Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: The Remedy by Suzanne Young

Title: The Remedy
Author: Suzanne Young
Series: Prequel to the Program Series
Published By: Simon Pulse (April 21, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
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.







Young has quickly become a favorite of mine with her imaginative, creative, and sometimes heartbreaking worlds and charismatic characters. So it was without a hint of nervousness that I picked this up, eager for more set in the same world as her Treatment series.

Young once again managed to come up with something imaginative and so well written that the words seemed to flow off the page and sweep you up in their warm current and carry you away. 

The idea behind The Remedy was both fascinating and morbid. I found myself one minute being sympathetic to those that needed it and cheering for the very idea of it helping someone and the next jeering right along with those that mocked it and thought it was an awful horrible and even demented idea.

My constant flip flop of opinion just reverberated to me how wonderful of a writer Young is, that I could feel all the emotions of all the characters, good or bad, conflicting or not.

I found myself wrapped up in the story and completely enthralled by it. So many things made sense and slowly came together from the previous reads. Questions that I didn't even know I had about the first two books, were answered. It was enlightening and eye opening while still bringing about more questions. More questions that I just knew I needed answered and while some were, some weren't and others just left me wanting more.

I'm seriously keeping my fingers crossed that this isn't the end of this world. I would love to get more because I'm just not ready to say goodbye. 






*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

41 comments:

  1. happy to see you liked this book :D lovely Review

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  2. It does sound like the story can still go on from here even if it seems you have semi-closure on some of the things. I hope she extends it for y'all

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  3. I'm glad you liked this, Ali. I'm still debating my rating because the author never answered my tweet about the possibility of a sequel. If there is no sequel, then I have too many unanswered questions to want to give this a high rating. Hopefully, there's going to be one. I did really like the book overall though. I loved and was also terrified of the ideas in the book.
    Lovely review!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Nick. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there will be.

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  4. Do you think I'd be lost at all reading this without having read the two prior books Ali? I know this is a prequel, but sometimes prequels that come after rather than before make even more sense when you've actually read the other books:) Just wondering if I could start here or if I should tackle the others first.

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    1. I almost think I would read the first book then this one then the sequel but I don't think you will be too lost with reading this first.

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  5. I haven't started this series yet, but I have the first and second book. I need to get this one now, too. Great review! I can't wait to dive into this world.

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    1. Definitely add this one to the list, it is a must! :D

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  6. Would you recommend reading this before or after The Program? :)

    Cucie @ Cucie reads

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    1. I kind of think after honestly but it would be okay to read it before.

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  7. I konw you are and Candace are big fans of this author and series I really need to try this soon. I liked that you were wavering the whole way.

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    1. I hope you go give it a try Heidi. :)

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  8. Aw hope you get another one! I do need to try out more dystopians.

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    1. It really is a genre that took me by surprise with how much I like it.

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  9. I always wanted to know their story before the program so I am excited to read this one.

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    1. It isn't about the main characters in the first two books though, these are totally different people but still really good!

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  10. I wanted to try this series because of its premise- it's intriguing and morbid at the same time. I had no idea she was writing a prequel. I guess I have to track down book 1 and 2 before picking this one up. Thanks for the review!

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    1. It is darker with the premises but so good too. Definitely worth the read. ;)

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  11. I don't know why I've been hesitant to read this series. I think I have the first book on audio, which is probably the way to go for me.

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    1. I can't wait to see what you think of it.

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  12. I do love Suzanne! I've had trouble keeping up with my books so I haven't read it yet but maybe I can squeeze it in next. :)

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    1. I really need to try all her other stuff, I know I will love it and I totally hear you on keeping up. I feel so behind some times.

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  13. Damn, I still need to read the other book ... the 'original' series.

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  14. Gads Ali..I have book one and every time you review one of the books in this series I slap my forehead and say,"I could have read Young"

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  15. Well, I am not even going to start it now until this one comes. I cannot wait to read it!

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    1. I hope you love them as much as I have. :)

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  16. I heard a lot about this author but I haven't read any of her books, I really should, I'm quite curious! Great review!

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  17. Glad you enjoyed this too! I know, I need more after that ending - it was such a cliffie. She says she's going to write another in this prequel series so hopefully we won't be left hanging!

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  18. It's such a great feeling when the author manages to create the sort of characters you can relate to and understand. Emotion is so important in a good story and whether that reaches the reader or not is the hallmark of great writing. Great review.

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  19. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed this one. I absolutely loved The Program, but have to admit that I was disappointed with The Treatment. I have a copy of this, so I am definitely planning on getting to it and I really hope I enjoy it.

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    1. I think you will like this. different but the same in a good way.

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  20. I have a copy of the book Program for almost a year now, but I still haven't read it yet <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I think it decided to ate the rest of my comment lol I might just bump it up on my TBR soon, I enjoyed reading your fantastic review <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    2. I hope you do read it soon, and thanks so much! I can't wait to see what you think of it. ;)

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