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THE REMEDY Blog Tour: Interview with Suzanne Young + Giveaway

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I am absolutely thrilled beyond belief to be today’s stop on THE REMEDY Blog Tour. I recently devoured this series – yes it’s totally binge-worthy – and am now officially addicted and a fan for life. This world is incredible and chilling and awesome.

And this prequel novel is every bit as amazing as THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT and THE RECOVERY. I gave THE REMEDY my off-the-menu 6-star rating, it was just that spectacular.

So, of course I was super excited to be able to interview Suzanne Young for my stop today and ask her about Quinn, whether she prefers to write duologies or trilogies, who her favorite character is, and what it is like to be a House Hunters celeb.

If you’d like to know what she had to say to those questions and a few others, scroll down to the interview which follows below the information about THE REMEDY. If you want to check out a few – or all – of the stops on the tour, the schedule is at the bottom of this post.

And if you’d like the chance to win some amazing bookish prizes, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter before you go.

THE REMEDY releases next week on April 21st, so be sure to pre-order your copy so you won’t have to wait to dive in. And if you are new to the series, you don’t have to have read THE PROGRAM or THE TREATMENT to thoroughly enjoy it, though you might miss a few of those “aha” and “Oh. My. Gosh.” and “nowaynofreakingway” moments.


About THE REMEDY

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Title & Series: THE REMEDY (The Program #0.5)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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Can one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion to The 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.

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The Interview

Q. If you had to describe THE REMEDY in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

THE REMEDY is about identity, grief, and loss. It’s about the lengths people will go to stop feeling pain. And the cost of that kind of closure.

Q. What was your favorite part about inventing a world prior to that in The Program and what were some of the challenges of developing the world?

I loved being able to start fresh with the characters, but keep that same sort of “other” feel to the reality. The toughest part, though, was tying it in to The Program without retelling the same story. I think I succeeded in making this its own series, but that was a challenge. 

Q. For those who haven’t yet met Quinn what would you say her best quality/qualities are? And her worst?

I think her best quality is her empathy—she uses it to help people find closure. Her worst quality is her trusting nature, at least, that’s a terrible quality if you’re a character in one of my novels. 

Q. Being a closer sounds like an incredibly difficult job. Especially with the requirement that in order to be successful you can’t become attached. What is it about Quinn that made her so successful at her job for such a long time?

I think the reason Quinn is so great at her job is because she DOES care. She believes in what she does. She truly wants to help people. I also think she’s been trained since she was a child, and she uses those techniques with skill. 

Q. Across all your books, which character was your favorite to write about and why?

I really loved writing Dallas. I thought she was terribly complicated, and I loved discovering more about her. 

Q. What do you enjoy most about writing books in a series? And when it comes to a series, do you prefer writing a duology or a trilogy? And why?

I prefer a duology because I like to write every book like it’s going to end, and with a trilogy, I find I get stuck in the middle book. It’s nice to write a series because by the second book, you know the characters so well. You can get to the meat of the story. 

Q. What was it like being on House Hunters? (You were totally amazing by the way!) Would you change anything about your TV debut? And after it aired, what has the outreach been like?

I would stop talking smack about desert landscaping! haha To be honest, it’s TV. That was an angle they could hit over and over. I don’t actually despise desert landscaping! I love my cactus! And I’m aware that I no longer live in Oregon. 

The outreach has been pretty cool! I received a bunch of messages, most of them positive. Although I did have one person tell me they got my book because of the show, but stopped reading it because it wasn’t appropriate. I was like… Sorry? 

Fiktshun: Okay, I have to chime in about the House Hunters response. Now, of course, I have to go back and count how often you talk about desert landscaping because I hadn’t noticed there was smack talk involved! 🙂

And it was such fun to watch, I can imagine you have quite a few new readers because of your television celebrity status. But I am totally baffled about the appropriateness comment… or why that person felt the need to share that…


About Suzanne Young

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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 HOTEL RUBY. She was also on an episode of House Hunters where she talked about her love of grass and trees (while living in the desert).

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Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: THE PROGRAM (The Program #1)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

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Title & Series: THE TREATMENT (The Program #2)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

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Title & Series: THE RECOVERY (The Program #2.5)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 78
Formats: Audio, eBook

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Six months after the fall of The Program, ex-handler Michael Realm is struggling with his guilt. After all, he was instrumental in erasing the memories of several patients—including one he claimed to love. With a lifetime of regret stretched before him, Realm vows to set things right.

Along with his friend, James Murphy, Realm will track down those he’s hurt in an attempt to give them back their lives—starting with Dallas Stone. He’s not looking for forgiveness or redemption; he’s not a hero. But Realm hopes that with each recovered past, he’ll be able to reclaim a small bit of his own.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • 1 winner will receive a signed set of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, and THE REMEDY
  • 1 winner will receive a signed ARC of HOTEL RUBY

Giveaway is US ONLY

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

April 13th – Once Upon a Twilight – Interview
April 14th – Books and Swoons – Review
April 15th – Fictitious Delicious – Guest Post
April 16th – My Reading Room – Review
April 17th – Fiktshun – Interview

Week Two

April 20th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review
April 21st – Bad Bird Reads – Guest Post
April 22nd – Novel Novice – Review
April 23rd – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Interview
April 24th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Review

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