The Program #0.6
Author: Suzanne Young
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Rating: 2.5 Birds
Can one girl help others find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones? Find out in this riveting sequel toThe Remedy and companion to the New York Times bestselling The Treatment and The Program.
In a world before The Program…
Quinlan McKee has spent her life acting as other people. She was a closer—a person hired to play the role of the recently deceased in order to give their families closure. Through this process, Quinn learned to read people and situations, even losing a bit of herself to do so. But she couldn’t have guessed how her last case would bring down her entire world.
The only person Quinn trusts is Deacon, her best friend and the love of her life. Except Deacon’s been keeping secrets of his one, so Quinn must set out alone to find Arthur Pritchard, the doctor who’s been trying to control her life. The journey brings Quinn to Arthur’s daughter, Virginia, who tells Quinn the truth about Pritchard’s motives. The former closer will start to see that she is the first step in fighting an epidemic.
But Quinlan doesn’t want to be a cure. And with all the lies surrounding her, she realizes she has no one left to rely on but herself—even if she doesn’t know who that is anymore.
It literally kills me to have marked this book as a 2.5. Kills me. I have loved every single title in The Program series, devouring every word I can get on the life during and before it. But THE EPIDEMIC was mind-numbingly slow, over-written, and in all honesty didn’t even feel like Suzanne Young wrote it when compared to her other work.
We could have cut this book down by half, and had a perfect book, but instead we have a detail by detail break down of every movement anyone makes (2 paragraphs of people getting into a car….), what they are wearing, eating, buying, saying. And it’s not even something that happens here and there, it’s constant. Worse than that, it will often be repeated several pages later. Quinlan spends a good portion of the start of the book alone, which means there’s very little action and an inordinate amount of inner dialogue that caused me to set the book down for a breather more than once.
Quinlan always struck me as a take-charge kind of girl. The bad ass, you know? It was painful and sad to see her spend so much time waffling back and forth about trusting the same people over and over. One page, trust. Turn the page, no trust. No exaggeration, sometimes it even happened within a paragraph or two. I’m not undermining the situation she’s in at all – but how can I believe in anything when the main character doesn't seem to either. This wasn’t the Quinlan I’d come to know and love, even though she was becoming a new person, the core of her, the part that made her strong was missing from this book.
Lastly, we are left with more questions than answers and not in that juicy cliff hanger kind of way. It felt more like the book began to end and several plot points hadn’t yet been tied up so they were just swept under the rug or given an over simplified answer that wasn’t really an answer at all.
Sadly, this wasn’t for me. While I will read anything else in this series, because like I said I’m addicted, if I find that this is what I can expect to be the new norm, I’ll be giving up on it. If you’re a fan of this series, I do suggest reading it – just to get the details and answers to things that are there, but don’t go in expecting a 5.