Author: Suzanne Young
Release date: April 30th 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Program #1
Series: Program #1
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How can we even say that a novel is really of Dystopian genre? Will we just depend on the synopsis? Will we just try to think it's Dystopian because we're supposed to? Or should we actually dissect the novel?
The Program seriously reminds me of Delirium. It's sort of the same but then it is not. This one shows that Suicide is an epidemic and that Depression is its main symptom. While Delirium for me was able to cleared out its Dystopian boundaries, The Program failed to do so. It said that The Program was only done years ago. And that, not everyone will actually undergo it. Only those showing the symptoms and below the age of 18. Also, only some countries were having it. So where does the rest of the world lie upon that? While some have The Program, some are still normal countries? Even if it said that countries are beginning to adapt The Program, there's still a little blur for me. So think about this, it's like only The Program is actually Dystopian not the whole country or place for that matter. Well, maybe that'll change on the sequel.
Another thing I notice is the fact that Depression and Suicide were used as what? Dystopian factors? These two are psychological factors. And while I appreciate Suzanne's attempt to address these factors, I just don't totally buy it. These are only two of the strongest problems we have and I think Suzanne was trying to do the easy way out. Like use it in a Dystopian novel so we'll get rid of it. But no, I just don't really buy it. Sorry, I'm studying Psychology so I just don't. I just don't. Maybe I'm bias. But I just don't feel like everything fit in, you know. Although Behavioral Contagion is really a fact and was only mentioned a few times. The theory that it is a factor for Suicide being an epidemic wasn't even discussed pretty well. It was only mentioned, end of discussion.
For all I know everyone loved this and consider this a Dystopian novel. But I didn't feel like it was totally Dystopian. I felt like it was more of a contemporary romance with some touch of Sci-fi because teenagers are being put in this facility wherein they're drugged to forget their memories. But not their pain. That's one of the loopholes that I've found pretty irritating. The thing is, depression doesn't just come from memories. Sure, memories are like stimulants for depression. But then, even if one's memories are washed away, the pain will still be there because pain is more of a feeling. So The Program erased memories but not pain leaving returners the chance to feel more confused. I know patients were even given some drugs for emotions but the thing is, it doesn't work. Emotions far by are so interchanging.
Even if I was rambling for awhile, I actually enjoyed this but it didn't meet my high expectations. It didn't led me to believe that this is a total Dystopian! Dystopian nowadays are getting so cliche too! I enjoyed James and Sloane's love life. And! I'm rooting for James so I'm going to figure out what will happen on the sequel.