The Treatment

The Treatment

For Ages: 14 and up
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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?
  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442445833 | 
  • April 2014 | 
  • Grades 9 and up | 
  • Lexile ® HL700L
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Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to

The Treatment

By Suzanne Young

Discussion Questions

1. What can you do to get help if you, or someone close to you, exhibits signs of depression? Who are safe, reliable people in your life whom you can turn to?

2. Compare and contrast The Program to its sequel, The Treatment. How have the main characters changed? How have they remained consistent? Describe your experience reading The Treatment. Do you think it properly continued the story that began in The Program?

3. The Program considers teen depression “an infection.” Define infection. How (or when) does depression qualify as infection? Is that a valid term? Is it possible for depression to be a behavioral contagion, as the Program argues? Sloane posits, “The Program says those who are infected exhibit all sorts of uncharacteristic behaviors, including promiscuity, anger, and depression. Maybe it never occurred to the good doctors that sometimes a couple might just be hot for each other or angry or sad. It’s not always sickness.” Defend or refute Sloane’s theory.

4. Dr. Pritchard explains that a 100 percent cure rate is vitally important to The Program—“the committee made it clear that perfection was the ultimate goal.” Why were the powers behind The Program so concerned with this unanimous “success&rdq see more

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About the Author

Suzanne Young
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Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of The Program, The Treatment, The Remedy, The Epidemic, A Need So Beautiful, and Hotel Ruby. You can visit her online at Suzanne-Young.Blogspot.com.

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