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The secrecy of The Program was edge of a cliff thrilling.

The Program - Suzanne Young

The stark white cover with cheery yellow scrub chad teens-one male, one female- with their backs to the cover holding hands is just so eerie it’s curious. It’s so simple and yet so powerful. It says, “This white and yellow palette is false illusion. There’s no happiness, because you see no smiles. Our backs are to you because we’re in opposition and you know what? We’re in this together!” (And I got the message of all that just by looking at the cover…wow!)

The Program sets the scene of a dystopian society plagued with a very real teenage killer….suicide. There’s no known cause for the alarming rate of self-inflicted harm among the young people. The future adult population looks bleak. One thing is certain- It starts with depression. 

The US government takes charge initiating daily self-evaluations and support systems both on campus and on the home front. Oh and if all else fails…ship them off to the Program. (Doom. Doom. Dooom.) They’re return a happy, shinny, brand new person! Not hell bent on death ;)

Sloane and James are high school sweet hearts whose once tight knit circle of friends has felt the impact of “the sickness”. But they know how to be “normal” while protecting each other from the emotional toll of repeat tragedy. Their pact is put to the ultimate test when faced with the pressures of being “happy” in a sad world. 

The secrecy of The Program was edge of a cliff thrilling. The Government conspiracy thick undertones were heavy. Turning the pages was like peeling back clues in a mystery. Discovering The Program from within the walls of treatment was maddeningly tantalizing and exhilarating. But I will not discuss the Program. I will not talk about their treatment or methods. I cannot *Whispers: They know where I live* All you need to know is, “The only cure for the epidemic is THE PROGRAM.”

Source: http://kindreddreamheart.blogspot.com/2013/11/review-program-by-suzanne-young.html#more

Gripping, chilling, and all too believable.

Uninvited - Sophie Jordan
Uninvited is one of those novels that mirrors the issues of real life so much that the lines of fiction become blurred. We live in a time where random acts of violence and mass murders are all too common. There have been massacres on college campuses from single gunmen. Children and faculty were slaughtered on a regular school day. A slew of athletes terrorized at a marathon. The list goes on. We are a nation constantly on edge from a danger that could be the very person we speak to everyday. The fear is “never truly knowing the cause of it all”. The public can only be mollified with gun control and theories of mental illness for so long. In Uninvited, researchers have narrowed it down to one common denominator that can be found in a single gene; and the government to a single conclusion: Control the HTS carriers, control the killings.
Uninvited was gripping, chilling, and all too believable. Sophie Jordan trail blazes this story with a character sure to evoke sympathy and outrage from the reader. Davy Hamilton is the American Dream. She’s a blond hair, virgin female musical prodigy, dating the most popular jock, and born into a wealthy & respectful family. Yet none of this could save her from her own DNA. Davy is a vision of everything perceived as pure; and she carries the “kill gene”. The irony is staggering. Once diagnosed, Davy goes from Pretty in Pink & Clueless to Orange is the New Black. She is ostracized by her friends, denounced by her family, “uninvited” by her school, dumped by the love of her life, and completely thrown to the wolves of the killers she is labeled as being amongst. The magnitude of her loss is, lump in the back of your throat, tangible. Contrarily to other dystopian novels, this heroine doesn’t automatically turn kick ass overnight, she wallows in her loss for a while, and for that I find her very believable.
The world of Uninvited, as seen through the eyes of a HTS carrier, is so oppressive, it’s downright suffocating. The iron hand of the law is a sliver notch able genocide and restructured holocaust. This world WILL piss you off. My only complaint is there was a lot of rebuttal to the HTS theory. While some HTS identified were certifiable sociopaths, others appeared dormant. It made me question the science behind the hypothesis. Since the case studies weren’t fully disclosed it left me wondering. This wasn’t enough to take away from my overall enjoyment. The romance is sweetly paced and the buildup will leave you breathless. The suspense and action makes Uninvited worth the read. I would recommend to fans of dystopian. This was my first Sophie Jordan novel and I hope to read more of her work. I look forward to the conclusion in the next novel.
*This ARC was provided by the publisher for an honest review.
Source: http://kindreddreamheart.blogspot.com/2013/12/arc-review-uninvited-by-sophie-jordan.html