Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
4 stars – loved it.
The Remedy is the prequel to Young’s The Program. I haven’t read The Program, but I have always wanted to and might just have to bump it up the list after reading this. If this book is anything to go by it is going to be an awesome read.
The Remedy is set in the future where the mental health of everyone is monitored closely. The Grief department sends closers in to help grieving families. Closers take on the life of someone who has died, giving the family time to say the things they never got to say and a final goodbye so they can start to heal.
Quinn is a closer and has been for the past ten years since she was 7. She is one of the best. After having to start a new assignment straight after completing another, which is usually against protocol, Quinn starts loosing herself. She finds herself in a life so different from her own and one she wished she had. And there is a boyfriend in this assignment, which Quinn had never had to content with before. He is so in love with the girl she is playing, and so gorgeous, and pretending is so easy with him.
But Quinn has a guy of her own. Not a boyfriend, not anymore, but a boy she loves none the less. Duncan is the boy that has always been able to keep Quinn grounded, and the longer the assignment goes on, the more she needs him to ground her. Quinn and Duncan had chemistry that leapt off the page. They never worked well when they were together, but they still love each other, still want each other and it sizzled between them.
Beside the romance there is a page turning mystery weaved throughout. Quinn wants to know why this assignment is so special. What the girl she is playing was hiding from everyone, and what everyone is hiding from Quinn about the girl’s death. Something strange is going on and Quinn wants to get to the bottom of it. Some questions are answered, but a lot are left wide open, and there is a huge left of field twist that will leave you wanting the next book ASAP.
Gripping, romantic and suspenseful, The Remedy is a great YA read that I highly recommend.
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