ARC Review: The Epidemic by Suzanne Young

Title: The Epidemic (The Program 0.6)
Author: Suzanne Young
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia 
Source: Edelweiss 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 19th 2016

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.

Trigger Warning: Suicide 

***This review also has spoilers***

It has been a day and half and I still can't find the words to write my review. Like whoa. I adored The Program and The Treatment and The Remedy, but I always wondered where this all actually started from. What started the suicide epidemic, what are the handlers? In the The Epidemic we see everything that is in The Treatment and The Program be born.  

In The Remedy we learned the biggest shock of all, Quinlan is the closer for her own life. I remembered how shocked I was, and so pissed that I had to wait for The Epidemic to know more. But now Quinlan is on the hunt for who she really is, but things don't go as expected. In search for Dr. Pritchard to find her identity Quinlan gets mixed up with his daughter Virginia, who seems to be at the center of the suicide epidemic going on in her town. But whats the problem? After each suicide Virginia remembers none of it. Like a slate wiped clean. If that isn't deep enough Quinlan must figure out why both Virginia's and her own memories are being manipulated. With the help of Deacon, Aaron, and Reed Quinlan must end this once and for all. 

Confusing, huh? It all makes sense in time, leaving you at the edge of your seat wanting to know more. Suicide is a very touchy subject for me, and Suzanne has managed to write 4 books about it and I have loved every single one of them. Especially the romance. and the dystopia. and everything.

*It was an interesting concept that started the epidemic, it was all social behavior. If this was all left alone it probably would have solved its self, there had been suicide epidemics in past history that resolved eventually. A behavioral contagion. The reasons there are no closers in The Program and The Treatment is because they were turned into handlers, and we get to see the first memory wiping, and everything we ached to see in the other two books. The ending, though good was heart breaking and did leave me teary eyed. But it all works out in the end. I am curious if this crosses over time frames with the other books? 

That is all I am going to leave you with. This is a five star review, so I don't have much to say besides wanting to scream at everyone to read this book series. But so much love for Suzanne and these books, they are worth the time to read. 

Favorite Quote:

"I guess even in grief we have to continue to live."

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