Publication date: August 15th 2012
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction – 15+
Series: Program 13 #1
Two identities. One Body.17-year-old Emile Reed, may have died, but she isn’t dead. Her body now belongs to Program Thirteen, where her every thought, every movement, is controlled. Until Emile begins to find her way back inside of Thirteen’s core, where she manages to fend off Thirteen’s programming to reclaim the life that she lost. But Charles McVeigh, the owner of Vesta Corp, isn’t willing to let Thirteen go. And he will stop at nothing to reclaim control of Thirteen’s programming. Because without her, McVeigh has nothing.
What makes you human?
I think what I liked most about Program 13 is that it is so different than the books that I have been reading lately. I’ve been so into new adult contemporary romances that sometimes I forget how much I love sci-fi and fantasy and paranormal books. Program 13 reminded me how cool sci-fi books could be!
Emile Reed was human, and is now cutting edge technology as a computer program. And no one really knows what these computer people are capable of or why they are really here. Emile has such a unique perspective, both as a computer and when she is herself as a girl. I loved seeing the world through her human eyes and watching the computer program within her battle with who she is. I also loved that the “black outs” that she experienced were written as ways to get back some of her memories and they also served to give us a peek into the company that makes the computer programs. And the people. I loved it as a way to get some answers and backstories.
The group that made program 13 creeps me out. You don’t get a ton of answers about what is going on and why up front in the story, but so much is going on and the plot is so fast paced and action filled that I never had time to stop and be annoyed with my lack of answers. I was constantly intrigued with what was going to happen next. I got swept up in the fast pace of the book.
At first, I didn’t know what to make of McVeigh. I mean, Emile does meet him under rather strange circumstances. But once I got to know him a little better, I really started to like him. When he walked in on Emile in her pod and was so great about the whole thing, I gave him the thumbs up.
If you like fast paced, action packed science fiction books, you will really enjoy program 13. There are so many close calls in this book and the plot, while not overly complex, does have a few twists and surprises up its’ sleeves. I think this book will leave you excited to read the next book in the series, like I am.
Nicole Sobon is the author of the Emile Reed Chronicles, Capture, No Place Like Home, and various short stories.
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