Saturday, May 3, 2014

Series Recap: The Program Series by Suzanne Young

Reading Order (sort by reading date):

The Program (Book 1, Published on April 30, 2013)
The Treatment (Book 2, Published on April 29, 2014)

Click the titles to check out my reviews.


Synopsis Recap:

Set in the middle of a teenage suicide epidemic, Sloane and James are careful with their display of emotions in The Program. They have to be, or they'll be sent to the Program, which will wipe out what they truly are. Except when they can't take it anymore, they're both sent to what they fear most. By some miracle they meet again. And they find out how cruel and ruthless the Program truly is. Friends are lost. People you think you know might just turn their backs on you in a nanosecond. They have to set out to get their memories back if they want to escape the Program once and for all.

The Treatment is set right after the events in The Program. Sloane and James are on the run, trying to figure out a way to stay out of the radar of the Program and stay together for good. After making an unlikely alliance, they have to set out to find the Treatment -- the cure for the Program, which can bring back lost memories -- and find out what really happens when they're first in the Program and take down The Program. Betrayals are faced, and irreversible choices are made. The Treatment is the conclusion of The Program series.


Thoughts Recap:

Despite obvious flaws, The Program is quite a nice start for a couple in the middle of an epidemic which can force them apart for good. The emotions are pretty intense. Almost overwhelming. And I love the parts of the "echos in the past", because it's bittersweet and quite heartbreaking. The concept of teenage suicide epidemic is cool, because it's not just a biological problem anymore. It's a mental problem, and it's not every day you'll see a suicide epidemic. Though there are flaws like the plot being a little bit slow-paced at first and the lack of development of the background of the epidemic, I really like The Program.

The Treatment is a very different book. Now that Sloane and James are together, they're desperate to find a way to stay together. The Treatment is more energetic and sweet. Action-packed and fast-paced, the book is much better than the previous one on these two aspects. Sloane and James's relationship is admirable and strong. It's not something to be forgotten so easily. Though the ending is a little disappointing, The Treatment is quite a good book and a satisfying ending.

The flaws might be obvious, but the goodness kind of covers it up.

Overall rating: 8/10

Do I recommend this series?: Yeah :)

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