Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed meets Never Let Me Go in the pulse-pounding YA thriller from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author of The Escape.
“You have to help me. We’re not being reformed. We’re being brainwashed.”
All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.
Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.
Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.
Before it’s too late.
KEY WORDS: Mystery, adventure, adolescents vs. government, psychology, brainwashing
*I was given this ARC at YALC by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I think the best way to describe this book is what Cally says in her acknowledgements at the end of the novel – “Prison Break meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest but for teens”. If that sounds like your cup of tea then you 100% need to pick this up when it releases in October.
I always feel like I have to explain how much I enjoyed a book when I give it three stars because even I feel like it’s not a good rating but I have to confirm that it is. I enjoyed this book a lot. Three stars means I liked it, but when I see someone give books I loved three stars I get a bit upset wondering what their problem is. Thing is, three stars is a good rating. 3/5 is more than half, but when you only have the choice of one to five, you have to be really careful about what you give your four and five stars to.
The Treatment was intriguing, a story that explored family and friendship and an evil government (all recipes for success) through an adventure that puts lives in danger and looks into psychology and brainwashing. All exciting topics and very well written, immediately drawing me into the action. I liked this book, I promise.
The reason it doesn’t get four or five stars for me is because it, much like The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, seemed a bit on the youngest side of YA for me. It’s a personal preference, and I LOVE thrillers so I spent the whole book thinking, ‘god, I bet I’d love Cally’s adult novels’ (they are all now on my TBR). The only other thing I could fault it for, again, much like The Loneliest Girl was how quickly it concluded. It hit the climax of action and then suddenly everything happened in the last three chapter and it was over. The final “wrap up” chapter seemed a bit too much like, “eh, I’m done now so I’ll just tell you all these things so that the book is over”.
A solid three star novel that I would happily read again. Perfect read for a weekend away, train journey or summer holiday.