Also by this author: The Program, The Remedy
Series: The Program #2
Published by Simon Pulse on April 29, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, YA
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?
This book. Ahh. I just read the first one a couple of weeks ago and I was immediately sucked into the story. A dystopian story…that seems plausible. Unlike a lot of the dystopian stories…which I love, don’t get me wrong. But this one is about suicide becoming an epidemic. In a world where suicide rates are increasing, this story isn’t so farfetched.
Overall, this book is a great sequel to The Program and it wraps everything up nicely…at the end. But I’ll get back to that.
Also from this point on, I’m probably going to be revealing some spoilers from the first book…so, Step One: read my review on the first one (link above). Step Two: Read The Program. Step Three: Love The Program. Step Three 1/2: If you didn’t love it, tell me whyyy. I want to hear what you have to say. Step 4: Read this review. Step 5: Read The Treatment. Step 4 and 5 are interchangeable. Okay the end.
First, I just want to talk about how I capital-L Loved how Suzanne Young wrote these two books together. This was a perfect series for a duology because in the first book Sloane slowly loses her memories to the Program. In this book, it’s all about finding herself again, finding who she is despite The Program because Sloane is way too BA to let any people tell her who she is and who she isn’t. She is Sloane Freaking Barstow and she is her own person. I really liked that.
Second…..I HAD NO IDEA WHO TO TRUST IN THIS BOOK. That epilogue from the first book (see review) had me questioning quite literally everyone in the book. Everyone’s memories are faulty and I was just going back and forth on my theories and bah adjisoadjsiajxisaodjs. I literally made a note on my phone in all caps wallowing about the fact that I can’t trust anyone. And yeah it makes me freak out and I hate it. But I also love it. Suzanne Young did this one purpose and it’s awesome. In a world where where anyone could send them and their memories away with an easy call to The Program, trust was not a common feeling. Young was able to build that distrust in the reader which is not a common thing. Normally we know what’s going on. We may know more than the main character does. But here, no. Here I can’t trust what she knows because The Program has altered that knowledge. I can’t trust what her peers know because I don’t know who is good and who is bad. That epilogue seriously ruined me. But in a good way. Or a bad. I still can’t decide. Here is the word-for-word note I left in my notes:
OH MY WORD. I have NO idea who to trust while reading this novel. Honestly I hate it and I’m so intrigued by it at the same time and I hate that about myself. ‘Just hate it,’ I whisper in my head. ‘No,’ the English major side of my brain whispers back. Everything is so unreliable because of the lack of memories and [short intermission to avoid spoilers]! Ahhhhhh. I can’t fathom things right now. HOW IS THIS ALL GOING TO BE RESOLVED IN A LITTLE OVER A HUNDRED PAGES??? My heart, man. It can’t take it. But I guess it can because I must. read. on.
Haha, I’m so weird. Also this is a very spirited note for me. Very spirited and very caps. Also I just realized I typed out that entire thing when I could have just copied and pasted it…Okay, moving on.
Next…I love James. He is just hilarious. I don’t think I would be attracted to his personality if he were sitting right next to me. But I love him for Sloane. I made a note of one of his quotes: “‘Ah, Michael Realm,’ James calls out, still sitting at the kitchen table. ‘What a surprise. I’d give you a hug too, but I think I’d rather punch you in the face.'” Lol. [You probably wouldn’t get that if you haven’t read the first book (see Steps to Follow above)].
Overall, I loved it. I love the intrigue and the unreliable narrator and the unpredictability. I gave it a four just because I like the first one even better. I’m super pumped to read The Remedy, her newest companion novel to this duology. But read the series!
Have you read these books? What did you think? Let me know!