Title: The Complication
Author: Suzanne Young
Publisher/Year: Simon Pulse 4/24/18
Length: 324 Pages
Series: The Program #6
Every cure has a cost.
Tatum Masterson learned this after years of being monitored by The Program. She witnessed it when her boyfriend, Wes, came back changed, erased. And now, even the newest “cure” has a heavy cost—one she and Wes paid.
The Adjustment came into Tatum’s life just when she thought she needed it most, a promise for Wes to get back his forgotten memories. But when the procedure went wrong, a revelation shattered everything Tatum thought she knew.
Now, with no one left to trust, Tatum must find out what really happened last summer. And with the help of the boyfriend she lost, Tatum will have to dig into the past and future of The Program and its handlers.
And discover the true cost of a cure.
I”ve been on the journey with this series for quite a long time and seeing how our author Ms Young is able to weave the stories of the different couples at the varying stages in the program, while also making sure to continue the thread throughout that keeps them all continuous, constant, and concurrent is impressive. We’ve seen so much pain and heart ache, so much trickery and lying, and some of our favorite characters will forever be on the run so that they can have their happy endings. So it’s time to see not only how things end up for Tatum and Wes now that a huge bomb has been dropped on Tatum’s reality, but we also get to see how things continue and potentially end for The Program, for Realm and for a few others.
I think that it’s hard sometimes to get a good YA series that isn’t only on the surface a lot of the time. That goes a bit deeper for several relationships and story lines, as well as gives us the romance, the aspiration that you know is needed in the genre. We get that here.
Tatum’s world was blown up when she learned at the end of The Adjustment that her life isn’t at all what she thought. that she went through The Program. She now has absolutely no idea what’s real, what’s been taken and what’s been implanted and who’s been lying to her, her entire life. It’s a crazy roller coaster story that we get here coming to terms with everything. When we fear that handlers are all around them, i have to admit that i guessed who a few were. When we worry that some of the authority figures and family members are on the right or wrong side, more often than not, i’m wrong.
The constant though which we saw in the other installments is that while the program was able to erase memories, it’s often unsuccessful in erasing what the heart feels and believes, and we see over and over again that the romances, the loves between these couples really continues to come through.
Throughout this installment, we’re taken back to Dr Warren who is Tatum’s therapist and who we learn has her own motives. We are back at the Adjustment office and what we see and learn there turns the world upside down. We’re introduced to new ‘legitimate’ folks who really do play a key role as the story comes to a finale. We see lives ruined and lives brought back together. The biggest question of all, is the Program dead once and for all? i know that we believed that it was before, but i don’t know that we’ll ever learn the truth there.
I’m kind of sad to think that perhaps this is the last installment because of the events that happened at the end, i’ve been really engaged with all characters here. Realm while cocky really intrigued me. Sloane/James, Tatum/Wes, Realm/Dallas, Nicole/deacon….there are so many story lines that we got to follow and enjoy that now without them it’ll be sad. Oh well – that’s the life of a reader right? on that note, i hope you all enjoy the rest of your day!