The horrifying imagined world in which teen suicide has become an epidemic, and the only cure is erasing memories, comes to a thrilling conclusion in Suzanne Young’s The Treatment.
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?
When I first read The Program, I remember asking myself: is it possible that just the idea of the Program itself is perpetuating the suicides? This very idea is at the heart of The Treatment and is thoroughly and satisfactorily addressed — all while Young also expands on the saga of her characters (both those familiar to readers and those new to this second book).
The Treatment is an emotional ride, and Young deftly balances the action and drama of her story, with the gut-wrenching emotions that propel her characters forward. There is loss and grief, but also a push to survive and thrive — and these dueling feelings play out delicately throughout the novel.
As always, Young balances out the drama and tension of her story with just the right dose of romance and humor — giving readers a chance to catch their breath whenever the weight of the story becomes too heavy. It’s a careful balancing act, and The Treatment pulls it off with aplomb, even as the story builds to its climactic ending.
The Treatment is a gripping and emotionally satisfying conclusion to The Program, rich with depth and passion on every page. It is in stores April 29th.