The Treatment (Program Series #2)

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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, ...

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Overview

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?

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Courtney Huse Wika
Doomed lovers Sloane and James are on the run from The Program. Survivors of both the corporate-run, memory-erasing program and the suicide epidemic terrorizing the nation, they are attempting to find safe haven to keep their few remaining memories. Making matters worse, they are in possession of the last pill of the Treatment, which will restore erased memories. Options are limited. They can continue to run, but they have little money and their faces are everywhere: news stations, billboards, and Amber Alert outlets. Or they can join the Rebels, an underground resistance movement that does little to earn Sloane and James’s trust. But with its heavy surveillance and undercover handlers, it does not take long for The Program to close in, and when it does, the ultimate betrayal is revealed. A sequel to The Program (Simon Pulse, 2013/Voya April 2013), the novel is an alarming commentary on big-business America, the insidious nature of mass panic, and the essence of the self. The premise itself is gripping enough, but it is fully realized through the dynamic, realistic characters. The reader will root for Sloane and James, and will feel their star-crossed love and the mutual pain of loss and grief. The book is hard to pin down: with romance, mystery, adventure, and the complications and suspense of a thriller, it will be difficult to find a reader who will not enjoy the series. It will leave most, if not all, readers asking: is our identity found in the past or the present? In pain or in happiness? Reviewer: Courtney Huse Wika; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-10
In this wrenching sequel to The Program (2013), a few desperate teens race to save what's left of their memories and salvage the tatters of their lives. After being discharged from The Program, a facility developed to stop the teen-suicide epidemic by removing teens' memories, Sloane and James have reignited the passion of their former love. The Program's cure, however, isn't foolproof, and memories can "crash back," causing brain bleeds and insanity. Moreover, The Program has instituted procedural lobotomies and, with the government's backing, is beginning to make teen "behavior modification" mandatory. Sloane and James join a group of rebels intent on destroying The Program, and Sloane holds the one last pill that returns memories. In constant pursuit of the rebels, The Program wants to destroy the pill, but the doctor behind The Program, having seen the error of his ways, seems to want to reproduce it. The story is unrelentingly dramatic: "I put the blade to my neck and began to saw," recounts Sloane's friend Realm, describing his anguish. Compelling questions left dangling from the first book as to the origins of the epidemic, whether "behavioral contagion" and/or media hype, are explored. Offering great appeal to reflective romantics, this jarring thriller looks at the cost of societal complacency while lauding heroism and remembrance. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442445833
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Program Series , #2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 21,714
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, The Treatment, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked. Friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter at @Suzanne_Young, and visit Suzanne-Young.blogspot.com.

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The Treatment


  • JAMES STARES STRAIGHT AHEAD, WITH no immediate reaction to what I’ve just told him. I think he’s in shock. I follow his gaze out the windshield to the empty parking lot of the convenience store off the highway. The building is abandoned, plywood covering the windows, black graffiti tagged on the white siding. In a way, James and I have been abandoned too, our former selves boarded up and locked away while the world moves on around us. We were supposed to accept that change, follow the rules. Instead we broke all of them.

The streetlight above us flickers out as the sun, still below the mountains, begins to illuminate the cloudy horizon. It’s nearly five in the morning, and I know we’ll have to move soon if we want to stay ahead of the roadblocks. We’d barely beat the one at the Idaho border, and now there’s an Amber Alert issued for our safe return.

Right. Because The Program is just concerned with our safety.

“It’s a pill,” James repeats quietly, finally coming around. “Michael Realm left you a pill that could bring back our memories”—he turns to me—“but he gave you only one.”

I nod, watching as James’s normally handsome face sags, almost like he’s losing himself all over again. Since leaving The Program, James has been searching for a way to understand his past, our shared past. In my back pocket is a folded plastic Baggie with a little orange pill inside, a pill that can unlock everything. But I’ve made my choice: The risks are too high, the chance of relapsing too great to ignore. There will be grief and heartache and pain. Realm’s sister’s final words to me resonate: Sometimes the only real thing is now. And here, with James, I know exactly who I am.

“You’re not going to take it, are you?” James asks, reading my expression. His bright blue eyes are weary, and it’s hard to believe that just yesterday we were at the river, kissing and ignoring the world around us. For a moment we knew what it felt like to be free.

“The pill will change everything,” I say. “I’ll remember who I was, but I can never be her again, not really. All the pill can do is hurt me—bring back the sorrow I felt when I lost my brother. And I’m sure there are others. I like who I am with you, James. I like us together and I’m scared of messing that up.”

James runs his fingers through his golden hair, blowing out a hard breath. “I’m never going to leave you, Sloane.” He looks out the driver’s side window. The clouds have gathered above us, and I think it’ll be only a matter of time before we’re caught in a downpour. “We’re together,” he says definitively, glancing back at me. “But there’s only one pill, and I’d never take it without you. I’d never take that choice away from you.”

My heart swells. James is choosing this life with me, a life I want except for the part where The Program is hunting us down. I lean over, my hands on his chest, and he pulls me closer.

James licks his lips, pausing before he kisses me. “We’re going to keep the pill in case we change our minds later, right?”

“My thought exactly.”

“You’re so smart,” he whispers, and kisses me. My hands slide up to his cheeks, and I begin to get lost in the feeling of him, the heat of his mouth on mine. I murmur that I love him, but his response is drowned out by the sound of squealing tires.

James spins to look outside. He begins to fumble with the keys in the ignition just as a white van screeches to a stop, barricading our SUV against the concrete wall of the highway behind us.

Panic, thick and choking, sweeps over me. I scream for James to go, even though the only way out is to ram them. But we can’t go back to The Program to be erased again. James yanks down the gear lever, ready to floor it, when the driver’s side door of the van opens and a person jumps out. I pause, my eyebrows pulled together in confusion, because there’s no white jacket, no comb-smoothed hair of a handler.

It’s a girl. She’s wearing a Nirvana T-shirt and has long bleached-blond dreads flowing over her shoulders. She’s tall, incredibly thin, and when she smiles, her bright-red lips pull apart to reveal a large gap between her two front teeth. I reach to put my hand on James’s forearm, but he still looks like he’s about to run her down. “Wait,” I say.

James glances over at me as if I’m crazy, but then the other side of the van opens and a guy stands on the running board to peer over the door at us. He has two half-moon bruises under his eyes and a swollen nose. The vulnerability of his battered appearance is enough to make James stop, though, and he restrains himself from stomping on the gas.

The girl holds up her hands. “You can relax,” she calls. “We’re not with The Program.”

James rolls down his window, the car still in drive and ready to launch forward—crushing her—at any second. “Then who the hell are you?” he demands.

The girl’s smile widens and she tosses a look back at her companion before turning to James. “I’m Dallas,” she says. “Realm sent us a message to find you.” At the mention of Realm, I tell James to turn off the car, relieved that my friend is okay.

Dallas walks in front of the car, her boots echoing off the pavement, before she comes to pause at James’s window. She lifts one of her dark eyebrows and looks him over. “Realm must have forgotten to mention how pretty you are,” she says wryly. “Shame on him.”

“How’d you find us?” James asks, ignoring her comment. “We went to the border for Lacey and Kevin, but there were patrols everywhere. We barely got through.”

Dallas nods toward the car. “The phone Realm’s sister gave you has a tracking device. Pretty handy, but you should probably ditch it now.” Both James and I look in the center console at the black phone that was already in the car when we got in. There’s also a duffel bag on the backseat, along with a couple hundred dollars Anna left us for provisions. But is this it? Are we part of the rebels now? If so . . . they don’t look all that pulled together.

“Your friends,” Dallas says, “never made it to the border either. We found Lacey, huddled in her Bug and crying. Seems Kevin didn’t show. I think there’s more to the story, but I’ll let her tell it.”

My heart sinks. What happened to Kevin? “Where’s Lacey?” I ask. “Is she okay?”

“She’s a firecracker.” Dallas laughs. “She wouldn’t talk to me, so I had Cas try and coax her out of her vehicle. She broke his nose. We had to sedate her, but don’t worry, we don’t steal your memories.” She says it in a spooky voice, like The Program is just a monster living under our beds. I’m starting to wonder if she’s sane. “Anyway . . .” She sighs, slipping her hands into the back pockets of her jeans. “She’s already on her way to the safe house. And unless you’re trying to get caught, I’d suggest you get out of the vehicle and come with me.”

“In that van?” James scoffs. “You think we’re less conspicuous in a big white van?”

She nods. “Yep. It’s something a handler would drive. Not a group of people on the run. Listen—James, is it? You’re superhot and all, but you don’t strike me as a real thinker. So maybe just follow orders and bring your little girlfriend into the van so we can get out of here.”

“Screw you,” I say, offended on so many levels it’s difficult to pick just one. James turns to me, his brow furrowed.

“What do you think?” he asks quietly. I can see his indecision, but we don’t have any other options right now. We were on our way to find the rebels, but they found us first. Lacey is with them.

“We have to get to Lacey,” I say, wishing we could run off on our own. But we don’t have the resources. We’ll need to regroup.

James groans, not wanting to give in to Dallas. His aversion to authority is one of my very favorite things about him. “Fine,” he says, looking back at Dallas. “But what are we going to do with the Escalade? It’s a nice car.”

“Cas is going to drive it back.”

“What?” James asks. “Why does he get to—”

“Cas isn’t on the run,” she interrupts. “He’s never been in The Program. He can drive through any checkpoint he wants. He’s going ahead to scout the trip, get us to the safe house unscathed.”

“Where are we going?” I ask.

Dallas casts a bored glance in my direction, looking annoyed that I spoke to her. “All in good time, sweetheart. Now, if you’d both climb out, we have a little business to take care of first.”

James and I exchange a look, but ultimately we get out of the car. Cas starts toward us, and for a moment I have the fear we’re getting carjacked. Especially when Cas pulls out a fistful of zip ties.

“What the fuck are those for?” James yells, grabbing my arm to pull me back.

Dallas puts her hand on her hip. “Cas had his nose broken today, and to be honest, you seem pretty volatile. This is for our protection. We don’t trust you. You’re returners.”

The way she says “returners” makes us sound like we’re abominations, like we disgust her. But it was probably just the right thing to say to catch us off guard, break us down enough so Cas could come behind us and slip the ties around our wrists, pulling them tight. Just then I feel the first drop of rain hit my cheek. I look sideways at James; he’s angry, watching as Dallas and Cas go through the Escalade, take out our money, and toss the canvas bag onto the pavement. The rain starts to fall in a drizzle, and Dallas scowls at the sky. She walks around to swipe our bag from the ground, hanging it lazily over her shoulder.

I feel vulnerable, and I can’t remember how we got here. We should have kept running. But now we hardly have a choice, so we follow behind Dallas as she leads us to the van and helps us into the back, slamming the door closed behind us.

*  *  *

James’s shoulder is against mine as we sit in the backseat of the white van. I’ve become hyperaware of everything—the faint scents of gasoline and rubber tires that cling to my hair; the murmur from the police scanner too low to understand. James’s fingers brush along mine, and I instinctively turn. He’s staring ahead, his jaw set hard as he broods about the restraints. We’ve been driving for hours, and the hard plastic has rubbed my skin raw. I imagine it’s doing the same to him.

Dallas glances in the rearview mirror in time to see James’s hateful expression. “Don’t worry, handsome. We’re almost there. There’s been a change of plans. Our warehouse in Philadelphia was raided last night, so we’re going to our safe house in Salt Lake City.”

Alarmed, I straighten up. “But Realm told us to head east. He said—”

“I know what Michael Realm told you,” she snaps. “But then there’s the reality of the situation. Don’t be a child. The Program is hunting us; we’re an infection they intend to cure. You should be happy we’re helping you at all.”

“I’ll be honest, Dallas,” James says in a shaky voice of barely contained rage. “If you don’t take the ties off my girlfriend, I’m going to be a real asshole. I don’t want to hurt you.”

Dallas looks in the rearview mirror again, without even a hint of surprise. “What makes you think you can?” she asks seriously. “You have no idea what I’m capable of, James.”

Her voice chills me, and I can see by James’s posture that he knows his threat didn’t have its intended effect. Dallas is hardcore; I’m not sure she’s afraid of anything.

We continue to drive and the landscape changes. Instead of the canopy of trees we left behind in Oregon, the sky here is wide open. But there are still flowers, rolling green hills. And then, towering over all of it, is a massive set of mountains. It’s breathtaking.

Behind my back, the zip tie is biting into the skin of my wrists. I wince but try to play it off when I see how angry it makes James. He adjusts his position so I can lean against him and relax, and together we watch as the country fades to chain-link fences and old mechanic shops.

“Welcome to Salt Lake City,” Dallas says, turning into the parking lot of a low-rise warehouse with crumbling brick siding. I expected a compound, and my panic begins to rise at the thought of being so exposed to The Program. “Technically,” Dallas adds, pursing her lips as she looks around at the neighborhood, “we’re on the outskirts. The city’s much nicer. But we’re more secluded here. It’s dense enough to keep us hidden during the day. Cas did a great job.”

Dallas parks behind the Escalade and cuts the engine. She turns in her seat, looking us over. “Will you promise to be good boys and girls if we cut the restraints?” she asks. “Because we’ve made it this far, and I’d like to trust that you won’t cause trouble.”

Please don’t say anything stupid, James.

“All I do is cause trouble,” James responds in monotone. I turn to glare at him, but Dallas only laughs and climbs out. James looks sideways at me and shrugs, not all that apologetic for antagonizing the rebels who are basically holding us hostage.

The van door slides open with a loud metallic scrape and we’re drowned in afternoon sunlight. We blink against it, and then Dallas takes my arm, pulling me from the van. I’m still adjusting to the brightness when Cas appears in front of me with a pocketknife. I suck in a frightened breath, but he quickly holds up his other hand.

“No, no,” he says with a shake of his head, sounding offended that I’d think he would hurt me. “This is to cut the zip ties.” He darts a look at James, who’s moved to just inside the door, ready to pounce. “Here, seriously,” Cas says, motioning him forward. “You’re not prisoners, man.”

James waits a beat, and then hops down onto the pavement. He turns his back to Cas, but keeps his gaze steady on me as Cas saws through the plastic binding. Dallas watches on, her high-arched dark eyebrows raised in amusement. It doesn’t last long. The minute James is free, he spins and grabs Dallas’s T-shirt in his fist, backing her against the van.

“If you mess with Sloane again,” he growls, “I swear I’ll—”

“You’ll what?” Dallas asks coldly. “What will you do?” Dallas is nearly as tall as James, but she looks weak as her thin hand reaches to wrap around his wrist. She’s calling his bluff. I watch as James’s expression falters, and he lets her go. But before he steps away, Dallas’s elbow shoots out, catching James in the chin with a sudden thud before her long leg hooks around his and she takes him to the ground. I yell his name, but James is still, lying there and staring at the sky. Dallas kneels next to him, smiling as she readjusts her crumpled shirt, the stretched-out material slipping off her shoulder.

“Such a temper,” she says. “Too bad you didn’t fight harder when they were dragging you into The Program.” Her words shock me, hurt me, because it’s such a cruel thing to say—as if it’s our fault we were taken. James rubs his jaw, then pushes Dallas aside to climb up. He doesn’t argue. How can we argue against something we can’t remember?

“Now,” Dallas says, making a loud clap, “we need to get inside.” She walks toward the entrance of the loading dock. James mumbles that he’s going to get our bag from the van.

The sun beats down on my cheeks. Without the shade of the trees, it’s hotter than I’m used to. The lot next to this one is empty, and I think Dallas was right about the seclusion. It’s quiet here.

Cas exhales and runs his hand through his long brown hair. On closer inspection, his nose doesn’t look that broken. There’s a small cut over the bridge, swelling in the nostrils, and of course the black bruising under his eyes. Lacey could have done worse.

“Dallas wasn’t always like this,” Cas says quietly. “She had a very different life before The Program.”

“She was in The Program?” I ask, surprised. “She made it sound like she hated returners.”

Cas shakes his head. “She hates what The Program does. Now she spends most of her time training.”

“Training for what?” I ask, watching as James spits a mouthful of blood onto the pavement. Dallas hit him harder than I thought.

“Self-defense,” Cas answers. “How to kill someone if she has to. Or wants to.” He pauses. “Look, I know it doesn’t seem like it, but we’re on the same side.”

“You sure?” I turn my shoulder so he can see the restraints still binding my hands. Cas apologizes, and gently holds my forearm so he can start cutting through the plastic.

“Who knows,” Cas says from behind me. “Maybe in the end we’ll all become friends.” My wrists pull apart as the bond is cut, and I rub the spot where the restraints have left my skin raw.

“I wouldn’t plan on that,” James responds to Cas, and walks between us. He drops the duffel bag at our feet and then takes my hands to look over the red marks. He runs his thumb gently over the creased skin, then lifts my wrist to his lips to kiss it. “Better?” he asks, looking sorry even though this wasn’t his fault.

I hug him, pressing my cheek against his neck. I’m not sure if our situation has gotten better or worse. “I’m freaking out,” I murmur.

James turns his face into my hair, whispering so Cas won’t hear. “Me too.”

And somehow those words remind me of something, a phantom memory I can’t quite place. The pill in my pocket could change that—I’d remember everything. I pull back from James and see the look in his eyes, an uncertainty, as if he senses a familiar memory too. He opens his mouth to talk, but then Dallas calls to us from the front door.

“Unless you’re advertising for handler intervention,” she says, “you’d better get out of sight.”

The mention of handlers is enough to make me move. James takes my hand, and we walk toward the empty-looking building, toward what’s left of the rebels, and hope we’re safe from The Program. Even if for only a moment.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

    I love it madly.

    I love it madly.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Let me tell you about Suzanne Young, she has this magical way of

    Let me tell you about Suzanne Young, she has this magical way of gut punching you. She can write an absolute beautiful love story but is also not afraid to use that to break your heart. Every book I’ve read of hers really draws out the feels. I absolutely love her writing there is something unique about it that I can’t describe. I like when an author can evoke emotion from a reader, where you really invest in the story. That being said let’s talk about The Treatment.




    We left off with Sloane and James, not having their memories of one another but feel connected in their hearts. The Program considers that a failure and it’s out to get them, so they go on the run. With intentions of taking down The Program. This a tough job for some teenagers when you are going against adults you feel like they are doing the right thing to save their children.




    I like this story a lot because there are many different versions of villains in it. We have The Program who is erasing peoples memories as a form of treatment but you know there is more behind it. You have the parents like Sloane’s mom, who you kind of hate because look what she did to Sloane. There was pivotal moment in book 1 where Sloane declares she wants to live, so for us she’s not sick. Her mother puts her in anyway but she’s doing it because she’s thinking she’s saving her daughter. It’s the type of villain where you wonder does the outcome justify the means. You have the people implanted into The Program and the handlers. Sloane and James can only trust each other and what happens when that breaks down.




    What I also like about the story is the unique take it has on depression. That perhaps people are over medicated and that sometimes we freak out and look for the quick fix. Which is how something like The Program starts. I could see this as a reality just from working in a school, it feels like there is a lot more pressure on kids these days. So I could see how there could be a mass breakdown.




    I love Sloane and James. Sloane the most out of the two. She is such a tough girl. I loved that even The Program could not strip that away from her. I make Realm a villain but there are choices Sloane makes that contribute but I believed if The Program hadn’t gotten her she would have never ever made those choices. Sloane is a different person after she goes through The Program but the basics of what makes her Sloane are still there. James is a hot blooded feisty boy but he is most certainly a fighter. Just as tough as he is, he also has a sensitive side that only comes out for Sloane. Which makes their relationship so swoon worthy. They are not perfect and have flaws but they work out things together and have endured quite a bit to find their way back to each other.  I love them together and apart. My favorite kind of couple.




    I despise Michael Realm. There were so many times in both books that I wanted to yell at him, I don’t like you Realm go away. I don’t like how he plays Sloane or tries to break her and James up. I don’t feel sorry for him for his side in the love triangle that really isn’t a love triangle. I think he is a little psychotic and obsessive too. Remember Sloane does not have her memories so what was erased in The Program is still erased. We find out things about Realm in this book that might help someone soften towards him. Not me though, not at all. Remember I said Suzanne is good at evoking feelings. Well I really want to punch him.




    There are many side characters that sift through. Lacey, Dallas, Cas and some medical personnel. Even scuzzball Roger. I don’t want to delve into them too much because I don’t want to give anything away.




    I think I have equal love for The Program and The Treatment. I was really satisfied with the story and the ending. The plot was interesting and suspenseful. The second half of the book I was so sucked in I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know what was going to happen. So if you liked The Program then definitely get out and get The Treatment. 

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

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       I wanted to read The Treatment because I really enjoyed The P

       I wanted to read The Treatment because I really enjoyed The Program. At this point, I don't remember a whole lot except I loved Sloane and James as a couple. The chemistry and the way they were so comfortable and open with each other was great to read about. Also, the issues of mental illness and suicide, bringing up questions like what is normal? What's risky behavior? Can suicide be prevented with erased memories? And then there was the whole mystery of Realm, the guy who protected Sloane and seems to have a few answers where everyone else only seems to have questions. 
        The Program erases the memories of teens, and they are considered cured. But its cruel and when you come out, huge pieces of your life are missing. So, Sloane and James are on the run. I know there is a whole sector of us who really don't enjoy the on the run books that seem to follow this sort of story line. I have liked the first books more by a huge margin in these cases, but went in hopeful that it would be different. 
         James and Sloane are together just as I remember them in the first. They have questions and they are found by the rebels and they hope to bring the Program down. They have one single pill that Realm said could bring back lost memories, but Sloane is afraid of the risk of death, and James won't take it because it is Sloane's and he wants her to. So they keep it while they are newly joined with the rebels and getting the lay of their land. I think that the point they are meant for each other and seem to be destined to be together. 
         Realm. Oh my gosh. He annoyed me so much and I hated him most of the time. But he does do a lot, he's saved people and gives a lot. He gives so much to Sloane even if he's kept a lot from her that she doesn't remember. His lies and secrets as well as some of his advances made me want to smack him. I really think the love triangle thing could have been cut out. I know that he's offered a lot to Sloane as well as given them leverage and also the pill. And I know that him loving her is the perfect stage for it, and Sloane would have to have had some feelings for him or he'd have no reason to help. But still, I just wish that it didn't exist so that there would be no doubts on the love between Sloane and James, because for me that has been some of my favorite aspects of these books. 
         There were other characters that were introduced as well as repeat performances from some old buddies. I liked Dallas especially, she is such a fighter and survivor, even if she can be stand-offish and cold at first, but she has to let others gain her trust and she has more than enough reason for the way she is. 
         The whole premise is chilling, and I like the reveals in this book, and what is finally done to take down The Program. Call it a spoiler if you want, but really, what else can you expect going in. The way they succeeded and some of the people that helped as well as some of the people who ended up working against them were twists and surprised me at times. Other characters you just got what you expected, and that's great to add some balance. This series has been laced with tragedy and sadness, but I think that the romance, devotion, friendship, fierce fight for freedom and to survive in general seems to balance the scales and while I felt for and with the characters, it didn't leave me depressed. 
         The ending was satisfying but I think a few things were a little rushed. It is not perfect ending, and it doesn't give each character a HEA, but I have enough that made me happy, and have hope for Sloane as well as her love for James. 
       
    Bottom Line: Satisfying ending to exciting and romance laced duology. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    i really liked the book it was good & interesting.

    i really liked the book it was good & interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Suszanne young is...

    Someone who can make you want to throw up! Her books make you want to throw up, seriously. They are sickening.

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  • Posted June 22, 2014

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    I swear, I was waiting on the second book in this series from th

    I swear, I was waiting on the second book in this series from the very second I put down the first one. If you've read my review for The Program, you'll know I did a reread of it before tackling my ARC of The Treatment. You'll also know it affected me far more the second time around than it did the first. The Treatment was a fantastic conclusion to this duology. It completed the story well, but left it just open enough that there could easily be a third book. (And I would fully support it, even though I found myself very content at the end of this book.)

    It's been awhile since I finished this book. I've just put my review off for far too long. It's difficult to review the final book in a series and give enough information to make the review valuable without giving away too much plot. So I'm going to tread carefully here and just say The Treatment had far more action than The Program did. It didn't have *quite* as many feels for me as the first, but I was so happy to see James and Sloane back together that it didn't even matter. They were such a fantastic couple, and while they didn't remember all the details of the love they had, it didn't make what they remembered any less powerful to me. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them slowly put the pieces back together, all while fighting against the program. The Treatment also introduced two new main characters into the series – Cas and Dallas. It took me awhile to like and trust them, but they definitely added more depth complexity to the story. 

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt that it was a satisfying end to this duology. I'd love to have more of Sloane and James' story (as well as Cas and Dallas) but that's not because the story felt incomplete. It's because I'm greedy and not really ready to give these characters up. I do plan to do an audiobook reread of this one because I loved The Program so much in that format. The narrator, Joy Omanski, was fantastic and I want to see what she brings to The Treatment. 

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

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    Posted June 14, 2014

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    3.5/5 stars After reading and loving The Program, I couldn't wa

    3.5/5 stars

    After reading and loving The Program, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel The Treatment! Young has taken such a tragic and difficult topic and weaved it into a dystopian novel in a way that will both break your heart and fill you with hope at the same time. I loved Sloane and James in the first book, so I was heartsick for them, as we watched them enter The Program and are basically brainwashed to forget their memories and who they once were. Sloane and James, however, have found their way back to one another and while it hasn't been an easy journey, it does goes to show you that love can overcome the most challenging of obstacles.

    Pacing: The Treatment is a bit slower paced than The Program. It did pick up more towards the middle and sailed into the end. Sloane and James may be together again, but the danger is far from over. On the run from the Program and in possession of one orange pill that could change everything, the two end up joining up with a band of rebels to figure out their next move.

    Storyline: Being a duology, I had to wonder how Young was going to wrap everything up in the span of one book. Sloane and James want to be free of the Program and live a normal life without the fear of being sent back, or worse, erased completely. The pair face new challenges with the rebels, as well as the re-emergence of Michael Realm, who played a large role in Sloane's life in the first novel. The entire foundation of Sloane and James' world is fragile, not knowing who can be trusted and emotions run high in this novel as the ever-present threat of depression hangs heavy over all our characters' heads. Being in possession of the treatment is very dangerous for all involved, especially if it falls in the wrong hands.

    Characters: I love that Young shows us the strong and weak moments our characters have. There are moments where they don't know how to control their emotions and feel like they are being suffocated by their sadness and pain. It was hard to watch them feel that way, but I love that Sloane and James grounded one another. Their relationship is seriously tested in this novel- not just by Realm and his love for Sloane, but by knowledge of the past. Knowledge is power but it can also destroy. I like that Sloane decides to live for the here and now and not dwell on the past. She is afraid to take the orange pill Realm gave her, as there are so many unknowns about it. Maybe getting her memory back will be more painful than helpful, and she is already in such a fragile state of mind. Yet, when new information about her and James's relationship comes to light, she is forced to question their feelings for one another.

    We do have a bit of a love square in this one. One of the new characters introduced, Dallas, isn't afraid to show her interest in James. She is rough and tough around the edges, but deep down she's a vulnerable girl who is hurting. Her time in The Program was not a pleasant one and her relationship with Realm is complicated at best.

    Ah, Realm. I can't say I really like the guy. Mainly because I'm all for Sloane and James and he just seems to get in the way. I don't like the way he treats Dallas and after finding out more about how the two are connected, I really disliked him. I do believe he genuinely cares for her though, but he is so blinded by his affection for Sloane, that he doesn't think about his actions and their consequences.

    Final Thoughts: I was really happy with the conclusion of this series. We get closure on what happens with the Program, as well as with Sloane, James, and friends. I really loved the uniqueness of this duology and the emotions it evoked. It was difficult to read at times because of their struggle to move forward with life without their memories. I can't say I enjoyed this one more than the first, but I did feel satisfied upon finishing.

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

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    Rating: 3.5 You can read my review of the first book on my blog

    Rating: 3.5

    You can read my review of the first book on my blog.

    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.

    You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    Sloane and James are on the run from The Program. They have to l

    Sloane and James are on the run from The Program. They have to lay low and hide out. Even if they still can't remember a lot of their memories they know they belong together. The Program won't let them go easy and as Sloane has something they really want they will do anything to stop them. They join up with another group of runaways and try to figure things out. Sloane has a pill that will bring back all her memories if she is brave enough to take it. However the same pill is The Treatment to cure all who have been in the Program. They will all have to do everything they can to bring down the Program before it silences them forever.




    I really liked the first book and looked forward to where this one would go. Sloane is missing huge parts of her memory and has to just learn to trust her feelings. She and James team up with the others and they are constantly on the run. The Program wants these two back in the worse way. While on the run Realm shows back up and he tries to come between them in many ways. You see more into his head and why he acts the way he does. I have to say by the end I really didn't like him much for all that he did. Yes he had his reasons but still it just turned me off him for good. You also see deep inside The Program and more about why it really started and how evil it really is. Sloane is really put through the ringer as she is betrayed and has to fight for not just her life but others as well. Dallas is a character I ended up loving. She really has had a hard time and she loves to take it out on others at times but while you may not like her at first by the end you will. All the horrors of The Program are back and even more are introduced. If you enjoy dystopian books I highly recommend this series.

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