There was a lot riding on this book. Not only did Young have to wrap up the prequel duology with it, but she also had to set up and explain The Program for the first book in the core duology. Luckily, I think she did a great job on both accounts.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another review from The Program series, today it is the sequel to the prequel, The Epidemic by Suzanne Young.

As with Young's other sequel, this book picks up right where the first book in the prequel series left off. This review will obviously contain spoilers for The Remedy, so look away now if you haven't read it yet! Quinlan and Deacon are right where they left us, on a bus headed to see Arthur Pritchard - to find out who Quinn truly is. But Quinn begins to wonder who she can really trust or if everyone in her life is just trying to use her. When she meets Virginia, Arthur's daughter, she is struck by the similarities of their lives and begins to realize that the doctor's intentions, even with his own daughter, might just be mad.

Right from the beginning, this book felt different than the rest of the books in this series. The other ones have had action and suspense, but this one takes the cake. I'm not sure if it is the fact that The Program was one of Young's earlier books and by the time this book came out, she'd grown into her writing style or if it's simply just the subject matter of the book itself. There truly never is a dull moment in the book. When things are slow in the main plot, there's something going on in the background that keeps the story going.

I was really pleased with how Young incorporated this story into the origins of what would later become The Program. I was worried because, while I could see the connections between the stories, there was still a ways to stretch in connecting them fully. But Young was able to bridge the gap and seamlessly transition the story into the beginnings of the next book.

Equally as important, Young was able to wrap up this mini-series as well. I was worried that it would just be filler to get us to The Program but Young really makes sure we are invested in Quinn, Deacon, Reed, and Aaron. When I was reading this book, I was worried about them, not about the next book. And I think that was a really important aspect of this story. It wasn't just a couple characters thrown together to lead up to The Program but a new and equally important story altogether.

Overall, this is a crucial book in the series, and may just be my second favourite, after The Program.