ARC Review: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

The Treatment (The Program, #2)Rating: 3/5
Series: The Program #2
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
Release Date: April 29th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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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, 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 was one of my favorite novels of last year (which I gave a rating of 3.5) and definitely made me bump up The Treatment on my wishlist. Although book one was a much more enjoyable read for me, Suzanne Young definitely did not lose her touch when it comes to making me feel all the feels.

Let’s start with the things I didn’t really like.

1.) It seemed like the majority of the plot was just driven by angst. I mean, Sloane and James were constantly fighting and making up. Separating and finding each other. I don’t know, but it felt like a lot of the book just centered around their rollercoaster of a relationship. Yes, I do really love them as a couple, but I find it unrealistic how often they fight and make up.

2.) Where’s the plot again? Majority of the book was mostly about Sloane and James running away with a gang of odd characters. Where are the twists? Can we move on from the running to the action, please?

3.) That love triangle… is stupid. I don’t even know why it’s there! We all hate Realm and just want him to go die in a hole, right? Every time he comes rushing to Sloane telling her how much he loves her, I just want to squeeze his eyeballs out! (Sorry for the mental image.)

All those aside, I still really loved The Treatment. Of course, Suzanne Young has such beautiful, easy to get into writing that just enhanced the atmosphere while reading. She surely makes me connect really well with each of her characters. I sympathized for Sloane and how much she wanted her memories; I was in love with how protective James was (although it was a bit weird and overdone at a few points); I liked the side characters and how they all had different personalities and stories to tell.

But really, how much I feel while reading the novel really has a huge impact on my enjoyment, which is why, despite how I sound like the novel wasn’t great, I still really loved reading this. The romance was just so feel-worthy and I rooted for Sloane and James to be together from the beginning to the end.

Without a doubt, I’ll be looking out for more from this author just to get some more of her writing.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.2
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  1. says

    I have heard really great things about the first book but I still haven’t started with this series. Now I don’t think I will, as angst is really ma least favorite thing to deal with and to have this one driven by it – well no thanks. Not to mention the love triangle. Sorry that this one disappointed you but great review, Christie :)
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  2. says

    *sighs* The first book in this series was kind of “meh” for me honestly. I liked it, but I didn’t fall in love with it, you know? So I’m really sad to hear that – at least for you – it goes downhill from Book 1. I’m never a huge fan of books being worn down by angst. I guess I’ll still give this one a go since you’ve completely convinced me that the romance is good! Thanks for sharing Christie, and, as always, brilliant review! <3
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  3. says

    i agree with a lot of your points in your review Christie. I was a fan of the books ince The program was just amazing in my opinion and i completely feel for Sloane and James but this book (while it wasn’t bad or amazing) wasn’t as good as the last one. The added on love triangle was a bit pointless and the plot for The Treatment was a bit all over the place at one point but i still managed to enjoy the book and felt the book was a needed addiiton to the story. I was glad how things were resolved. It gave me closure and in the last few months so many series enders havent given me closure that this was a nice surprise!
    Great review Christie :)
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  4. says

    My co-blogger also didn’t love this book as much as she did the first (I read the first too but I didn’t love it – was a 3 star for me though I didn’t hate it either). The whole romance sounds frustrating and annoying and just plain pointless. I get really impatient with hot and cold romances so I know I wouldn’t give this one the time of day. Jenni also had the same thing to say about the triangle. Why have any triangle ever if you don’t do it right (which is like 1 in a million! Lol). But at least the characters themselves were still easy to connect to and well developed. Hopefully all the angsty stuff will stay in this one and the final book will be great! middle books are more often than not the least favorite in a series for me.
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    • Aimee says

      I think this one is the last book, haha! Anyway, it was wrapped up nicely, but oh dear that love square triangle was really unnecessary.

  5. says

    I’m glad to see that you were able to enjoy this overall Christie despite some issues. This book really surprised me too last year, so I’ve been eager for a while now to get my hands on the follow up book. Realm did really annoy me in the first book, and I really was hoping that he wouldn’t be around as much, :( but thanks for the heads up and for another great review! :)
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  6. says

    Ahh, I am sad you didn’t like this one more. I thought it was pretty good and had a pretty good, if not realistic ending. It was pretty angsty but I thought in the long run of things it fit pretty good with the feel of the first book.

    Great honest review!!
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  7. says

    I’ve been dying to read this one, I loved The Program too but got knocked back for the ARC of The Treatment. Urgh, angst! The two quickest way to ruin a book is both the unnecessary aggression towards characters and a love triangle, and this has them both? Could it be a case of needing something to fill in the storyline, middle book syndrome and all that?
    Sorry that you didn’t love it more, I’ve been eagerly awaiting it too and hope I have a bit more luck with it.
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    • Aimee says

      It’s technically a love SQUARE, but the other point in the square doesn’t make a huge deal out of it. It can’t really be middle book syndrome since this is the last book. :P