A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Treatment takes place against on the fictional background of a suicide epidemic, but does not explain the real-life phenomenon in detail.
To end a suicide epidemic among teens and young adults, the U.S. government sanctions a program to wipe out the memories of those at risk. The main characters' strength comes from their conviction that their memories, a source of identity, are worth fighting for.
Positive Role Models
Pursued by an all-powerful government program that seeks to wipe out their memories, and betrayed by some of their peers, Sloane and her boyfriend, James, survive by remaining loyal to each other.
Violence & Scariness
There is one non-fatal stabbing, and an adult gets knocked out by a blow to the head with a metal tray. A minor character's imprisoned for rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sloane and her boyfriend frequently kiss and caress, and on three occasions intend to have sex, but the act is never explicit and is always placed in the context of marriage.
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"S--t," "f--king," "d--k," and "a--hole" are used about a dozen times in total.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A scene takes place at a pop-up teen bar where beer and ecstasy are consumed.
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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.
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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