Thursday, July 24, 2014

Audio Review: The Treatment

Title: The Treatment
Author: Suzanne Young
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Pages: 352

Format: Audio
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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 Treatment is a heck of a ride and will have your emotions all over the place. When I read The Program about a year ago and was intrigued by the idea of the story. I had forgotten a lot of what happened in The Program but Young gave enough backstory to jog my memory. In my opinion, The Treatment heads somewhat in a different direction but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. 

In the first book, I liked Realm and his relationship with Sloane more than I did James's relationship with her. However, in the second book, I felt that reverse. Somehow, James grew on me. I still didn't completely love him. He was still arrogant and I didn't always get the vibe that he really cared about Sloane. He acted like he did but I sometimes wondered if it was an act. Realm got on my nerves a lot in The Treatment. He didn't make good decisions and was a bit pushy. 

For the most part, I liked Sloane. She did frustrate me a little at times though. I didn't always agree with her decisions or her actions but I guess different people make different choices. My favorite character was Dallas. I loved her personality! She put on a tough face but underneath it was vulnerability.

As I said earlier, I felt that The Treatment kind of took on a different direction. Instead of focusing on what The Program did to kids, The Treatment focused more heavily on how to stop The Program. There was still some focus on the program of course but just not as much in my opinion. 

The thing I really enjoyed about The Treatment was the suspense. I never knew who was telling the truth, who to trust, or how things were going to turn out. I didn't know how or if Sloane and James would be able to stop the Program and if they did how they would stop the epidemic. 

The same narrator was used as the one from The Program. Usually, that's a plus for me but in this case it wasn't. I didn't care for her in the first book and I still didn't care for her in this one. Her voice is too monotoned and lacks emotion. It does give the book a depressing feel which I guess goes with the story but I think it was a little overkill. 

The Treatment is a good conclusion to the duology. While the story wasn't my favorite, I still recommend it to others. The subject matter is intriguing and the story has plenty of action and suspense to keep readers interested.


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