Current Readings #2 {The Program}

June 6, 2014

I love dystopian books. I'm not quite sure what it is about them but I think it comes from my vivid imagination as a child. I can delve into a completely different world which I now lack because my imagination disappeared somewhere along the way. However, books will satisfy me for now:)

My most recent dystopian novel obsession is called The Program and the sequel is The Treatment. And as far as I can tell there are only two of them. I know: what?! Unlike most novels now-a-days it is not a trilogy, which I love. Also, I don't mean to jump ahead but it actually has a good ending. Unlike every other dystopian series I can think of it I really enjoyed this ending and thought it summed up the series perfectly. **SPOILERS AHEAD**


Now to jump into what the book is about. Basically it jumps quite a few years into the future (duh). And of course there must be something wrong with humanity so their world changes something. Basically, they believe the fall of society is depression and the increasing number of suicides. In order to combat the Suicide Epidemic as they call it, the government created The Program. At any sign of depression, anyone under 18 can be sent to the program where who-knows-what happens to the teenagers. When they return the teens are much calmer and very "different." Eventually we learn that the patients memories are wiped clean and the only ones that return are happy ones.

The story follows the story of Sloane who after must effort to avoid The Program ends up being sent there. We learn what happens in The Program and more about the Suicide Epidemic. Sloane struggles to keep her memories of her brother's death, her loving boyfriend James, and her two best friends Lacey and Miller. While in The Program, Sloane becomes friends with Michael Realm although she continues to question whether or not he is someone she can trust.

I thought this book was amazing! It had to keep reading it to figure out what would happen to the main characters and learn the secrets of The Program. I would definitely recommend this if you liked Delirium, Divergent, etc. I think this one does a much better job focusing on the cause of the dystopian world and less on a relationship triangle. While of course this does exist, it is not the root of the plot. 

If you only wanted to hear about the first book STOP READING NOW because I am about to ruin what happens in it and move on to talk about the second book! In The Program, Sloane loses all of her memories but somehow she and James (who also lost all of his memories) find each other through clues she left behind, stories Realm told her, and pure love. However, because Sloane lost all of her memories about her time with James, she develops feelings for Realm which make her question her instincts. In the end, she realizes she isn't sure who she can trust but after she is released from The Program she and James go on the run. However, before Realm disappeared, he gave Sloane one thing that could either help or hurt her: The Treatment. An orange pill that would bring back all of her memories: both good and bad. 

This is where The Treatment picks up. I really liked how the next book didn't start like 6 months later (or something like that) like some book series do. So this second book picks up with James and Sloane fleeing their lives and being hunted down by both The Program and the Government. Sloane tells James about the pill and the two of them, together, decide that they don't want to take it and simple live in the now because they are happy. Two of Realm's friends, Dallas and Cas, pick them up and help then join the rebellion. Even though they aren't sure if they are trustworthy they follow because they have no other plans

The second book follows these four on the run and centers on The Program's rise in power and what to do about The Treatment they have. There are twists and turns in the Realm, James, and Sloane love triangle like every other teen book but it isn't as annoying as most because Sloane knows what she wants. I think I read this book in about a day and a half because I could not put it down. Without breaks for food, sleep, and work I probably could have finished it sooner. It took me a while to get into because it had been a while since I read The Program but once I remembered everything and got caught up like 20 pages in I was addicted. I highly highly highly (did I say highly?) recommend this book to everyone because it is just that amazing.

I don't want to reveal too much about what happens in The Treatment because I REALLY want you all to go out and read it. If I haven't enticed you enough yet just let me know and I am sure I can find a way to persuade you :p If you end up not liking it well, I'm very sorry but it is kind of awesome so there might be something wrong with you (just kidding...maybe...)!

Please let me know what are some of your favorite books because reading is the only thing I really do in the summer time! Also, if it is anything dystopian related I definitely want to know about it.

xoxo

2 comments:

  1. I love dystopians as well but I must admit...I am quite terrified of how formulatic they have been with the exact same themes. This, however, does seem quite different. I like that it touches upon mental illness. I am definitely going to check it out.

    Thanks for sharing!

    xo, N
    www.natashasolae.com

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    1. Yeah I definitely hate the stereotypical mold dystopian books are conforming too but I think this one does a good job of trying to stay clear of it! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Let me know what you think!

      Annie

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