first page. The characters become a part of you and the writing makes you want to cry, smile, laugh, and rage. The storyline is great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!! I couldn't put it down. Now, if you will excuse me, I'm off to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But it was very emotional and gripping with A cliffhanger end that made me start reading the next one... new mysteries come to light too.. gotta find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this book. I am hard to please when it comes to how an author writes! I am so glad that I stumbled across this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you realize you're reading something with plot spoilers you don't want to see, for the love of the deity of your choice, QUIT READING!! If you keep reading, then don't complain.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
It's been while since I read a good dystopian fiction. I've fallen into a New Adult hole recently and this was a pleasant break from that cycle. The concept of this book was very interesting to me. It's horrible to think of suicide as an epidemic, but it's certainly intriguing. I liked the characters almost immediately. The story sucked me in. Well done. Can't wait for the next installment.
terferj More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. The beginning not so much but it improved, it was a little depressing. The first half of the book was letting us see what the teenagers are experiencing with the 'epidemic' (suicide). It was sad to read about it how some of these kids caught it. It just reminded me of Eeyore. Here's a quote I actually found that kinda goes with the book (weird). Eeyore: End of the road... nothing to do... and no hope of things getting better. Sounds like Saturday night at my house. The middle is when they were in The Program. We read what they do to 'cure' the teenagers. The the last half of the book is about when they get out and how they kinda cope. Overall I think i did like it. I really like Sloane and James. I also liked Realm.
Anonymous 23 days ago
Enjoyed the characters and plot, interesting and kept me wondering what was going to happen next
Anonymous 3 months ago
Fianlly found a good book that is entertaining the whole way through and leaves you wanting more
Anonymous 8 months ago
I bought all the rest before even finishing chapter one
Anonymous 10 months ago
Good with.....drama and romance. Over all it was good. Spoiler nwxt. Each book is told from before or during the depression. Realm is a handler.
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CECE0808 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I can't wait to read the next 3 books.
KevinAlpaca More than 1 year ago
This book opened my eyes to how great books really can be. It took me on a great adventure, and the author does a great job of making you feel like you're with Sloane the entire time, and keeps you on the edge of you're seat. I love this book so much, and the next book too. The emotion in the book is so real. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great adventure
Coreena More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. I did like it — the premise was unique, that depression and suicide is an almost viral epidemic among teenagers and needs to be treated by reprogramming them. But, somehow, I didn’t love the book. Maybe the romance was too predictable? Not sure. It was definitely one of those formulaic bad boy/good girl romances. However, I did enjoy the world building of the dystopian future and the imagination of the epidemic and the story moved along. The teenagers were definitely the more well rounded characters and it frustrated me that the adults, while trying to prevent suicide in teens, did everything to promote it by not allowing anything but good feelings or off you go to get programmed. Anyone living under that kind of pressure would crack. It just felt like in their protection of kids the adults lost all common sense.
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KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I wanted so much more from this book. I really enjoyed the world that Suzanne Young created, but I was hoping for more than a love story. The exposition was too long in my opinion. The first third of the book tells of Sloane and James, very much in love. James had been Sloane's brother's best friend before his suicide, part of an epidemic hitting the teens of America. Their other friends, Lacey and Miller, were also infected. Sloane and James fear "The Program", the rehabilitation method that involves wiping out the memories of the infected to supposedly save them from their depression. It is clear that something more sinister is going on, but not much is revealed in this book. I enjoyed the book more once Sloane goes into The Program and begins losing her memory. There is a lot of situational irony, since the reader knows what happened before and Sloane does not. I liked how Sloane still has her feelings after The Program even if she doesn't have the memories that went along with them. Some things are meant to happen, and so they repeat themselves, which is interesting. I just wanted more fighting back against The Program. And a stronger female character. There were a few interesting plot twists, and I have already started the sequel because I'm hoping to get the rebellion I so desired. This book was good, but it just left me wanting more.