July 19, 2013

Program 13 Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway


Program 13 (The Emile Reed Chronicles #1)
Author: Nicole Sobon
Genre: YA Science Fiction (15+)
Release Date: August 15, 2012

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble


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?

Program 13 is the first book in a young adult science fiction series that follows Emile Reed as she is killed and then turned into a Program - a robot that has the appearance of being human. Only Emile didn't truly die that night - and now she's fighting her way into the core of the Program so she can regain her freedom from Vesta Corp and it's tyrannical owner - Charles McVeigh. There is no way that McVeigh will let her go willingly - because Emile just happens to be very different from the other Programs and without her, there is nothing left for him.

This was an exciting and fast paced science fiction thriller that had me engaged from the beginning. Emile was a really fascinating main character. She starts out as a human teenager who is then killed. When we meet her again, she is now a Program - a robot that is created to appear human. Emile has a lot of strength, courage, and dedication to doing what she believes is right - it's quite evident in the way that she fights back against McVeigh and Vesta Corp in order to gain her freedom and expose what is really happening at the facility. The plot isn't really original, but the action along with the exciting twists and turns definitely sets it apart from other books in the same genre. I enjoyed reading about the dystopian-like world and the background of Vesta Corp. The author gave great detailed descriptions throughout the novel so I easily found myself immersed alongside Emile on her journey to freedom. The writing was well done, although at times I felt it was a bit forced - especially Emile's thinking and the dialogue - but other than those few instances, it was fast paced and I found myself rooting for Emile right away. Definitely an interesting start to what will undoubtedly be an intriguing series - recommended for fans of YA science fiction and dystopian novels.
Nicole Sobon is the author of the Emile Reed Chronicles, Capture, No Place Like Home, and various short stories.

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Giveaway: (1) ebook copy of PROGRAM 13 + (1) bookmark. Ebook giveaway is open INT! Bookmark giveaway is US/CAN only!  If the winner chosen is from the US/CAN, they will receive the ebook and the bookmark.

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  1. Glad you liked it, Steph! The dystopian live world building sounds really neat I'm a sucker for sci-fi books!! Great review! :)

    1. Thanks Giselle! If you love sci-fi and dystopians - you should definitely give this one a shot! :)