OK, so Suzanne Young wins for one of the most creative premises for a YA book we’ve heard in a long time. Her next novel, “The Remedy,” is basically about a girl who is hired to become a deceased loved one in order to help families move on — and if that doesn’t grab you, the novel’s gorgeous cover definitely will. We’ve got the exclusive reveal below.
“The Remedy” is the third book in a series about a world in which death is carefully managed and controlled — the upcoming tome is basically a prequel to “The Program” and “The Treatment,” which find our society in the middle of a suicide epidemic.
“I’m crazy for this cover!” Young told MTV News. “It has shades of ’The Program,’ but what I love most is how strong the main character looks. She’s badass! I also adore how the guy is staring at her with both concern and longing. Their connection is an essential part of the story.”
“I think fans of ’The Program’ are really going to love ’The Remedy,'” she added. “It’s a little tougher, grittier, maybe even sexier. Although the characters are different, I think readers will be surprised to see how these stories tie together. And what it means for ’The Program.'”
Romance and a hefty layer of weird, weird darkness? We’ll take it. “The Remedy” drops next Spring and we can hardly wait. In the meantime, Young gave us the following amazing description:
Quinlan McKee is a closer, a person hired to play the short-term role of a deceased loved one in order to give their family closure. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears the dead person’s clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. Quinn is deft at recreating herself, but sometimes she confuses her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed.
When she’s given her longest assignment yet, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with Isaac, 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.