Series: The Program #1
Published by: Simon Pulse on April 29, 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
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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?
I’m sad to say that I didn’t like The Treatment as much as The Program. I thought the first half was a bit slow, since it was mostly just running away and trying to stay under the radar. But mostly, I didn’t like how Sloane, James, and Realm all started fighting. I HATED Realm. I didn’t like him in The Program and I hated him even more in The Treatment. I think he’s a creepy, manipulative bastard, and I don’t like him one bit. It pissed me off that Sloane didn’t hate him.
So my biggest reason for not loving The Treatment was that forced, unnecessary love triangle. James was jealous of Sloane’s friendship with Realm and Realm was spewing out shit like:
“I love you more than James ever could.”
Just shut up already, Realm. You’re a moron.
Then when James disappeared from the book all together for a while, I stopped reading for about two weeks. To be fair, a big reason was because this was over the Christmas/New Year holidays so I was quite busy, but still.. I’m shocked that I put the book down for that long.
When I finally picked it back up and James finally came back, I got into the book more. Things got exciting again, I loved him and Sloane together (they’re seriously ADORABLE!), and overall the book was just a lot more interesting.
My only other gripe after that was the ending. It was extremely rushed. View Spoiler » [The entire book is all about “stopping the epidemic” and “taking down The Program”. But the ending consists of: Sloane finally escaping The Program… then there’s kind of a “a few weeks later” period and we read one short article about how The Program was shut down. It felt EXTREMELY anti-climactic. I was hoping for an epic take down, but we literally just get a short paragraph from a news report. I was just hoping for so much more… « Hide Spoiler]
So overall I’d say I was a little disappointed in this book, especially after having loved The Program so much. But most people who are reading this one seem to love it, so I’d encourage you to give it a try if you loved the first book!