The Remedy is the thrilling and intense prequel to The Program series, written by Suzanne Young.
Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families. She has a special skill. She can ‘become’ anyone.
Recommended by grief counsellors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased love one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, or course, but she wears their clothes and chances her hair, studies them through pictures and videos and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, practically be them. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.
Now seventeen, Quinn has mastered the act of recreating herself, though sometimes it is confusing because of all the past 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 behind Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.
Oh my god. Oh. My. God. Okay, before y’all start thinking that I absolutely hated this book, let me set you straight. I loved this book. Mind-boggling, head-over-heels loved this book. When you love a book that much, where do you even begin? You would think that after blogging about books I love for two and a half years now, I’d have figured that out. Nope. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try…
First of all, The Remedy is the prequel to The Program and The Treatment. You definitely don’t have to read The Program duology before reading this one. You can read these books in any order you choose, though I’d advise reading the first Program book before the second one, but, ya know, it’s you’re life and I’m not going to tell you how to live it. All I’m going to do is tell you everything I loved about this book – and there wasn’t anything I hated about it so I can guarantee you there’s no secrets there – in the hopes that you might decide pick it up. And I definitely hope you either have or you will.
One of the things I absolutely adored about this book was its dystopian setting. I loved how it felt so real and I could imagine something like that occurring in the future, though it’s not something I would like to see. Man, that would be creepy. But you catch my drift. I fell in love with that world. Honestly, I don’t know how Suzanne Young comes up with these ideas. I feel like once you read the blurb, that’s it. You have to read the book, or else wondering what was going to happen in the book would plague your thoughts and infest your brain and leave you writhing around on the floor begging for answers with your last breath. Okay, maybe I went a bit far there. But this book I definitely addictive right from the first page. It’s impossible to put down, not that I’d even want to. This book was captivating from start to finish and I’m already excited for the next book, The Epidemic.
Another thing I loved about this book was the complexity of our main character, Quinn. She was most interesting because of what she was – a closer. She always has to change who she is for her work to help other people, but at times she forgets who she really is and she feels like she might lose herself. Her ‘identity crises’ of sorts were interesting to be a part of because they made her charter so much more deep and complex than we could have ever imagined at first glance. Quinn also changed a lot from the beginning of the book to the end. Of course, with a reveal like that (which we’ll move on to shortly, spoiler-free of course) she would have had to have changed, but we even saw it before that. In the beginning, Quinn seemed a little cold and emotionless at times. I loved seeing her vulnerable side and the times when she was most emotional were the most exciting and intense parts of the book.
I feel like there are two types of booklions in this world. Get my PolandBananasBooks reference? Awesome. I love you people. If you don’t, just click here and we’ll rectify that 😉 So, back to the types of booklions. There are those who like love triangles more and there are those who like forbidden love more. I love both of them, but if there’s a really great love triangle, I feel like there’s nothing better. What I absolutely love is being torn between two male leads. Take Will and Jem from Clockwork Angel. Or Peeta and Gale from The Hunger Games. Or Edward and Jacob from Twilight. You get it. And while you’re hear, tell me which guys you prefer from those three series down below – mine are Will, Gale and Jacob ❤
Aaaanyway… back to the review. This love triangle was amazing because I loved both of the guys and I was torn between them, like in all good books. There was the one who Quinn had history with, not to mention chemistry. And neither of those are the school subjects, just to be clear. And then there’s the guy who Quinn only just met, the guy who is kind but grieving and somewhat broken. Both guys were incredibly swoon-worthy. If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know who you preferred! For me, it’s impossible. It would be like making me choose between Buttercup (the cat from The Hunger Games) or Church (the cat from The Mortal Instruments). Wow, my similes are just getting weirder as time goes on.
Alright, it’s time for the ‘big reveal’ talk! No spoilers, I promise. If you haven’t read this book, just know that something incredible is revealed in the end and it makes you question everything you’ve been reading and just be prepared to be completely shocked. Got that? Awesome. And so if you’ve read this book, you’ll know what I’m talking about. You’ll know why I freaked out so much, and also why I loved it so much. There was kind of two big reveals at the end of this book, and because of that, I’m super super eager to get my hands on the next one asap. Publishers, I’m looking at you. Maybe a cheeky ARC? That’s a nerd’s version of ‘cheeky Nandos’, just so y’all know.
Okay, so there was only on tiny issue I had with this book. Is it weird that I never read the blurb to books before I read them? I just never turn to the back to read a paragraph about a book I’m about to read because I feel like it’s a waste of time and might spoil something. Instead, I jump on to Goodreads, take a sneaky look at the average ratings, skim the synopsis to make sure it doesn’t have my banned words, such as ‘trolls’ or ‘ancient’ – I don’t like trolls nor books that are set too far in the past, and then if it’s all good, I’ll go out and buy it. So far, my method hasn’t led me too far astray. But with this book, I think it would have been really handy to read he blurb before beginning. If you didn’t, the first six or so pages would be slightly confusing. However, I quickly realised my mistake, read the blurb, then understood completely. Tip number one – read this book after reading the blurb. Feel free to tell me I’m stupid for never reading blurbs. I’m sorry, blurb-writers.
Overall, this book was intense, dramatic and jaw-droppingly, heart-stoppingly (yeah, I know that’s not a word) amazing. You can read this either before The Program or after it, either way, you’ll still fall in love with it. It’s inevitable. Unless you’re as heartless as some of the closers, but I hope that’s not true. I think the best of all of you. So I’d give The Remedy by Suzanne Young a score of 10 out of 10. Bring on the next book!
P.S. – I love having a little chit chat with y’all down in the comments. So tell me, have you read this book? Are you planning on reading it? Have you read The Program? Will or Jem? Peeta or Gale? Edward or Jacob? I want to know all the answers that lie deep within your soul 😉
A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!