Suicidal Epidemic

I just finished reading The Program by Suzanne Young. It is one of the few books these days that has a summary on the back:

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 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’ve made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

Kind of creepy, no? I wasn’t sure how suicide could be a main theme, but Young made it work. It felt real. More realistic than The Hunger Games or Divergent, although it is reminiscent of both. If you like those, pick this up. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.


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