Release Date: Apr 29th 2014
Genres: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Simonpulse (ARC from Edelweiss)
Series: Book 2 of 2
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary 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.
Last year The Program got me out of a MAJOR reading slump I was in and for that I owe that book absolutely everything. I remember connecting so deeply with the love story and I just fell for Sloane and James. I couldn’t even fathom what it would feel like to live in a world with a suicide epidemic and to lose all my friends to either suicide or The Program. That book gave me ALL.THE.FEELS. And so I kept The Program really close to my heart. That being said I was anxious about The Treatment. I wanted my favourite characters to have an ending they deserved. I wanted a sequel that would feel like a necessary continuation to the story not just a random addition. And while I did enjoy The Treatment I couldn’t find it in myself to love it as much as The Program.
Sloane and James continue to be one of my favourite ships in all of YA. They are just so right for each other. But we also got the addition of a few new characters in The Treatment that unexpectedly made the story even more interesting and play key roles in the book. That isn’t to say there werent time I wanted to punch them in the face…because I totally did, but they worked. They had interesting backstories that were unexpected to say the least. And Realm, URGH I just…I still can’t…URGH…someone deserved to just knock him out in this book. I seriously couldn’t stand him.
In all honesty The Treatment didn’t quite give me all the feels or give me the swoon factor I had in The Program. I wanted it to, but it just didn’t. That isn’t to say there weren’t moments that touched me or ones that brought a blush to my cheeks…because there were, it just wasn’t to the same level. And while this book felt completely necessary to close up plot and world building issues The Program continues to be the best book romance wise. Young gave us an ending that felt very real in terms of a world dealing with such a large epidemic.
All in all The Treatment ended the way it needed to end. I was happy with the way we said goodbye to certain characters (even if it was completely heartbreaking for some) and got the closure I needed. I serouisly can’t wait until Suzanne Young writes more books.