The Program

Suzanne Young, Author, read by Joy Osmanski
Suzanne Young, read by Joy Osmanski. Simon and Schuster Audio, unabridged, digital download, 11 hrs., $23.95 ISBN 978-1-4423-5793-8
Reviewed on: 05/27/2013
In Young’s chilling Orwellian tale, planet Earth is hit with a suicide epidemic and the only way to prevent additional fatalities is something called “the Program”: a cure that eliminates depression, but also wipes clean the memories of those who are treated with it. Joy Osmanski’s narration in this audio edition has a cold, sterile feel that perfectly reflects the author’s prose. Her well-paced delivery will captivate listeners, and her portrayal of central character Sloane—a 17-year-old girl who is afraid to let her true feelings show for fear of ending up in the Program—is layered with raw emotion. Ages 14–up. A Simon Pulse hardcover. (Apr.)