Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Page Count: 416
Published by: Simon Pulse
Source: eArc received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
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, and studies them through pictures and videos. 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.
The Remedy was such an enjoyable book! I am a huge fan of the first 2 books in the series, and I was so excited when I learned that there would be a prequel. I couldn't wait to find out what happened before The Program and The Treatment. I'm happy to say that The Remedy did not disappoint!
I enjoyed the characters in The Remedy so much. The protagonist, Quinn, was pushed into being a closer by her father, but deep down she really did want to help people. I felt sorry for her as she was pushed harder than ever to help the family she was assigned to. I liked that Quinn and Aaron were just friends, and not romantically interested in each other. They were always there for each other, and I really enjoyed their unique friendship. For some reason, I absolutely loved Deacon, Quinn's ex-boyfriend. I didn't trust him and I couldn't tell what his intentions were, yet I liked him despite these things. He and Quinn's relationship was messy and complicated, but Quinn knew that she could count on Deacon to be there for her no matter what.
This story was fabulously creepy. There's no other way to describe it. When Quinn started feeling like she was losing her true self, I really sympathized with her. And when the truth started to unravel, I was just as shocked as she was. Her discovery left me quite surprised, even though I should have seen it coming. And then that ending? It was SO exciting and now I need more!!!
This book was SO good! I highly recommend reading the entire Program series. It's been very entertaining so far, and I can't wait for The Epidemic to be released.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars