The Treatment by Suzanne Young Book Review!

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Title: The Treatment (The Program #2)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release Date: April 29th 2014
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★


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Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?
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My Review: 
The Treatment is the sequel and finale to The Program duology by Suzanne Young. I generally keep my reviews spoiler free as possible and only use them if necessary, hidden with a spoiler tag, but if you haven't read The Program, I would go read that before reading this review of The Treatment. On to the review! 

The Treatment continues right after the end of the first book with Sloane and James running away and meeting with the 'rebels.' I understood that this term meant that there were groups of people that rebelled against the authority of The Program but calling these groups of kids rebels bothered me. 
They didn't do much but just go from one safe house to the next with no real plan to take down this organization that was oppressing them with the exception of one club scene that seemed so out of left field and was just used as a device to introduce a major character. 

I got used to the term 'rebel' and I liked the new characters and how they interacted and became close with Sloane. The plot is solid and I like how the author deals with topics such as depression, loss, happiness and memory without overwhelming the reader and distorting the story that is being told. 

Realm is trash and manipulative as usual with no redeeming qualities to his character. One prime example is telling Sloane the story of his suicide attempt in graphic detail, then telling her that he loves her more than her boyfriend ever could. Yikes. 

Some reviewers mentioned that the ending is too abrupt and optimistic. Although I thought that the chain of events that led to the ending happened too fast for my liking, ultimately I liked the ending and where James and Sloane ended up.  

I really enjoyed this series and I'm glad that Young took themes such as teen suicide and depression seriously and didn't make them frivolous and convoluted, which could have easily happened when you're making an alternate present where teenagers are killing themselves. 

I recommend this series, it's entertaining and interesting and it took me a while to finish The Treatment because I was enjoying it so much and I didn't want it to end. 

Check out my review of the first book in the duologyThe Program







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2 comments :

  1. i haven't heard of this book or The Program before so thank you for sharing! i'm definitely going to check them out now and great review also :)
    one girl one book

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