Giveaway & Mini Review: The Remedy by Suzanne Young
Suzanne Young's The Program and The Treatment duology is one of the most underrated series I've read. It's just so smart and insightful and just plain fascinating. And while that series closed with a very satisfying ending, I was thrilled when I learned that Suzanne was revisiting the world of the series with a prequel, The Remedy.
(Hint: Read this entire post--there's an awesome giveaway sponsored by Simon & Schuster happening too!)
This series is set in a speculative version of our own world, in which sadness and mental illness is so deeply stigmatized that aggressive steps are taken to manage its erasure. Grief, in particular, is seen as something that needs to be eliminated.
Enter The Remedy's "closers," of which Quinlan McKee is the best. Quinlan was raised to be a closer, a professional who impersonates the deceased loved ones of families who can't move on from their losses. Quinlan's newest assignment is the role of Catalina Barnes, and as she helps the family process their grief and bonds with Catalina's boyfriend, the circumstances of Catalina's death raise her suspicious and she begins to question everything she knows--including herself.
Like The Program and The Treatment, The Remedy examines big questions. In the case of The Remedy, the notion of identity is examined in some fascinating ways. So much so that I think this prequel is my favorite of the three novels set in this world thus far.
If you're looking for something a big different, this is a series to pick up. I think there's a misconception that this is a dystopian world, but it's something different that can best be described as speculative.
Giveaway - Don't Lose Yourself Prize Pack
To celebrate the April 21 release of The Remedy, Simon & Schuster is sponsoring a giveaway of a copy of the book and some swell Philosophy face cleanser products. I am so happy to participate in hosting this giveaway because not only did I love The Remedy, I am a big fan of Philosophy (I use their Hope in a Jar moisturizing daily)! So this is an awesome prize pack, I promise.
Disclaimer: Prizing & samples courtesy of Simon & Schuster. Giveaway open to US addresses only. I am not being compensated in any way for hosting this giveaway.
About the Book
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ABOUT THE REMEDY
Can one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion toThe Program and the New York Times bestselling The Treatment.
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of The Program, The Treatment, The Remedy, and A Need So Beautiful.