Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Genre:  YA Dystopian/Contemporary Romance
The Program Series, Book 2
Expected publication date:  April 29, 2014

Note:  This book is a second one meaning it can somewhat spoil plot lines in the first book.  Consider yourself warned.

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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 Program claims it has the ability to heal people, specifically teens.  Apparently there's a suicide epidemic out there growing.  Everyone's on the suicide train, but The Program can stop it.  They can make teens whole again and happy (or calm, whichever makes you feel better).  All it costs are your memories.

Sloane and James both experienced The Program.  They've forgotten their shared past, but it wasn't enough to keep them apart.  Before going on the run, Realm gave Sloane a pill to help her remember her past.  But she struggles on whether to take it.  Sometimes, it's easier to just let the past go.  And then Cas and Dallas enter the picture; rebels on the run.  They're going to help them escape from The Program.  They only need to stay safe long enough until the true story comes out and The Program quits brainwashing the general public.  The only problem is humans are unpredictable.  Sometimes our motivations will turn out to be our downfall.  And the best intentions can sometimes ruin us all.

I would have to say this is my first Suzanne Young book where I didn't breeze through it with a euphoric feeling.  Don't get me wrong; it had excellent human emotions.  But the plot felt dull and predictable.  Half the time I was reading about the suicide epidemic and The Program, I was thinking, really?  This is really happening?  It doesn't sound plausible anymore.  But then the characters you're beginning to love do something incredibly stupid and you're back in the game.  I enjoyed this book, but I was missing the star-shaped glasses I usually wear when I read books by this awesome author.

Honestly, I think the first book, The Program, is an excellent read.  And if you're dying to see it all come to a close, then you're going to pick this one up eventually.  But the story's in the first one...

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

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