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The Treatment: The Program, Book 2
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Suzanne Young's The Treatment is a fairly tame adventure-romance set against a disturbing background: Teens and young adults are killing themselves, while an all-powerful government program has risen to halt the epidemic by wiping out the memories of anyone who begins to appear depressed. This sequel to The Program is built on the truth that memory is a source of great sadness, yet is fundamental for a healthy identity.
What's the story?
THE TREATMENT follows Sloane and her boyfriend, James, as they flee the government's massive effort to stop a teen suicide epidemic by wiping out the memories of anyone deemed at risk. Joining a network of other fugitive teens, Sloane and James find they can rely only on themselves and their promises to each other to fight for their identities. Sloane finds herself isolated in a treatment center being led toward a lobotomy when she risks everything to see James again.
Is it any good?
Concluding The Program, which presented a creepy world of rampant suicide and government intervention, The Treatment devolves into a classic romance with the heroine choosing between two admirers. Being on the run from a government effort to kill or lobotomize fugitive kids is rendered in paper-thin detail. When true love's never in doubt, the result may be uplifting, but not for long, no matter how fast the story unfolds.
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