The Program by Suzanne Young
Sloane and James have been together before the epidemic occurred. Now that suicide has become an international struggle, they are being watched and one mistake can send them to The Program. They will do anything to keep themselves out of The Program because everyone that comes out has their depression erased but so are their memories. They are both under continued surveillance everywhere so they hide all of their emotions. With Brady gone, Sloane’s brother, Sloane’s parents don’t want to risk losing her too so they will do anything to keep her alive, including bringing her to The Program. James is the only person she can trust with her emotions but they are both slipping and it’s getting harder to hide the truth.
The plot of the book was interesting and the writing was good but I sped through the book because I wanted to know what happened. The ending was pretty interesting too and it made me curious about the rest of the books in the series. It was easy to read and get through. There are some issues with the book though. First of all, the main plot of this book is that depression is a contagious disease. This is giving people the wrong idea, we shouldn’t avoid people that are depressed, and we can’t catch it from them. The second issue is that Young makes it look like the government can magically erase their depression if they take some memories away. That’s not how life really works. I think the most appropriate to read this book is high school level because if younger kids don’t know the meaning of depression, they will get the wrong idea if they read this book but all those aside, this was an overall good, and suspenseful book and I would definitely recommend that you read the series. Leslie L.; Teen Reviewer