Saturday, May 3, 2014

Book Review: The Treatment

Title The Treatment

Series The Program, book 2

Author Suzanne Young

Release Date April 29, 2014

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?

The Treatment is a decent follow-up to The Program, but certainly not as strong.

I felt more disjointed from the characters this time around. I understand that Sloane doesn't have her memories and she's certainly not the same person as a result. It just made it harder for me to feel anything towards her. As per the first book, I had very mixed feelings about James. I hoped to find out more about Realm, but was left disappointed. As for the new characters, I'm not sure about them. Dallas was okay and I felt like she helped the story along. Cas was pretty useless and his role could have been fulfilled by Realm. The reporter, Kellan, was useful.

I felt unsatisfied with the majority of the book. I wanted answers to the questions I had at the end of the first book (namely, how did the epidemic start?), but was left with half-answers. I didn't care for the love triangle. It made more sense in the first book, but here it was more of a distraction than anything. I was satisfied with the ending, though. While pretty rushed, it ended fully and without the need for another book.


3.5 out of 5 stars

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