One of the super benefits of sharing my thoughts on books has been receiving recommendations from readers -- and these have been spot on, thus far! You guys are smart. The latest pick came from Athena, who suggested I would enjoy The Program. I was doubtful. But the book seemed like the right fit for now -- something I could jump in and out of for short or long bursts, as time allowed (not something I would need to settle back into like a cold bed). The Program was that -- easy to pick up and remember exactly where I left off. Aaaand...
- It is an intriguing piece of speculative fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed where Young was willing to take the story.
- I looked forward to reading it. I cared about the outcomes. I'll read the next book.
- If you are looking for a compelling treatment of teenage suicide, this is not your book. Suicide is an important feature, but it employs suicide as a vehicle for exploring a broken society, as opposed to exploring the issue itself. Governmental control continues to surface as the real villain in so many of these YA dystopias, eh?
- Read this if you liked: Delirium. I found Delirium's writing better but The Program's pacing stronger.
- Romance-driven...which I was in the mood for. Don't go near it if you are over teen romance for now (although it's less insta-love than many of its contemporaries).
- It has more explicit sensuality than I care for, along with some blasphemy (but no other swearing that I can recall).
- Overall, entertaining but not profound, compelling but not life-changing.