The Treatment – book review

The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Thrilling, action-packed and suspenseful… The Treatment is the second and final installment to the book The Program, written by Suzanne Young.

After barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program, Sloane and James are on the run. Despite some of their memories still being missing, Sloane and James have found their way back to one another. But they’re not out of danger. The Program is after them.

When Sloane and James escape with a group of rebels, they must figure out who they can trust. Together, they try to work out how they can take down The Program. But there are a lot of things Sloane and James still can’t remember. Their only hope lies with the Treatment – a pill that can bring back forgotten memories. But the cost is high… and there’s only one dose. Will Sloane and James both be able to survive, or will The Program claim them once and for all?

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I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved The Treatment! I loved the plot, I loved the existing characters and the new characters, and I loved the romance between James and Sloane. The Treatment starts off where The Program finished. I was again swept up into the world where suicide is an epidemic and where The Program is lurking around every dark corner. I had really high expectations for this book because I loved the first book in the series so much. The Treatment went above and beyond my expectations and I loved every second I spent reading it. This is one of those books that you simply can’t put down once you turn the first page. So if you’re going to start reading this book soon, I advise not planning any events where you won’t be able to take a book to. Seriously, this book will become the only thing you can think about. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, reading as fast as I could to see what happened. But at the same time, I wasn’t trying to read it too fast because I never wanted this book to end. But like every book, there’s a last page. In my opinion, there couldn’t have been any better ending to this book.

Like The Program, this book is very powerful and emotional. There was absolutely no moments in this book ever where I felt bored. There were heaps of little twists in the plot that I never expected, and I loved seeing how these things were going to play out. Suzanne Young is a really talented writer and she is so easily able to control the reader’s emotion. This book sent me on one massive roller-coaster of a journey and I thoroughly enjoyed every second I spend with Sloane and James. Although at one time I felt like this part of the book was really similar to something that happened in the last book, I knew that this time it would be much different. This book is completely mind-blowing.

I absolutely loved getting to meet Dallas, who becomes a major character in this book. At first, I wasn’t quite sure whether I liked her or I didn’t. I really wanted Sloane to have someone else she could trust, and I was unsure of Dallas could be this person. Throughout the book, I gradually came to like Dallas more and more. Towards the end of the book, I realised how upset I would be if something bad happened to her. Realm came back and became a big character in this book as well, which was something I really liked. I loved seeing how his feeling towards Sloane affected her and James. Even though I’ll always want Sloane and James to be together, there was a part of my heart that wished Realm could fall in love with someone that would love him back. It broke my heart to see him confess his love for Sloane over and over, even though he knew deep down that he couldn’t really complete with the love James has for her. Even though it was frustrating at times for me to know more about Realm than Sloane can remember, I still really liked him and hoped for him to be happy. I trusted Realm and I knew that he is a good person, despite some of the things Sloane thought about him.

Like in the last book, Sloane was such an amazing character, and I felt like she had even more determination than in the last book. She handles situations extremely well and she never gives in, even after everything she’s been through. If I were in her shoes, of course I’d try to do everything I could to escape from the threat of the Program that always loomed and never seemed far away. But I would eventually come to a point where I couldn’t keep fighting. I admire Sloane’s determination and how she will never stop fighting for the things she believes in. And wow. James. I fell in love with him all over again in this book. James is witty and heart-meltingly sweet and he and Sloane are perfect for each other. The bond between him and Sloane is incredibly special and I am so privileged to be able to read their story.

I’ve heard that this is that last book in the series, because The Program is a ‘duology’. Even though right now I’m craving more, I’m extremely happy with this ending. I’m really looking forward to reading what Suzanne writes next! I’d give The Treatment by Suzanne Young a score of 9.5 out of 10. If you haven’t read this book or The Program, I only have three words for you… Go! Read! Enjoy!

A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Program – book review

The Program

Captivating, spell-binding and beautifully written… The Program is the first book in its series, written by Suzanne Young.

It’s the future. Teen suicide is an epidemic. The only solution is The Program.

Sloane must keep her feelings hidden. After her brother committed suicide, Sloane has been desperately trying to never let her true feelings show. After all, just one outburst could land her in The Program – the only proven cause of treatment for teenagers with depression. But there’s something wrong with the teenagers who return from The Program. Their depression is gone, yet so are their memories. The Program means to remove the “infected” memories, but how do you know who you are when memories from your past is stolen from you? All Sloane has to do is make it to her eighteenth birthday; when The Program can’t take her against her will. Then she will be safe.

But Sloane is under constant surveillance both at home and at school. The only time she can be herself is when she’s with James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of the treatment and Sloane knows their love can withstand anything. But they are getting weaker. The depression is setting in. It’s harder to bury their feelings. They both know one thing – The Program is coming for them.Read More »