Series: The Program #0.5
Published by: Simon Pulse on April 21, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: A Need So Beautiful, Hotel Ruby
One Line: A slow starter, but when things get going it turns amazing!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
It’s been way too long since I a book by Young and I’ve been meaning to for the longest. I’ve been a big fan of her writing since her first book and I don’t know why I never got around to checking out her new series. The synopsis for The Remedy intrigued me and I was curious to see how something like this, people portraying those who have died in order to give their loved ones closure, played out. There’s definitely a morbid overtone throughout the book, but it was interesting to say the least. The mystery behind Catalina’s death and the inner workings of The Remedy program was what really piqued my interest and kept me reading. So with that said, you should know that the first half of the book focuses more on Quinn becoming Catalina and losing herself in her life. It was kind of slow and not as exciting, which had me wondering if I would even end up liking this book, but it was necessary to the story and I just needed to see this mystery through to the end. Once things get shaken up a bit in the second half it becomes so engrossing. That’s when the plot thickens and so much happens that’ll make your head spin.
Overall, I really liked Quinn. Her character appealed to me and I liked getting to know this girl who was supposedly the best closer the company had. It was fascinating seeing how a job like this affects people and Quinn’s feelings on it. She was at odds with herself a lot and it’s obviously a difficult subject. I definitely felt for the girl, being ostracized by those who don’t like her because of her job, and it was interesting to see that in her mind, she thought she was doing something good. Not only does Quinn have to deal with that, but also with all the emotions and thoughts of those girls that she basically becomes. Young placed so many different kinds of memories and events in Quinn’s head, it was hard to tell which were truly hers and which belonged to a dead girl, which was kind of the point. She basically messed with our heads in the best possible way.
It’s funny because I kind of expected the romance between Quinn and Catalina’s boyfriend to go in a different direction, but I’m happy with the way Young wrote it. It was striking how far the mind goes at suppressing what it doesn’t want to think about or feel for the sake of sanity. As for Deacon, I didn’t particularly like him for the most part. He’s one of those “hot and cold” guys that always gets on my nerves. It’s obvious he cares for Quinn, but his keeping her at arm’s length bugged me and I wondered what he was hiding from her. He had some good moments, don’t get me wrong, but their relationship is definitely complicated, especially after what is revealed at the end.
By the way, that crazy twist that Young unveils towards the end was absolutely epic. I honestly did not see that coming at all and it’s so rare that I’m surprised like this nowadays, so kudos to you, Suzanne.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed The Remedy. Despite the first half being somewhat slow, the latter half was so riveting and engaging, I couldn’t stop reading. Everything was so dark and twisty, it’s hard not to appreciate it. Young threw me for quite a few loops and turns and in the end, I was left wanting more, but in a good way. The overall mystery is left up in the air, but some questions were definitely answered. Of course, I had to ask Suzanne herself if there was going to be a sequel, but that ending was kind of brutal. The torture of waiting until next year is real, but I guess I’ll just have to hold myself over with The Program, which I can’t wait to give a try. I mean, if the prequel was this good, then the actual series has to be just as amazing, if not better, right?