Published by Simon Pulse on April 19th, 2016
Genres: science fiction
Can one girl help others find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones? Find out in this riveting sequel to The Remedy and companion to the New York Times bestselling The Treatment and The Program.
In a world before The Program…
Quinlan McKee has spent her life acting as other people. She was a closer—a person hired to play the role of the recently deceased in order to give their families closure. Through this process, Quinn learned to read people and situations, even losing a bit of herself to do so. But she couldn’t have guessed how her last case would bring down her entire world.
The only person Quinn trusts is Deacon, her best friend and the love of her life. Except Deacon’s been keeping secrets of his one, so Quinn must set out alone to find Arthur Pritchard, the doctor who’s been trying to control her life. The journey brings Quinn to Arthur’s daughter, Virginia, who tells Quinn the truth about Pritchard’s motives. The former closer will start to see that she is the first step in fighting an epidemic.
But Quinlan doesn’t want to be a cure. And with all the lies surrounding her, she realizes she has no one left to rely on but herself—even if she doesn’t know who that is anymore.
This book was exactly what I wanted considering the fact that it was supposed to be the direct lead into The Program. I had a lot of expectations for this book for two reasons: One, like I said, it’s the direct lead into The Program and two, I had some trouble with it’s predecessor, The Remedy, initially. The way The Remedy ended was absolutely amazing and mind-blowing and that made me excited to pick up The Epidemic.
I wasn’t intending to basically finish it in less than 24 hours, but that’s exactly what happened. I devoured this book. It was so great to be back in this world with Quinn, Aaron, Deacon and all the other characters that play such important roles in this series. I couldn’t wait to see what was next for all of these characters.
I was a bit concerned about liking Deacon because we really didn’t get to know him all that much in The Remedy, and I knew how important he was to Quinn. I wanted to love him like I knew Quinn did. I did like him, but I didn’t love him like I wanted to. I liked him and how he cared about Quinn, but I still don’t feel like I got to know him as well as I wanted to.
Early on, Quinn meets August and Eva, both seemingly kindhearted people as she tries her best to stay away from the grief department, but August isn’t who he says he is View Spoiler »He’s actually Roger from both The Program & The Treatment. « Hide Spoiler I sure as heck didn’t expect this. It shocked me and I seriously had to put the book down and calm down. It actually made me want to reread the entire series.
The path of Quinn finding out who she really is was the part I was most curious about. It also combined with the backstory of Dr. Arthur Pritchard and his daughter Virginia. Virginia in particular was interesting to me View Spoiler »especially when it turned out that her own father was erasing her memories. « Hide SpoilerIt seemed like every single time Quinn met up with Virginia, more and more of her memories were gone.
“I guess even in grief we have to continue to live.”
When Quinn first meets Virginia, she finds an instant connection with the fellow teenager, and just about this time, she starts to have flashes. Memories of her past that up until then were nonexistent. She begins to realize that something about Virginia is making her remember her memories. Virginia begins to trust Quinn and Quinn decides to see exactly how far she can push her to get answers on what Virginia’s father, Arthur Pritchard knows about the disappearing memories and about Quinn’s past.
I know a lot of people said that the first half was stronger than the second half, but I think the second half was much stronger than the first. In the second half we got to see the beginnings of what The Program involves and what lead up to that. We got to see the beginnings of the suicide epidemic, which was something I was very curious about. It was heartbreaking and I found myself feeling the feels and that was one thing I thought was missing in The Remedy.
Reed! Oh my goodness, I loved Reed. He may have been my favorite character in this book.Watching his decline was heartbreaking and I hated seeing it or reading about it. I spent a chunk of the book wanted to hug Reed. I do wish we had seen more of him, as he was one of those underrated characters that I love so much.
I do wish we had gotten to see more of Quinn’s journey to find out who she really was. I know that was not the entire plot to the story, but that part kinda seemed crammed into the end in a bit of a rush. Really that was my only real complaint. Well that and the fact that I didn’t completely love Deacon like I wanted to. This was definitely one of my favorite books in the series.