Book Review : The Treatment by Suzanne Young

April 29, 2014 Book review 2 ★★★

Just to recap, I loved the Program. I felt it was full of plot holes but I was engrossed in the story and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. However in The Treatment, I felt the inverse. The pace wasn’t so hot but the plot holes were explained.

Book Review : The Treatment by Suzanne YoungThe Treatment by Suzanne Young
Series: The Program, #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on 29 Apr 2014
Genres: Depression & Mental Illness, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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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?

First Line of The Treatment:

“James stares straight ahead with no immediate reaction to what I’ve just told him.”

My Thoughts on The Treatment:

Ultimately I felt a bit disappointed by this book. It was an ok read but nothing as exciting as The Program. For some reason I wasn’t as engaged with the characters as I was in the first book and I think that was because I didn’t feel the element of danger as I did in The Program.

Being honest I was a little bored. It took me a long time to get back into the plot but when I did it picked up again for me. The world building in this one was a lot tighter and what seemed silly in The Program was explained perfectly well here.

I found myself more drawn to the secondary characters (Dallas and Realm) than the main characters as they seemed far more interesting. In The Program, I felt we never got to know Sloane properly and I feel the same in this book. I love that she is feisty and brave and willing to fight to protect those she loves but beyond her feelings for her friends and her feelings about The Program, I have no real insight into who she is.

However for the last 75% of the book, The Treatment came into its own. It felt fast paced and nerve-wracking and even unpredictable. And I love that this series is a duology as it really wouldn’t have stood up to being dragged out. One of my favourite parts was the epilogue, it was intriguing and I felt I left the book on a high note.

Who should read The Treatment?

If you are looking for a dystopia series that is thought provoking and totally original, I’d suggest this one. The pace does drag a bit in The Treatment so be aware of that but I’m still recommending it if you like dystopia. I’d also suggest reading both books close together as I think it would have worked better for me that way.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Thanks to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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2 Responses to “Book Review : The Treatment by Suzanne Young”

  1. Asti

    Oooh I didn’t realize this was a duo logy for some reason. That actually makes me more interested in reading it, funny enough. I really thought The Program sounded interesting, but never got around to reading it. It’s interesting to see that the things you loved/hated sort of flipped between the two books. Maybe in the end it all balances out? Somehow? I’m not sure. But still, I am glad that at least it was towards the end that it got better because there’s nothing worse than a series ending in a really bad way. If it can make up for itself at the end, I’m usually happy so I won’t shut this one out for good yet.
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