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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

{Speed Dating} Review: The Treatment (The Program #2) by Suzanne Young


The Treatment book coverCan 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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Source: Borrowed from Shortie Says – Thank you so much!!!

*Speed dating review inspired by The Bookswarm

How we met: I fell in love with you instantly in The Program. I didn’t think I could survive the wait until we met again in The Treatment.

It’s not you – it’s me: I adored the mind blowing twists in the first book and they continue full throttle here. Only in this book they have less impact. It also feels like a rehash of The Program. More running, more escaping The Program. I was hoping with a duology there wouldn’t be much filler as there is with a trilogy, but there is.

Are you cheating on me?? I thought the whole love triangle thing in The Program wasn’t really a love triangle thing. Yet, most of this book is filled with Sloane/James/Realm drama llama. I still don’t understand Realm’s feelings for Sloane. I just never really got his intensity towards her after only 3 weeks - or her waffling about him.

Can this relationship be saved? Maybe. I didn’t experience the shocks and thrills that I did from The Program but it was a solid story taken on it’s own. Just not a great conclusion.

There were a few things that didn't quite make sense to me in book #1 but I let it go thinking it would be explained in this one. But my theories were just that - theories. I hate when a book has all this emotional build up that leads to nothing. The BIG questions were answered in *tell me* not *show me* style. Instead this book was more about Sloane’s romantic troubles.

What I really loved were the unlikely friendships that both Sloane and James made. I was happy to see that the author didn't take the typical path with something that could have led to a petty love square. The journey there was annoying as hell but I liked the outcome.

I think Young brought up brilliant ethical questions regarding depression, and our rights as individuals vs. the good of society. I wish that was more of the focus but overall it was well done.

21 comments:

  1. This sounds familiar, to google it is

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  2. Review twins ;) Yep, your last sentence is also what I said.I felt that all the running around in this plot distracted from what were the interesting parts of the first book.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  3. I haven't started this series yet, but I loved the setup for it. I'm sorry to hear that some of the journey was tedious and annoying though! Great review :)

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    1. I had insane high hopes for this one so maybe that's my fault. It just felt like a rehash rather than expanding on the promise of book one.

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  4. I haven't started this series either, and honestly I'm going to hold off on it for awhile. I'm pretty sure that I already have the first book, but I just can't do any more dystopians right now. I need a break, LOL. But I very much appreciate the premise, so the next time I'm in the mood for this . . . ;) And I'm glad you liked the ending even though you though it could have been better. Not much worse than an unsatisfactory ending.

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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    1. I loved the PRogram. It's dystopian but the world building is a bit smaller & more character driven so it's not a big sweeping thing like most dystopians.

      No - the ending is fine. But just fine. A lot of other readers loved it though.

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  5. So it's more romance than plot? That would bum me out too if book 1 wasn't.

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    1. the MC makes it very clear who she loves so I was completely confused as to why this love triangle carried over to this book. Sloane goes through normal teenage issues which is fine - but it's out of place with ya know - trying to stay alive! lol It felt contrived in this book because you know it's not going anywhere.

      The action ended up being a rehash from the first book (which was an AWESOME book)

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  6. ah man . Did you break up with the series ?? I hate when the BIG question isn't even answered , and I enjoyed the program. Great now a square with relationships. I am glad that she did bring up depression. Thanks for the review, and I end it the way I want it to end lol

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    1. It's over so I don't have to worry about it lol

      The BIG stuff is answered. It's the little things that I thought meant something that weren't answered. Or I should say - there wasn't more to it.

      She brings up so many great issues and I wish she stuck to that but overall I still like the series.

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  7. Hm... still sounds like a good read, but I do think I'll wait until they all come out or at least you get some answers instead of theories. :P Also, not happy with the triangle. Still might read the first one tho.

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    1. This is it for the series. It's a duo logy.

      The problem isn't that there weren't answers - more that we were led to believer there was more to certain things than there was so it was disappointing. To me anyway. Other readers still enjoyed it a lot.

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    2. Hm... a duology? I may library book it then. I would want answers.

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  8. I remember how excited you were to start The Treatmenr. It's too bad you weren't thrilled with the story, but good that you liked it overall.

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  9. Ah, second books. I've read some completely awesome ones but too many are saggy or rehashes of the first with no development or forward progress. However, it's cool that this series brings up some rather serious social issues.

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  10. Oh I hate when that happens. You get all excited about a second book in a series and it doesn't live up to what we were expecting.
    I have The Program in my TBR pile. It looks like it just moved down and few spaces.

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  11. I did love the ethical questions brought up in this series, but I'm with you, it still felt like a filler (ugh) and I wasn't too thrilled with the story. I was expecting much more! I love this feature though.

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  12. I agree, I'd definitely expect more from a sequel in a duology, so it's a shame this felt more like a filler book. I have seen pretty positive review of book one, so I still might give that a go!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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  13. I remember how much you liked the first book! I'm sorry this one didn't blow you away, but it's good that it was a solid conclusion nonetheless. It's kind of nice that it's a duology, though--I'm so over everything being a trilogy.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. It seems like duologies are the new trend...I see many of them pop up. Maybe you're not the only one fed up with trilogies ;).

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  14. The Speed Dating Review format is fun ;). I took a look at your source of inspiration, and you were definitely able to give it a personal touch!

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