Guest Blogger: Mira Yin, Grade 11
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction
Setting (Time): A Dystopian Present/Future
Setting (Place): Oregon, America
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 Stars
The Program is a wonderfully written dystopian novel. The main characters each have very strong characters that are very well explained throughout the novel. As a reader, I became emotionally attached to some of the characters, due to their relatable personalities. The plot leaves the reader on edge at all times, with suspenseful chapter endings, twists and turns throughout the novel; the author leaves readers unable to predict what happens next in the story.
Read this novel, enjoy the plot, love the characters and experience this new world.
In a world where suicide is a national issue, Sloane and James must protect each other from The Program, a "suicidal" treatment plan. Once somebody is admitted into The Program, they return as clean polished versions of themselves with a lack of memories; the government has seemed to remove their personalities and their memories with their suicidal thoughts. Sloane and James must work together to hide their increased depressive feelings, as their world seems to crumble around them. Sloane has lost her brother, lost her best friends, and refuses to lose her boyfriend, James. With their love for each other, they must save each other from the government's plan for those with depressive and suicidal thoughts: The Program.
I back toward the window. My face is hot and my mouth is wet. I think I’m drooling, overwhelmed with rage as I growl at them…
This life, it’s over. I meet my mother’s eyes and force a bitter smile. “I’ll never forgive you,” I murmur. Then, just because this is my last moment of having a real emotion, I tighten my grip on the scissors. And I slash my wrist… a wave rushes over me, crashing above my head and drowning me in sleep
I hear a voice, but I’m too tired to open my eyes all the way. I try again and I fail. The voice laughs softly. “Is there anybody in there?” I feel a touch, a pinch in my arm, and then there’s a rush of adrenaline. My eyes fly open and I take in a sudden breath. My arms are tight at my sides, as if tied down.
“Ah, there you are,” the voice says.
“Welcome to The Program.”
This is a good book for any teenagers who enjoy dystopian themed novels. The plot line was so interesting and quite honestly unpredictable. The author is an amazing writer; she is able to paint such a vivid image of the story in the reader's minds. I could imagine every scene, every character, every interaction in the book clearly, with strong details and attributes. Sloane and James are main characters with faults, like regular humans, and relatable teenager traits, which makes the story much more interesting. This is a story of people working together to save each other, a story of determination and a story of love.
I truly recommend this book to everyone who wants to read it; whoever chooses to read this book will not be unsatisfied.
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