Review: The Program

Overall Rating: 5 stars

Book Name: The Program (The Program, #1)
Author: Suzanne Young
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Book Boyfriend: James

 

From Goodreads:

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.

I like it because, emotions aside, both the idea and the story itself are beyond “good”. I also like it for it is somehow terrifying and at the same time realistic. Aside from that, it is well written, it’s like a sculpture that has been delicately carved. And the words are like… oh, I can’t really explain it but for sure it feels good, so good that I am looking forward to read another one like this or read this again.

It just feels so sad that the second books is also the last one. I’m anticipating a trilogy for this because the first books itself passed my standards so how much more the second book? And guess what,  it even exceeded my expectations.

I also like it visually.  The title, the cover itself. Almost everything is perfect. Above all, I like the characters, their qualities, their imperfects and weaknesses as well as their vulnerability.

James and Sloane. Aren’t they enough to prove that this book is so awesome to read?

Like I said, both directly and indirectly, The Program is a good book and you must read it now and you can thank me later.

Warning signSPOILER ALERT

Full Review (with 50% spoilers)

Part One: Uncomfortably Numb

Despair. Sloane and James must keep them both safe from the epidemic and thus, away from the hands of the program.

This novel is half fiction and half non-fiction, the latter (which is suicide) is so real that even statistics and your own bare eyes can conclude that it is conspicuously increasing especially among teenagers. And no doubt, love is the most prominent reason behind such “epidemic”.

My heartbeat for the first three chapters of Part one was in a neutral manner, but after reading the succeeding chapters, I feel no more heart beating, like I ‘m dead. I am really depressed and already wanted to cry. I feel devastated, biased, and lost. Sorrow fills my heart as well as fear that James might be taken away from Sloane and their love to each other will be obliterated by The Program.

Every turning of page feels so lonely and helpless for me that it came to a time that I think that The Program might be real and if I’m Sloane, what would I do if The Program would take him away from me? Act normal like there’s nothing happened? How would I live without him by my side, saying “Baby, I’ll protect you like what I promised to you and to your brother”?

These are some questions that will surely make every reader of this novel ask to themselves if they read this very good novel.

Still, they will fall in the hands of The Program.

Part Two: The Program

Mistrust: After all the trust Sloane gave to the persons she thought trustworthy, she was still betrayed.

Different situations and challenges are waiting for Sloane in the Program. Challenges like who to trust, what to do how to keep the memories intact and how to deal with all the lies the doctors say to her.

The thirst for information and memories weakens Sloane. In order to get what she needs, she must first sacrifice something in bargain. But that’s not how this part ends. Sloane, weak and scared of what might The Program do to her and her memories, still made her way to find some friends and kill some time while inside the facility. But is this friend of hers trustworthy enough?

Another problem that Sloane is facing is her doctors. They’re great liars. And can she survive the six-week stay in the Program while keeping her memories intact?

Lastly, Sloane knows more than any other patients in The Program do. But how can she remember it if in the first place even her memories and slowly fading?

After six weeks, Sloane will start from the top.

Part Three: Wish You Weren’t Here

After all The Program has done to her, she still can have control and through her friends Realm and Lacey, and James she will be able to unravel the truth and more of it. Day by day, she will pursue discovering her past, gathering back her memories. But is she will succeed, what would she do with all that information? The more memories she can gather back, the more it is complicated and risky to both her and James.

Someone said to her that “The past is meant to be forgotten”.

Then, there’s her feelings, both for Realm and James. She doesn’t know her past yet she feels something for James. But there’s also Realm who told her she love her. What about now?

And lastly, she doesn’t fully know that The Program is watching  and monitoring her 24/7. How can she manage to escape form their hands?

It’s now your part to find it out.

My favorite  quote:

“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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Musing: My Life as a Student Assistant

Yesterday, I was asked by a friend of mine to write something about my life as a working student and how do I feel about it. This is what I composed.

“It is something to be very grateful of.”

Never in my whole life I dream of myself being a student assistant or technically know as a working student, even in my wildest dreams. Not that I despise it but for me, it is more like being very busy all the time and thus can’t manage to shuffle studies and work, plus personal and family errands (which I have, and I wager all student assistants out there also have).

But when the time came that I realized that I can’t, and neither my family can send myself to college without being a scholar. So I gave it a try. I submitted all the needed documentary requirements hoping that somehow I can beat the odds. And fortunately I did. After I passed all the stages of scholar’s admission, from the requirements, examination, and up to the panel interview, I was luckily selected and that’s how my life as a student assistant began.

When my first day of work as a student assistant began, I already accepted the fact that there are certain responsibilities I am obliged to do, unlike before. But I have taken it as a gift from the Almighty God as well as His challenge to me to change myself, my lifestyle in particular from good to better.

At first, it was really hard, especially when the “real college classes” began and as expected, juggling work and school and home was a horrible mess. But eventually, I was able to master it. Thanks to those people who made it a bit easier for me.

Despite all the disadvantages, including constant social interaction with my friends, relatives and other people, I found this scholarship for me a helpful instrument to finish my studies, prepare for whatever the real world has to offer, good or bad. To be serious, this scholarship I got is something to be very grateful of.

Update: The Treatment (The Program, #2)

So this is the cover for “The Treatment”, the second book of The Program series by Suzanne young. Just so you know, this is one of my most favorite novels (so far).

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Isn’t it amazing? Yes it really really is.

The cover is physically fine but the message it conveys is very intriguing. In fact, it draws more curiosity to me, and I wager I have the same feeling with all those fans of “The Program” series. But whatever the cover is, or with or without a cover (which is entirely impossible), I will surely read “The Treatment”, no matter what happens. So, April 2014 please move faster cause you’re killing me. I’m waiting patiently. Love, Number one fan.

Note: This is what the author said (and can say at the moment to prevent spoilers) about The Treatment.

“The plot of ‘The Treatment’ picks up right where book one left off—lots of action, lots of tears, and more than a little kissing.” “I honestly didn’t know how my publisher would follow up ‘The Program’ cover, which I loved obsessively from the minute it popped up in my email. I think they nailed the cover for ‘The Treatment’ because it perfectly complements the series while conveying the isolation and starkness in the story.”

So, what do you think of “The Treatment?

Credits:

Hollywood Crush

How to Install Windows 7 for Beginners

Here is the link:

How to Install Windows 7 for Beginners: 16 Steps (with Pictures) – Mozilla Firefox.

 

Yesterday evening, I got my laptop given to me by my aunt from Japan. I really love it but it seems I have a major problem with it. The language.

Everything there is in Japanese and I want to change to language in English but according to my research, only Windows Vista Ultimate have language packs so I decided to format the computer and install Windows 7 instead.

And this, the link, that is, is the step by step process to install Windows 7 [with pictures] using a CD. I think it would also help others having the same issue as mine.

Tip: Inserting Banners

A “Banner” is either a graphic image that announces the name or identity of a site (and often is spread across the width of the Web page) or is an advertising image. Advertisers sometimes count banner “views,” or the number of times a banner graphic image was downloaded over a period of time [ http://searchsoa.techtarget.com/definition/banner ].

In case of books, it is a symbol representing the book itself, or the series of books (if it is a series).

Now, I will tell you about what I discovered about badges and how to install it.

Here are the steps…

1. Go to http://imlovingbooks.com/freebies/mini-series-banners

2. Choose the series that you want to insert the banner on your site. Then copy the html code located beside the banner itself.

3. Create in your “widgets” menu (right portion of the dahboard> appearance> widget) a “text widget” and paste the html code.

4. Click Save.

Check out my site [ https://joyfullyreading.wordpress.com ] to view my embedded banners.