Series: The Program #2
Published by Simon Pulse on April 29, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Social Issues, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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?
~ The Program was one of those books that completely took me by surprise. I loved the premise, so I was eagerly awaiting this arc!
~ Let’s play catch up (Contains Spoilers to The Program)- Suicide is an epidemic amongst teens. Sloane’s brother, best friend to James, kills himself, and then a close friend. Sloane’s parents enroll her into The Program, which essentially erases the memories of teens, so they go back into society happy and shiney. Sloan meets Realm inside, and he helps her cope with the worst of it, and they grow close, even though Sloane and James are totally MFEO (made for each other). Despite being stepforderized, James and Sloane find their way back to each other and have to go on the run. Realm gives Sloane a pill that will bring back her memories but leaves the choice up to her.
~ The Treatment opens with Sloane and James still on the run, and Sloane still unable to decide if she should take the pill or not. If she gets her memory back she’ll remember all the romance with James, and good times with her brother and Lacey, but she’ll also get all the bad memories and possibly fall into a deep depression.
~ While on the run, Sloane and James cross paths with Dallas, who is both rude and funny, and Cas. They’re friends of Realms, but they don’t particularly trust Sloane and James since they are “returners”.
~ Dallas has been through the Program too, but Realm wasn’t there to protect her from the truly despicable Roger (in The Program he trades girls lasting memories for physical acts. He is so slimy and we hate him). So I feel bad for her, and like her rough edges. But then she makes it clear that she wants James, who is my book boyfriend and therefore I am only willing to share him with Sloane, so I kind of hate Dallas for that.
~ Sloane and James run into Lacey at a safe house in Salt Lake City, Utah, but Kevin isn’t with her and Lacey is not doing well at all.
~ I really enjoyed the safe house and how it ran, I would have liked to see more of the inhabitants and their stories.
~ So, the gang heads to the Suicide Club- which is kind of a hangout for rebels. Sloane meets a guy Adam there who seems to know her name.
~ Making Out at the Suicide Club should be the name of a band or a book, instead it’s what James and Sloane do! lol
~ A few ecstasy laced drinks later and Sloane is having memories of Miller- Lacey’s ex-boyfriend who killed himself.
~ Lacey goes missing and once again Sloane and James are on the run. This time with Dallas and Cas- and then a very special guest appears!
~ Weirdly, we get to meet Dr. Arthur Pritchard, creator of the Program. He started it after losing his daughter, which I admit is sad. But after all his grief led to, it’s hard to believe that he’s anything more than a mad genius.
~ There is a lot of relationship angst in this book, which I’m cool with because I love all the participants and I’m still completely intrigued by the idea of our memories dictating who we are.
~ Realm’s history with Dallas broke my heart, but I loved the realistic nature of their relationship. Now I love me some romance, and I love me some YA Romance, but it’s also good to show young readers that not all relationships are good- sometimes the boys/girls are jackasses that you are better off without, and sometimes you date someone that you’re not in love with and it’s okay to move on.
~ There is loss in this book, just like there was in The Program, some of it is the loss of your own identity (Hello, One Flew Over a Cuckoo’s Nest!).
~ I don’t want to say much else, because I don’t want to spoil it, but there were definitely some great reveals, and lots of tension, action and romance.
~I love how strong Sloane is, yes there are people she cares about and wants to help, but she has a strong sense of survival and there is no surrender in this girl.
~ I really liked the ending, thought the glimpse of this secondary character put the duology into perspective.
~ And that’s all I’m giving you, midnighters! I loved this series, and I’m so happy that the last book didn’t let me down!
Sloane- still recovering from The Program, on the run with James.
James- Sloane’s boyfriend, pre-Program and after, he wants to keep her safe, but really wants his memories.
Realm- has a major thing for Sloane, but the secrets he’s kept threatens their relationship.
Dallas- rebel leader, friend of Realm, and attracted to James. Um, back up, Dallas- I won’t tell you twice.
Lacey- Sloane’s bff, also a survivor of the Program.
Cas- the money man for the rebels, friends with Dallas and Realm.
Adam- mystery guy Sloane meets at the Suicide Club.
Kevin- Lacey’s handler and boyfriend, also friends with Realm.
Roger- pyscho Program lapdog. We hate him.
Dr. Arthur Pritchard- creator of the Program.
With books that have this much action and twists, it’s so hard to pick my midnight moment- I think Alfred Pritchard’s fate was fairly Midnight Moment-ish. Also, I loved finding out exactly where Realm got that pill for Sloane- it made me happy in a revenge-y kind of way. Too cryptic? So sad, go read the book! 😉
Stop the Clock:
The Program and The Treatment were two really great reads, I just loved the characters and I loved the plot even if it’s a little far-fetched. Or maybe that’s why I loved it? It doesn’t glorify suicide, instead it shows the pain and grief left behind, taking away the dark romance aspect that teens so often feel towards death (there weren’t any emos in my high school days, but I did spend a lot of time listening to The Cure and watching The Crow and Heathers and writing lots of dark, horrible poetry). It shows that our memories, even the really awful ones, help shape us into who we are, connect us to the people we love, or hate. They’re worth holding onto, as is life.
The Treatment gets a Midnight Book rating of: