Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: The Epidemic by Suzanne Young

Title: The Epidemic
Author: Suzanne Young
Series: Book #0.6 (Prequels as full length novels) in The Treatment Series
Published By: Simon Pulse (April 19, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!


Book Description:
Can one girl help others find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones? Find out in this riveting sequel to The 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.










I absolutely love Young's ability to write raw harsh characters and circumstances and to do it so beautifully that you almost forget the tough subject matters and characters.

This spin off series and its predecessor have quickly become a favorite of mine and one that I just can't seem to get enough of. 

Fantastical, fascinating, and completely compelling, it had me once again hooked from the first page as Quinn's journey continues where The Remedy ended. 

I absolutely adore Young's creativity and her capability to weave a tale that is both believable and realistic in its horrors. With a talent to knead in details and facts from the first two books The Program and The Treatment, and completely make it all new and also familiar. With hints at book one and two that made things so much clearer while still making you want to read them all over again to make sure you didn't miss something now that more is laid out in front of you. I truly enjoyed every bit of detail about not only Quinn and her friends but how it all began and came about. 

This was an exciting addition to the series and one that I'm so glad Young gave us. This truly is a series that any lover of dystopian will devour and be left wanting more.






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

38 comments:

  1. I need to get into this pronto. Always said I would read The Program but kept putting it off. Now I'm paying the price by hearing of this spin off awesomeness second hand. Thanks for the info and top notch review.

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    1. It is really a fun series in a darker sort of way. It definitely isn't full or rainbows and sunshine but that is what makes it great I think.

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  2. I never started this series, but now that there is a prequel, I may start with this one. I've read great things about it, but I was tired of the YA dystopian craze for a minute. So glad that you love this!

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    1. This is actually the second prequel so read the first one #0.5 first or you'll be a bit lost. ;)

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  3. You are SO on top of reading these short stories for books! Meanwhile, I have no clue they've been put out. Thankfully, I have you to let me know about them! :D

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    1. They really are fun and they are all 300 pages or so so they read like a full length novel which is really nice. ;)

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  4. Sounds like a great story. As a lover of dystopians, I'm going to have to add this to my TBR list. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. This is one of my favorites and I read a lot of them so that is saying something. ;)

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  5. I'm really excited to see you loved this one, Ali! I'll be sure to pick up a copy on release day. I adored the other books in this series too though that cliffhanger nearly killed me in the previous book.
    Wonderful review, Ali!

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    1. Yeah it was brutal, there isn't a cliffie in this one since it leads right to the first book so read this one with ease. ;)

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  6. Love dystopian novels Ali, this one looks great! Thanks!

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    1. They are fun and even though they are darker, I still really enjoy them. ;)

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  7. I really want to read this series. So glad to see this one was a great addition to it. Great review!

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  8. I have long been meaning to try this series and it keeps eluding me.

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  9. How many books are in this series? I'm very intrigued.

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    1. Technically four. Two in the original and then two prequels that are full length novels.

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  10. So is this more like a psych thriller than an action one?

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    1. It's a dystopian of sorts but, yeah sort of LOL, it's hard to explain.

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  11. Aaand I own book one and two. Have I read them? Nope. Eek. This sounds so good Ali! Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I have way too many of those as well Kim. ;)
      And thank you so much!!

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  12. I still haven't read this series and I don't know why since it seems like I'd love the characters.

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  13. I honestly was unable to enjoy The Remedy. It was just too dry for my taste, but I was able to appreciate the storyline and the world building Ms. Young has created. I'm glad you're enjoying the spin off.

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  14. I know I need to try this author, I keep hearing great things about her

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    1. I want to try her other series too, they all look great!

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  15. Oh, this sounds so good Ali! I love it when YA reads are a bit gritty and it seems like Young can really write them well. I will make sure to check this series out some more :)

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    1. She really does write them well, I so need to try her other series as well.

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  16. I still need to read The Program. I had a friend tell me just the other day that I need to read it. I'm glad you liked this one! :D

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  17. I'm so glad you loved this! I adore her books!

    My blog is broke at the moment but we're working on it (5 days now...).

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    1. I noticed that! I hope you get it working soon, I miss your blog!!

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  18. I haven’t read anything by this author, but I’ve heard a lot of positive things about Treatment. I need to finally pick it up. Wonderful review, Ali!

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  19. I didn't realize that these prequels were full-length novels, so I'm really glad I decided to click on this post in my feed! Sounds like this was just as good as the original series!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. They definitely are to both counts. ;)

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