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.