Title: The Treatment (Program 2)
Author: Suzanne Young
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Stars: 5 of 5
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?
I was so excited for this book to come out. I wanted to see what happened to Sloane and James after they went on the run. Luckily for me this book picks up exactly after the first book ends. Sloane and James are on the run from The Program, they know that they will stop at nothing to get them back. There was the addition of new characters, some I liked some I did not care for like Dallas, I did not like that she was coming onto James with Sloane around, it was almost as if there was a need for a triangle, which there was if you count Realm, the friend that Sloane made inside the treatment center. While he was a great catalyst for getting Sloane out of the program and on the run, he was kind of useless, and to later find out his past with Dallas, kind of made me upset that both characters were still involved.
This book had angst, James leaving, the Program after them, the continuation of the “epidemic” of suicide spreading to more than just teenagers, but it was not the kind of angst I hate. While I was not happy that James took off after Realm showed up, I think it was needed to help show who Sloane really had feelings for. The feelings between James and Sloane were something that intrigued me about this book. You could still see the connection they felt even after going through the Program and being “cured”. It was as if they had a bond that could not be broken even if they were not supposed to technically remember each other that way.
I thought the tempo of the book was really well done as well. It didn’t drag on, it was fast paced and the story made sense all the way through. I enjoyed the twists and turns and outcome that the author gave us. I was shocked at some of what we found out and loved the ending.
I am thankful to my friend Andi for recommending this series to me.