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.


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.”


Review: The Moon Dwellers

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars

Book Name: The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers, #1)
Author: David Estes
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Book Boyfriend: Tristan

From Goodreads:

In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents’ crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

In their world, someone must die.


The words are easy to understand, the plot is great, descriptions are good, a page turner, the two narrators is a plus, exciting adventures give the story spices, excellent character qualities, the color of the eyes of Tristan and Adele which I really admire and a “Really? Is this the end of the book one?” look. In short, the book is well written and I am craving for more. Thank you David for this work of yours.

Review (Characters only)

1. Adele’s tough personality and unexpected for a girl are excellent, including her humor and sarcasm (of course). Though sometimes I hate her because she is so mean to Tristan and their feelings to each other.

2. Cole and Tawni are what I can call the “best of friends” that I can count on to anytime. Albeit sometimes, the two have opposite personalities (Cole being serious and Tawni being light and optimistic) but both of them have a good heart and it is the reason why they are a very good tandem.

3. Elsey’s indeed needed by Adele, Tawni and Cole for she is the one bringing happiness, cheerfulness and optimism to the group (more than Tawni) despite of what is happening to all of them.

4. Ben, Adele’s father though had much less physical appearance in the story itself is essential to the formation of her daughter, especially his teachings, may it be moral or physical (like the roundhouse kicks, and I thank him for teaching Adele such tactic).

5. Roc is also essential to Tristan, aside from Adele because if not through him, Tristan will not pursue his intentions towards Adele. They are also (Roc and Tristan) a perfect duo.

6. Tristan, oh Tristan! He’s a perfect boyfriend material. Everything is in his grasp but still he followed what his heart is telling him and leave his extravagant life in the Sun Realm, including of course his father and brother. But it’s okay so long as it’s Adele who will be in his arms.