Title: THE REMEDY
Author: Suzanne Young
Format / Length: Hardcover / 416 Pages
Publisher / Date Published: Simon Pulse / February 27th 2015
Category / Genre: Young Adult / Dystopian-ish contemporary
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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.
I literally had NO idea what to expect from The Remedy.
As someone who’d s read and enjoyed both The Program and The Treatment, I headed into this one with slight trepidation, because — if I’m being honest — I’ve never had a high opinion of prequel. Usually I’m more interested in what happens AFTER the story finishes…. not before. (Which an exception being The Assassin’s Blade… and now this.) I did, though, find myself engrossed in the story quicker than I thought I would.
- It was fast-paced, and enjoyable as heck
- I wasn’t tooooo fussed with the main character — Quinlan McKee — but she grew on me by the end of the novel
- I loved the relationship between Deacon and Quinlan (BUT THAT ENDING. URGHHGGH.)
- Have I mentioned that ending?
- The Remedy also came across quite a bit like a contemporary. It deals with grief, and pain, and loss, and things you’ll usually find in a YA contemporary, and surprisingly, it just FITTED the novel.
That’s not to say I didn’t have some slight issues with it. (FEAR NOT. They were only slight. And perhaps more of a person preference than any REAL flaw, y’know.)
I had a tough time grasping the concept.
Quinlan McKee is a closer. After a traumatic death, people would hire her to dress up as their dead loved one, and pretend to be them for a week or so. … Yeah, you read that right. SO YEAH. Essentially, it’s a fascinating concept, and was executed very very well… but… really? Because:
- I’m not entirely sure why anyone would want this in the first place!? If a loved one who was close to be died suddenly, there is no way in heck I’d want someone pretending to be them. I guess that some people would get some sort of, uh, comfort from that? But I wouldn’t.
- I felt terrible for Quinlan. Not a criticism of the novel, per se, but GOSH. What. A. Job.
- How was this supposed to help? The idea of closing (from what I understood) was to give the family closure. A nice idea, if not a touch depressing in itself. But how is someone dressing up to look/act supposed to aid that process?
BUT AGAIN. Maybe that’s just me who thinks that.
Basically, this book was just GREAT.
I really, really did love it. I loved the characters, the storyline, and the way it hinted at things (ie the epidemic) in the main series. And don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure you could read this without even having read The Program/The Treatment. So it essentially reads as a standalone series, and I loved it for that.
AND THAT ENDING.
I want more.
Twist after twist after glorious twist.
(Which I simultaneously loved and hated, because oh my gosh, there’s a sequel right!?)