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The Treatment

Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
Series: The Program, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2014 Suzanne Young (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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  • LL
  • 02-05-2014

Mixed Review

I loved The Program and couldn't wait to listen to The Treatment. I didn't love it nearly as much I would have if it had been a stand alone book. This is because it was as if the author was hoping that we'd all forget some of the conversations and scenes from The Program. I don't want to give anything away but as an example in The Program a character would say "This is XYZ" and in The Treatment the same character would say "Can you believe this is XYZ? I didn't know that". This happened at least twice and I don't think it added to the plot at all so it made me wonder. There is also a more nitpicky critique that a scene from The Program was related again in The Treatment but the brand of soda mentioned changed from Diet Coke to Diet Pepsi. Why?

The narrator did a good job and it helps that I am used to her voice/style from The Program. She seems to have problems with accents, but mostly did just fine.

So now, here is what I liked: I enjoyed the fact that this book completed the story without unnecessarily stretching it out into a 3rd book. The characters were nicely fleshed out and were all flawed and layered rather than being one dimensional. The story moved along quickly and kept me guessing. It was interesting enough to keep me listening. The best part was that the ending was very satisfying and I will admit to getting a little teary.

All in all, The Treatment is an enjoyable book which should appeal to YA fans.

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  • SailrGirl13
  • 04-04-2019

I Just Can't

The main character,Sloan is so annoying! Maybe its because I am not a YA but I do love YA books and dystopian books. I listened to the first two books but there is no way I can continue down this road and listen to more. I just can't. Its a good story line but actions of the charcters drives me insane. So many times I wanted to just slap Sloan. I must have called her idiot several times. Ok she is a teenager and teenagers are idiots. ITs true, I was an idiot too. Not for me but I'm sure plenty of other people would love this series.

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  • None
  • 21-03-2017

Tedious

The premise was interesting. The book could have been half the length. Not what I expected.

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  • Michael Ngo
  • 12-02-2017

I like the relationship development

I like the relationship development we got. James is always a fun character and it's good we got more of him here.

I enjoyed the first half of the book but the second half of the book felt too much like the first book.

I don't like that the ending felt too easy and too passive. It made sense but it still felt too easy.

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  • Kendall
  • 27-08-2016

Just as good as the first book! total cliff hanger

Would you listen to The Treatment again? Why?

Yes. I absolutely loved the characters and the surprises they faced along the way. I definitely found myself on the edge of my seat multiple times.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Treatment?

SPOILER: When sloan is trying to escape at the end.

What about Joy Osmanski’s performance did you like?

She had great voices for each character and she read with excitement! It was all at a good pace too.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes! Some parts I was shocked and kind of worried how the characters were going to end up. I also want to meet a guy like James.. he's perfect!

Any additional comments?

Im glad that this book was just as good as the first one. It held true to the characters and the fast pace that the first book had.

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  • Karlyn Keller
  • 16-04-2016

Good closure to the story line

It was a good closure to the story line. It brought things to a nice wrap up. I didn't feel rushed. I didn't get too bogged down. It flowed from character to character in a natural way. It leaves room for other stories but the reader need not read them if they don't want to as this really wrapped up well. I would not recommend this book as a stand alone because you need to understand the world of the novel to get it.

I found myself wondering about the premise of course. Suicidal concerns with young people around the world. Being a teen is filled with so much wandering and thinking and angsting that I could see where it might seem like an epidemic. There was never an attempt to explain the problem or science the problem which I personally appreciated. My take is that it would have been ridiculous. So I accepted the premise and enjoyed the book. If you are someone who has this need for everything to be logical then I'd suggest skipping this series. Logical it ain't.

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  • Meili
  • 07-03-2016

Loved it.

It was Such a good read. Kind of cheesy teenage love story. Recommend to any.

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  • Kevin
  • 23-11-2015

must read

fabulous series. most read. amazing book. my 13 and 16 year Olds loved it as well

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  • T. McCrum
  • 03-06-2015

Good book!

Read the first (The Program) and thought it was such an interesting idea and story line. Really enjoyed the second!

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  • Voncille Anderson
  • 31-12-2014

Awesome book

Really enjoyed the characters. Michael was a complicated guy, but you couldn't help but like him.