Review: The Epidemic – Suzanne Young

Review: The Epidemic – Suzanne YoungThe Epidemic by Suzanne Young
Series: The Program #0.6
Published by Simon Pulse
Published: April 19th 2016
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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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

How do you review a book that puts an exclamation point on a fantastic series? Honestly, what can I really say about The Epidemic that won’t give away the whole plot of The Program and The Treatment or even The Remedy for that matter? What Suzanne Young did with this series is nothing short of perfection and I feel like I used all the words I can to tell you what I loved about each book and they all apply to The Epidemic as well. (You can find my reviews HERE, HERE and HERE). I guess what I can try to do and explain why I loved the series as a whole.

In my review for The Program I mentioned what fascinated me the most about the story was what came first, the depression or The Program? It was such a simple concept and one that stuck with me. It seemed like these kids were in an endless loop of fear. They couldn’t feel grief and loss because then they were high risk and pushed into mandatory therapy but they also couldn’t not feel them because the really could become depressed. They were in a catch-22 of sorts and The Program showed that. This kids had no choices and that made it even scarier of an idea and made me curios where it started.

Then there was The Treatment. The Treatment was different from The Program as it showed what happened after you were taken away from you. It showed what happened after you completed The Program and how it effected every part of your life. It was so interesting to see what the kids would put themselves through to get control of their lives and not live in fear. They put everything on the line and did it without flinching. But still I wondered how it all truly started, what came first.

So that brings me to The Remedy (which I said I was scared to read in my review of it) and The Epidemic. Both books billed as part of a duology and prequels to The Program and The Treatment. Each book added a layer to the already fantastic narrative Suzanne Young created and did the impossible by making the story even better. There are subtle and obvious connections in the prequels that really make parts of The Program and The Treatment stand out. Honestly I can’t say enough good things about the two books and the series in general.

What I’m trying to say here is that Suzanne Young pulled off something very few authors could do. She started at the middle, went to the conclusion, backed up to the beginning, and connected it all together with a fantastic ending and did it perfectly leaving very few questions.  I know a lot of you have read The Program and The Treatment and if you have I highly suggest picking up the prequels and finding out what this story is really made of. And for those of you that haven’t read any of them? Stop waiting! Pick up The Program and read them by release date. You won’t be sorry.

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