Series: The Program #3
Published by Simon Pulse on April 18th, 2017
Genres: science fiction
How do you go back to a life you can’t remember? Find out in this follow up to the New York Times bestselling The Program and The Treatment.
Tatum Masterson never went through The Program. She never had her memory stripped, never had to fight to remain herself. But when Weston, her longtime boyfriend and love of her life, was taken by handlers, she hoped he’d remember her somehow—that their love would be strong enough.
Like all returners, Weston came back a blank canvas. The years he and Tatum spent together were forgotten, as well as the week when he mysteriously disappeared before The Program came for him.
Regardless of his memory loss, Tatum fights to get Weston to remember her. And just as they start to build a new love, they hear about the Adjustment—a new therapy that implants memories from a donor. Despite the risks, Tatum and Weston agree to go through the process. Tatum donates her memories from their time together.
But the problem with memories is that they are all a matter of perspective. So although Weston can now remember dating Tatum, his emotions don’t match the experiences. And this discrepancy is slowly starting to unravel him, worse than anything The Program could have done.
And as the truth of their life together becomes clear, Tatum will have to decide if she loves Weston enough to let him go, or to continue to live the lie they’d build together.
Prepare for your Adjustment.
Suzanne Young does it again with the newest installment of The Program series. I am full on obsessed with this series and have been since I read the very first book in the series. When I got the Edelweiss approval email, I downloaded the title so fast, smoke came out of my ears. And I finished this book in two days. I was in a bit of a lull when I picked this book up, but I knew this book would be the one to improve my mood.
I forgot to take into account how depressing the premise of this series is. So saying it improved my mood is not quite right, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It had the exact same feel as both The Program & The Treatment as well as the prequels. I remember reading both The Program & The Treatment and just sobbing my eyes out (particularly with The Treatment) The Adjustment brought a lot of those same feels right into it. I am so thankful for that because I was worried The Adjustment wouldn’t hold the same magic as the rest of the books held.
I really liked Tatum Masterson and I found myself fully invested in her desperate attempt to get her boyfriend, Weston, to remember her. It was heartbreaking that she could remember things that he couldn’t. Remember feelings and words and emotions. The Program took all of that away from him. And just that was enough for me to remember how heartbreaking The Program was and how much that book wrecked my feels. Having Tatum live with her grandparents was unexpected, but I’m always excited when extended family members are big parts of a story.
I was also excited to see that Returners play a bigger part in this story. I was always really curious about those who had been taken into The Program and what had happened to them when they got out. There was never any real attention paid to them. So not only was I excited about Wes, but I was also curious about Vanessa, Alecia & Sebastian among others. I wanted to learn more about what they were experiencing now that The Program had been taken down. And we definitely got that. We really got to see how they were functioning as Returners and let me let you in on a little secret: They aren’t functioning well.
We even got to see and hear names that are familiar to the series. James & Sloane are both mentioned as helpers in the takedown of The Program and we even got to see Realm. Eeeeep! Count me in as one VERY excited reader when we got to see Realm again. There were even characters from the prequels that showed up here in various ways: Reed, Marie and a few others that I am not going to spoil here. I do want you to read the book, so I’ll be good.
These books always end up with twists and turns in them. Some of them you see coming, others you don’t. I saw at least 1 of the twists coming with this one, but the other one, the big one I did not see coming at all. I had so many feelings after I finished this book. I had so many QUESTIONS after I finished this book. I do want to reread the series though and it takes a really awesome series to make me want to do that.
Final thoughts: An awesome new installment to one of my favorite series of all time. If you haven’t read this series yet, change that now.