As a “professional” reviewer (and believe me when I say I use that word lightly) I spend hundreds of hours each month immersed in the written word. Most of the time…I read a book, shrug/eye-roll/smile/or shudder/ write down a few notes and move on. These books are not bad, just… forgettable.
Other times, I’ll pick up a book and be impressed. It’s entertaining The characters are believable, and the plot is everything you expect from a quality crafted novel.
But rarely do I pick up a book and realize, too little too late, that what I’m reading is not a book at all, but rather someones soul slathered across page after page of brilliant white paper. That “words” is just a silly way of saying declarations/vows/edicts/pain and that “brilliantly heartbreaking” are the most beautifully combined adjectives known to man.
“The Program” is one of these rarities. It will influence your dreams. Dominate your conversations, and completely shatter any misconstrued sense of stability you currently possess.
It is also…one of the best book I have ever read. Period.
Someone once asked me what is harder: Writing a review of a horrible book or a wonderful book? And my answer has always been the same.
“It’s much harder to express happiness adequately than to tell someone something stinks.”
And while I still believe that to be true, today I found myself in an entirely different predicament. Writing a review for a book that has left an emotional footprint on my heart.
Contrary to popular belief I am not an Ice Queen. It DOES take me a little long to get emotionally involved (when it comes to books) I’ll happily admit that, but if you are the person that is able to chip the armor you will forever have my respect.
Suzanne Young is now officially one of those people.
To make a long story short…The program is about love. It’s not about suicide (though that is a major staple.) It is not about the pitfalls of a Dystopian society (Even if that is where the characters reside.) It’s about the emotional and physical response a person has when presented with the possibility of having nothing. The torture they are willing to endure to guarantee happiness. The parts of themselves they are willing to sacrifice for their soulmate. The hatred felt when someone tries to take all of that away because they are convinced your emotions are a plague. To know love. Feel love. And then have it ripped from your mind under the guise of protection. That is the plot of “The Program.” And it’s a plot that touches on fears ALL of us have, but never admit.
Now…I could go on and on about the emotional ramifications of reading this book. Tell you that from page 90-220 I could have been mistaken for the bathroom faucet, my tears were flowing so heavily. But I have a feeling I wouldn’t do it justice. That I’d sound mocking instead of sincere. So instead…I’ve chosen to speak through quotes. Quotes that only hint at the depth of emotion and heartbreak found in the pages of this astonishing addition to the literary world.
This, my friends, is a book worth reading, loving and sharing. It encapsulates the best and worst of human emotions, and it does so in a truly exquisite way. Don’t let this one pass you by. You will regret it later.
Happy Reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: “Don’t do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts.” – Henry Rollins