Review – The Treatment by Suzanne Young

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Author: Suzanne Young
ISBN: 9781442445833
No. of Pages: 352
Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult
Origins: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 29 April 2014
Bottom Line: Heart-poundingly, pulse-racingly awesome

The Treatment by Suzanne YoungSynopsis:

“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?”

Thoughts: The Treatment picks up at the moment The Program ends, as Sloane informs James of the existence of one lone pill that will let someone regain his or her full memories lost to The Program. Given that the suicide epidemic is gaining traction in even the adult population, the potential hazards of regaining lost memories is not something either Sloane or James can easily ignore. As they struggle to decide what to do with this miraculous windfall, they know without a doubt that they must keep The Treatment from the hands of The Program. Much running away and chasing ensues.

At the heart of the series lies the very real question of whether an epidemic, like the suicide epidemic that exists in the stories, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Does the hysteria created by the media and governmental reactions cause such situations to become worse or better? These are questions raised in the first novel, and Sloane only now gets around to discovering she is not the only one with such doubts. In their narrow escapes from recapture, Sloane and James come into contact with an eclectic group of people, and they must determine whether such self-expressed doubts are real or a mere cover to infiltrate their little band of rebels. It’s a taut web of fright versus flight, trust versus betrayal, and questions with answers buried among the lies.

Suzanne Young really knows how to tell a story. The first novel in this series was absolutely outstanding, but this second novel exceeds even that. The Treatment keeps readers’ hearts racing, increases blood pressure, and starts their bodies pumping out adrenaline to the point where going to sleep after reading it will be an exercise in futility. Ms. Young draws the reader into the action, making one a mute witness to everything Sloane and James encounter. The resulting emotional involvement creates the quintessential “must read in one sitting” reading experience.

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Review – The Taking by Kimberly Derting

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Taking Author: Kimberly Derting ISBN: 9780062293602 No. of Pages: 368 Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction Origins: HarperTeen Release Date: 29 April 2014 Bottom Line: Silly, good fun Synopsis: “A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing. When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the…

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It’s Monday, April 21st! What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading?

Hosted by Sheila from Book Journey, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Finished Last Week: Currently Reading: Currently Listening: Up Next: What are you reading?

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The Sunday Salon – April 20th Edition

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Good morning! The coffee is brewing. Holly is making breakfast. Connor is sleeping. My parents are here relaxing. The dogs are cuddling. While the sun isn’t shining, it is supposed to be in the upper 70s today. I say that it’s a wonderful Sunday morning. Notice anything different? I may have gone a little photo-editing…

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Review – The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Author: Gabrielle Zevin ISBN: 9781616203214 No. of Pages: 272 Genre: Fiction Origins: Algonquin Books; She Reads Book Club Release Date: 1 April 2014 Bottom Line: What a charming story Synopsis: “A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has…

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Review – Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog Author: Anne Blankman ISBN: 9780062278814 No. of Pages: 416 Genre: Young Adult; Historical Fiction Origins: Balzer + Bray Release Date: 22 April 2014 Bottom Line: Fascinating insider’s look at the early Nazi party Synopsis: “In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the…

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Review – The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Forever Song Author: Julie Kagawa ISBN: 9780373211128 No. of Pages: 416 Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult Origins: Harlequin Teen Release Date: 15 April 2014 Bottom Line: Absolutely outstanding ending to this thrilling series Synopsis: “VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her…

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Review – The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Title: The Here and Now Author: Ann Brashares ISBN: 978-0-385-73680-0 No. of Pages: 256 Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult; Romance Origins: Random House Children’s Publishing Release Date: 8 April 2014 Bottom Line: Predictable and clichéd but with a very interesting hypothesis Synopsis: “Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love. This is the…

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It’s Monday, April 14th! What Are You Reading?

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Hosted by Sheila from Book Journey, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Finished Last Week: Currently Reading: Currently Listening: Up Next:     What are you reading?

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The Sunday Salon – April 13th Edition

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Happy Sunday! It may be a typical Eeyore day on the outside, but here in the Shannon Teach (Gaelic for home), it’s been non-stop spring cleaning all weekend. Walls, floors, bedding, windows, carpets – the works. We even got a head start on the outdoors by tilling up some beds we want to redo and…

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