“The Treatment” by Suzanne Young
Synopsis: 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?
2 out of 5 stars
This is the second book in The Program series and wraps up the story of Sloan and James.
Although both of them have gone through the Program, they have managed to find their way back to each other and through clues that Sloan left for herself, have fallen in love once again. They have barely managed to escape the Program a second time and are on the run with a group of rebels who want to shut down this government-funded and run operation.
This was a good book, but not quite as good as the first. The romance is laid on rather thick here and the addition of a love triangle was just annoying and made me not like Sloan at all. I’m aware that it’s a YA novel but still. The sex scenes were handled appropriately for a YA book and proper birth control was always used. (Mini public service announcement squeezed in the writing there.)
While the rebels are on the run, they learn why the Program was founded and meet the founder himself. He wants the treatment -a pill that will restore all stolen memories that was given to Sloan.
Most of the book revolves around the decision of the treatment. Who should take it? Why should they take it? What happens if they do take it?
I feel a little let down by this book. I wanted to read it and am glad I did, but it reminded me of why I don’t usually care for YA or dystopian fiction. I have no problem with suspension of belief, I just apparently have issues with unending teenage drama.