The Program

The Program

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When suicide becomes a worldwide epidemic, the only known cure is The Program, a treatment in which painful memories are erased, a fate worse than death to seventeen-year-old Sloane who knows that The Program will steal memories of her dead brother and boyfriend.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2013
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781442445819
9781442445802
1442445807
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y YOUNG, S

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This dystopian novel is different from the other ones you’ve read. In this world, the epidemic is suicide, and the cure is The Program. Sloane desperately wants to avoid The Program because she has seen one too many of her friends return from it completely blank. It cures you, but part of the cur... Read More »


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 09, 2020

he Program is a 2013 sci-fi young adult novel with a very interesting concept, however is poorly executed. In a time where teens committing suicide has become a global pandemic, Sloane has learned that hiding her true emotions is the only way to save herself from The Program, the only treatment available for those infected. When the only person Sloane has to ground her emotions gets taken away, she becomes weaker just as The Program comes for her. Though it should definitely come with a trigger warning as it is such a sensitive topic, I do think this plot of this novel was a very interesting idea. That being said, there just wasn't a captivating enough storyline or well developed characters to make me really love this book. Sloane's character was detailed in a way that focused more on her relationship with other characters and not herself as a sole individual. I will also note the pacing of the book made it very predictable and lacklustre, I likely would not recommend this book as a good dystopian novel. 3.5 Stars @Ruby_Tuesday of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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red_raven_366
Sep 08, 2020

I actually liked this book! I loved the story, character development, and the building world. I thought the book would be very different so it was a nice surprise. The idea of the illness and the cure and how messed up it was made it interesting. The sick world for forgetting about everything, even when you're in your worst place and you may want to. This book is about understanding, trust, and most of all depression and the horrific cure for it.
I wouldn't recommend this book or series because the second book was a disappointment but the first book will always have a place special place within me. Even though I loved the characters and the idea and the world I still think it's probably not worth reading.

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maddie4575
Jan 28, 2019

is this the first book?

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zoeythekat
Jan 02, 2019

What a fascinating dystopian narrative. The Program, the first book in the series, is broken into three parts surrounding "The Program" which is the only treatment for the teen suicide epidemic that has plagued the world. Sloan and her friends are determined to stay out of the Program, despite their struggles with depression, because the patients leave the treatment without their memories or much of their personality. It is a truly compelling read.

While it is true that this book follows the same patterns of any dystopian novel, (with the lovely government overlords and an unfair system that we all must clearly rebel against), It also had its own little twists and turns, the idea of any mental illness becoming contagious is a nightmare in itself. Adding on the idea of a government program built to erase you in order to 'cure' you, well, let's just say that I was glad that it was only just a book when I was done. It had the power to immerse me almost completely; I had a very hard time putting it down. I'd recommend it to anyone with a bit of spare time on their hands and happen to be looking for a book to make them think a bit more, to wonder, to push the limits of your own reality, as I did during my adventure with it.

ArapahoeKati Aug 08, 2016

TBH, I loved the world building of this novel, but the character development and plot weren't enough to keep me reading the rest of the series.

Kaya_D Jul 24, 2016

Like every dystopian future book ever (evil corrupted government, scary people who work for the government, etc). The characters were bland and the story was so typical. I knew what was going to happen from the start. I did read this book quickly, but I just skimmed through it so I could confirm what I thought would happen. The Program wasn't really thought-provoking to me; I didn't bother reading the sequel.

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huddybuddy
Jul 17, 2016

I must say I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel sad, angry, joyful and felt frighteningly real! Even though Sloane and James had to keep their feelings kept hidden away, the book had more emotion, than any other book I've read. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys emotional, romantic and real feeling books.

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scissornose
Jun 14, 2016

I've enjoyed this book -- will continue the series

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blue_oyster_25
Mar 14, 2016

A perfect blend of realism and profound creativity. Sad and heartbreaking yet compelling and beautiful with an all around powerful message. The whole premise felt fritghtingly real. These are words I would use to describe the program.

As I was reading this book I was pleasantly overwhelmed with emotion.It filled me with Joy, Sadness, Anger, and Fear. It made me smile, laugh, and at times even cry. In fact one of the things I loved most about this book is that it made me feel emotions I've never actually felt in real life.

I would reccomend this book to anyone who's ever felt depressed or had their heart broken. Truth be told I would even reccomend this book to someone who's never gone through these challenges but simply wants to really feel something. However if your looking for a happy light-hearted read or you just don't feel mature enough, I would wait on this. The rest of you I promise you, you will love this.

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“You're right, you know," he says. "You're just right for me. And I'd bet my life that we've done this before. Because I can't imagine that I wouldn't have fallen in love with you the first time.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“After all, suicide is contagious.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“He's tender and defenceless, as if every part of him is exposed. He's not the asshole I thought he was, not even close. What I see is someone broken and fierce. Someone loyal and hardened. Someone who could belong to me completely, and me to him.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“I'm so alone it's like being dead but still conscious”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“You know I'm never going to be able to not kiss you again, right?" he said. "For the rest of my life, every time I look at you, I'll have to kiss you.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“If it's meant to be, you'll find each other again.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“...some things are better left in the past. And true things are destined to repeat themselves.”

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maroon_moose_31
Jul 08, 2014

maroon_moose_31 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 19

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Saphira728
Jun 01, 2013

Saphira728 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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nwind98
Jul 24, 2013

Sexual Content: This title contains sexual content.

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nwind98
Jul 24, 2013

Coarse Language: This title contains coarse language.

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KirkLeaf
Aug 13, 2013

As posted by emilyswartzer (no credit to me):
Suicide is an international epidemic. The only way to prevent it is The Program. You go willingly or unwillingly. They erase your mind. Sloane's brother, Brady, jumped off a cliff. Her parents will do anything to keep her alive. Even if it means putting her in The Program. Two of her best friends: James and Miller, will do anything to stay out of The Program. So when Miller learns that The Program is coming for him,he takes QuikDeath. Weeks later, Sloane's boyfriend James is taken. After a month or two, James comes back. Except he doesn't remember Sloane. His memory is wiped. Sloane's sadness over James lands her in The Program, and it's her parent's fault. Will she make it out with her memory? Or will she lose it all?

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