Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Remedy (The Program 0.5) by Suzanne Young

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.
The Remedy (The Program, #0.5)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

  The Remedy by Suzanne Young

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Remedy (The Program, #0.5)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.)

“Aaron Rios and I are closers – a remedy for grief-stricken families.”

This was the best book of this series so far for me, and I actually enjoyed it.

I liked Quinn in this story, she had a really tough job, and her father pushed her so hard all the time. The way she was thrust into the homes of people recently bereaved and expected to make them feel better did not sound like the easiest or least-stressful of jobs!

“I’ll monitor Mr. and Mrs. Barnes for physical reactions to their grief,”

The storyline in this book followed Quinn as she became Catalina Barnes, complete with mother, father, sister, and boyfriend. The job came too fast on the heels of her previous job, and with the added complication of a boyfriend to boot. It was so easy to see why Quinn might have problems distinguishing her own life from that of the people she played, and so horrifying the way she even felt like she was losing her own identity at times.

“Anna and I were close enough to be sisters, and I miss her. I miss the thought of her.
Because I’ve never met Anna Granger. She belonged to someone else’s memory.”

There was some romance in this book, and it was a little triangle-like, with Quinn having to deal with both her ex-boyfriend, and Catalina’s boyfriend Isaac.

“I saw you,” he says miserably. “I saw you kiss him.”

The ending to this was good, and there was also a bit of a twist at the end. I’d really like to know more about what happens to Quinn next!
8 out of 10

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