Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Double Review: The Remedy & The Treatment by Suzanne Young + Bookmarks + Wallpapers

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, A Need So Beautiful, and Hotel Ruby.

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The Remedy (The Program #0.5)
Behind 416 Pages
Released:  April 2015
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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At the Other End:
In a world before The Program

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

A positively brilliant set up to The Program duology. We get to see how it all starts and a different side to it as well. Even though it’s leading into an epidemic, you might find that after finishing The Remedy, you need a closer to help you get over this book.

I’m not even kidding about what I just said. I’m pretty sure that I need a closer to come and help me try to get over the ending. That was just, just...... I don’t even have the words for it. I feel like slamming my head against the keyboard, and that will basically show you how I feel after finishing this book. Sure, if you really look at it, this book does basically set up the next book, The Epidemic, but it was still emotional and heart rendering at the same time. I think that after the sombre mood in this book, The Epidemic will really be more going into how it all started and more jam packed. After that ending, I cannot wait until it comes out.

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn’t put this book down, and when I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It kept me up at night, and made me not think while I was at work. It felt obsessive; my need to read this book and find out what happens. Damn you, Suzanne and your compelling writing. This book made me really feel, in a way that not many others have. I’m pretty sure I felt the same when I read The Program and The Treatment as well. 

The only thing that I didn’t like about this book, was the relationship with Deacon and Quinn. Quinn literally kept opening her heart to Deacon, and it’s like every time he just wanted to have a one off no-strings night, ignore her for a few days, and then go back to being his flirting self. Just WHYYYY. WHYYYYYYYYY. Then the worst part of it, is that Quinn just accepts it. Sure, I’m cheering her for keeping their relationship as ‘friend only’, but I really wished that she would do something so that he knew what it felt like to be dropped like a hat more than once. 

I liked how towards the end, she literally did what he did to her. They slept together, then she left and broke his heart. The guy deserves it! He finally got a taste of his own medicine.

Quinn is the best closer for a reason. Even though her new assignment is pretty tough on her because she had it thrown to her, before she could assimilate back into herself again. We get to see at the end how she really does help the families, but it isn’t always without complications, and even though her assignment did have a lot of complications for her personally, she did overcome them and manage to still be herself. I get why she didn’t really do much in terms of closing. It’s really all there in the story, the family need to heal pretty much on their own and open up and initiate when they are ready. If Quinn forced it on them, it definitely would have made the family worse, probably putting them in denial, or even becoming more depressed. There were some situations where she should have handled it better, but her predicament wasn’t very good, despite her knowing that she could have handled everything a lot better. I actually felt sad for her when she was talking about how it felt to be in the family as a temp. She felt wanted and loved, and who really wouldn’t fall for that if you never exactly had it your entire life. 

Everything unravelled in the end, and I was practically glued to the pages. I didn’t want to stop reading, nor did I, and everything that was happening around me became lost. The ending tears you apart, and gives a whole new meaning to the entire book. It left on some pretty big cliffhangers, and I am desperate to get my hands on the next book to see what Quinn does. I really hope that she ditches Deacon, she wouldn’t do well in confronting him, especially because he is working for Arthur Pritchard. I’ve also got a strong feeling that Virginia is how the epidemic starts...
The Treatment (The Program #2)
Behind 400 Pages
Released: May 2014 
Genre: Dystopian, Romance 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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At the Other End:
How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

A heart stopping and traumatizing conclusion to the Program duology.

Although I didn't love this as much as the first book, it was still amazing and I loved every second of it. It was unexpected and I was shocked when everything started to unravel. Even though this book was slower to get going than the previous, I was still hooked and couldn't wait to find out what happens. 

I wish I remembered more of what happened in the first book, it wasn't too bad seeing as Sloane couldn't remember her past anyway it wasn't too much of a loss. I hated the love triangle in this book. I hated every minute of it, and I just wanted Sloane to grow up and realize exactly what she is doing and what she needs to say. Sure, I admit that she has a connection to Realm because of how he treated her while she was in The Program, but that doesn't mean that she shouldn't have the guts to tell him what she needs to. This is what brought the book down for me, I could go on and on about this all day. Not to mention the fact that I just hated Realm in general for who he was. 

I'm surprised at how the storyline in this book went. I wasn't expecting those turn of events and was quite shocked as it came beating down. I didn't like Dallas at first, especially because it kind of made it into a love square (or whatever shape it was), but then she grew on me when I found out her intentions and the truth about her. I ended up liking her by the end of the book and her friendship with Sloane. The only part of Sloane I didn't like in this book, was just how stupid she was at times. Seriously, she needed to stop and think things through instead of rushing out and hoping for the best. Of course I loved James in this book. He is such a strong character, and is the perfect boyfriend for Sloane. He was still supportive even when he was at his worst, and it made me just love him even more.

I'm still really shocked at the drastic turn the book took once you pass the halfway mark. I couldn't stop myself reading, and I didn't want to stop until I had finished. It was amazing, and literally, at the end of every chapter was some sort of shock or truth reveal. It was tense and I was on the edge of my seat until the very end of the book. I honestly didn't expect that ending, or the last part of the book to be honest. It all happened so fast, and it's like you need to take a breather after you've finished to calm yourself and go through what just happened! It was amazing. I definitely recommend this series.

The Epidemic (The Program #0.6)
Released:  April 2016
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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The Program (The Program #1)
Behind 416 Pages
Released: July 2013 
Genre: Dystopian, Romance 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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At the Other End:
In Sloane’s world, 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.

These novels were received for review via Simon & Schuster Australia. These reviews are entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway these reviews or change my personal opinion of the novels.

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