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Program 13 (The Emile Reed Chronicles, 1) by [Sobon, Nicole]
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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?

Series Order:
Program 12: a Program 13 Short Story -- Free on
Program 13 -- Available Now
Allegiance (Digital Short) -- Available Now
Deprogrammed -- Available Now
Standby (Digital Short) -- Available Now
Rebooted -- Available Now
New Beginnings (Digital Short) -- Available Now

The Program Manual -- Summer 2014
The Emile Reed Chronicles: The Untold Stories -- Summer 2014
Rebirth (Standalone McVeigh Novel)-- August 2014

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HASH(0xa09a8e4c) out of 5 stars Program 13 (The Emile Reed Chronicles #1) July 18 2013
By Stephanie Ward - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 Stars

'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.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0b06468) out of 5 stars Review for Program 13 by Nicole Sobon Nov. 4 2012
By Alyssa - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Program 13 by Nicole Sobon
Book One of the Emily Reed Chronicles
Publication Date: August 15, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Bought from Amazon

***Old review; original review posted HERE on November 4, 2012***


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?

What I Liked:

You already know I love science fiction. Well, I loved the concept of this book. A robot made to look like a human is not something new to fiction, but it is not something that is extremely popular in Young Adult literature. Science fiction in general is not very popular in the Young Adult age level. I think Ms. Sobon took a risk with Program 13 being science fiction, but this risk was completely justified by the execution of this book. Ms. Sobon's writing style is excellent - with a consistent tone and voice of the main character. This book was written in first person (Emile's), which was interesting to read, because Emile is a human, but Program 13 is a machine.

I usually have a problem with first person point of view, but this book would be so different and probably not as understandable if it were written in third person. I liked the characters of this book. Emile was a strong protagonist, and has conflicts, about whether she should go back to Vesta Corps to save other people, whether she should run away from those she cares about, and so on. I did not connect with her as easily as I have with other heroines, but this was not a deterrent from finishing the book.

There was a little character development present with Emile, but not as much as I expected. The secondary characters, such as Colton and Hayden, did not have much character development. I liked Colton well enough. He was introduced rather abruptly, and I do not understand some decisions that he made, but he was a good secondary, static character. I am not sure if I liked Hayden. I hope to see more of his character (or some sort of resolution) in future books. Also, I truly felt as if the villains of the story were villains, but at the same time, I felt for them, because they believed they were creating machines for the betterment of society.

The world of this book felt real to me. While readers do not get to see much of the outside world (the setting is mostly either at the organization's headquarters or at the house), the overall feeling of the world was there. So, the world-building was pretty good, but I hope to see more settings in future books. The ending was quite the ending! It involved a very abrupt scene, with many things thrown at the reader too quickly, but it was a good ending, with ample room for a continuation of the series.

Overall, there was plenty of action and intricacies in the plot, but not too much to make a reader irritated. I was so happy to see virtually no romance in this book. It was also clean of bad language, which was nice. There are many other specific things that I loved and liked about this book!

What I Did Not Like:

There were several things about which I was confused when I finished this book, and several things I did not particularly like. I was very confused about Hayden and his presence in the book. I understand what and why he did what he did for Emile, but I question his motives. He was rarely in the story, and when he was there, he wanted to help her, but then he left. And left random (but helpful) notes. And left endless supplies. Somehow, I find that suspicious. I hope Ms. Sobon will expand upon Hayden's role in the story, or resolve his character's involvement.

Also, I mentioned that there was not much character development in this book. Emile is the protagonist of the story, so at the very least, I felt that at least she, of all characters, should go through significant changes from beginning to end. I found that was not the case. Emile was a strong character throughout, and has several moments of conflicted feelings, but overall, there is no major development. From the beginning she wanted to push away Program 13 and protect Colton, and at the end, those were still her goals. I am sure that she wanted to take down Vesta Corp, but this was not a primary goal it seemed.

Also, I found the character of Colton a little strange. I liked him well enough, as he was sweet and very emotional throughout the book. But it was odd how quickly Emile wanted to keep him with her, care for him, and protect him. It just did not seem right to me that Emile would want to get close (not romantically) to a person, after staying in seclusion after so long. I would think that she would be cautious and suspicious and hostile towards anyone that wanted to stay around her. I understand that a part of Program was to assimilate with humans, but at the same time, she was on the run, and logically, she should not trust anyone. Yet she trusted Colton immediately, and welcomed him with her. Because he wanted to kill himself does seem to me like an adequate reason to trust someone. This is probably a small detail that most people would have overlooked, but it bothered me as I was reading. Of course, I was glad that Colton stuck around.

Would I Recommend It:

Yes! This book was full of awesomeness! As big as that "did not like" section looks, trust me, this book is worth reading, if you like science fiction. Ms. Sobon has an interesting spin on human-like robots - something that is very plausible nowadays. This book is for anyone ages 13 and up, and I strongly believe this is not for everyone, as it is a science fiction book. But, give it a try!


4 stars. There are little things that bothered me, but some of them could be remedied or explained later in the series. I was very happy with the execution of this, and therefore very angry that I had not read this book sooner, being that I have had it for a couple of months.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09a8d80) out of 5 stars Program 13 July 18 2013
By Michelle@Book Briefs - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.

3.5/5 stars

*disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa16341f8) out of 5 stars Great book! Dec 11 2012
By Brittany @ Spare Time Book Blog - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was drawn to this book when I read the summary. A book about robots an artificial intelligence...yea I'm in! I love science fiction. There was also a bit of a medical angle too with the whole making bodies into robots. I really enjoyed that part of the book. We get to know a little about Program 13 and Emile. They are kind of the same person and kind of not. It kind of reminded me of the book The Host with the two conflicting identities in one body. Emile has had kind of a tragic life. Considering she died. She starts to make an appearance on 13's personality while still in Vesta Corp due to Hayden's handy work. This poses a problem as Emile's body starts to act funny during her evaluations. This leads to some crazy stuff. She ends up escaping from Vesta Corp. She then tries to figure out how to live her life in the world now. Her life has now changed forever and she has to get used to it while on the run. I felt like sometimes the escaped things a little to easily but, it all worked. Will it all be worth it or will it lead to more complications?

Emile runs into a guy named Colton. She almost kills him actually haha. I really enjoyed Colton. He was not your typical male hero figure. Emile had to rescue him from himself. He had lost his family and was in a dark place. While trying to take care of herself she manages to rescue him. He cares a lot for this new stranger because he doesn't have anyone else. You get to see a little bit more about Emile's brother but, he's not there much. Mostly just by letters. I wish we got to see a little more of him. Perhaps we will in the next book!

Overall, this was a fun quick read. There was action and mystery all in one. The ending was a huge cliffhanger and I will have to see what happens next!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0e762dc) out of 5 stars Totally exciting.. Sept. 20 2012
By n.bradford - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book starts out with a young girl leaving her boyfriends house late at night. Walking home, she gets hit by a car and no one is ever told what had happened to her other than her immediate family. This was because she was needed. Her family was convinced to give her body over to Vesta Corp in the name of science.

Then comes The evil scientist like man Charles McVeigh. McVeigh is a bitter man and along with his sidekick in crime Douglas Todd, they set out to extinguish the human race and replace them with human like programs. This is what they need the bodies for. They use the human body as a shell and insert a metal framing with a "core" and teach this program how to act and eventually feel as a human. They go around talking people into leaving there sick or dead family members with them thinking they will come back healthy or are helping in some way but little do they know they are never going to see their family members again. Well, not in the way they expect to that is.

Program 13 is what she is called. She was young. The youngest so far. She's taken to the programing wonderfully according to all the checkups she's been having. and McVeigh has taken a liking to this one. All programs go through different stages to eventually be deemed fit to enter the world as a "human". But Program 13 is different. She goes through her rigorous routine of hard drive inspections and pod modes but when she is suddenly taken out of level 1 and put into level 3 she doesn't understand why. Especially since shes a newer program. Only 3 months old. When she was taken from her caretaker from level 13 she has these strange feelings of sadness and loss she isn't supposed to be having at all. Level 3 is where the human feelings are typically downloaded into the programs and since she had just arrived there shouldn't have been feeling at all.

McVeigh and Todd realize just how different Program 13 is becoming after one of her scanning sessions. As they are coming back for her, Program 13 escapes from Vesta Corp with the help of her Caretakers Hayden and Tina. Program 13 or Emile, as she found out was her human name, is now out in the world and on the run from McVeigh and Vest Corp. Hayden escapes with her but fears for his families safety and parts ways with Emile but leaves her with money, a car, and directions to a place out in the woods where no one can find her.

As she was racing to get to the house and as far away from McVeigh and Vesta Corp as she possibly could, she almost runs into a boy. His name is Colton. Colton lost his parents in a car accident which His little sister was the only survivor of. She was taken to an orphanage to live so now Colton has no one. Agreeing to go with Emile they head off to the house. Colton doesn't know what he's gotten himself into. Emile is on the run from Vesta Corp and boy is he in for a surprise once he finds out what Emile really is and how she came to be.

Colton and Emile are in for the fight of their lives with Vesta Corp and McVeigh will do anything to anyone to get Program 13 back.

This book is non stop action and totally kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time i was reading it.
You will definitely love this book and will want to read Program 12 the short novella that goes along with it.