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The blog of Rose Summers – A bright-eyed realist who shares her random musings in 500 words or less (most of the time) and/or videos.

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Review: The Treatment (The Program #2) by Suzanne Young

Title: The Treatment

Series: The Program #2

Author: Suzanne Young

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Quick review for a very sluggish read (on my part, even if it only took me a day, realistically speaking). I honestly didn’t like “The Treatment” much at all, but I’m giving it credit for some moments that were harrowing enough for the characters to invest me in pursuing it to the end. The problem is that there really wasn’t a lot happening in this book with respect to the central conflict. It begins where it leaves off – the promise of Sloane and James taking off and making their escape from the Program in order to find a way to take it apart and possibly recover their memories. Only this book is one example of the plot driving the characters rather than the characters driving the plot. The supposed love triangle is uber forced and the relationship drama is what takes center stage over any of the dystopian or hefty elements the story had to offer. It felt very weak in overarching delivery and emotion in places. It wasn’t until after the first third of the book was over that I started to find my footing with the plot. Even then, it felt thinly drawn and mostly constructed for convenience. It was frustrating because I knew what was going to happen well before it happened and while I did applaud that certain characters were called out and realized for the crummy things they pulled, I still didn’t feel as invested in the character journeys as I was hoping for.

I may check into the companion novels, but while this book gave a definitive ending for the characters contained within, I wouldn’t cite it as one of the more memorable YA dystopian series I’ve read. I can say I’ve read it once at least, but it doesn’t make me want to pick it up again after the initial read.

Overall score: 2/5 stars.

Review: The Program (The Program #1) by Suzanne Young

Quick review for a somewhat quick read. I’m so conflicted reflecting on this book because there were quite a number of good ideas that I think Young had in parallels drawn in the book, but the execution and implication of many of those assertions seemed to fall by the wayside and actually bothered the ever loving crap out of me as I read through it. I can’t (and refuse to) overlook those things as they not only affected my enjoyment of the novel, but made me think about how we choose to portray mental illness not just in fiction, but examine it in the world around us.

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Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

Quick review for a really sluggish read. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect when picking up Richelle Mead’s “Soundless”. Considering how upset I was over the bigotry presented in “The Glittering Court” – I almost completely passed over this. I’m now glad I didn’t because it was better than I thought it would turn out to be – and I enjoyed the story when taking it for the bare bones of its aim. However, “Soundless” isn’t really representative of Richelle Mead’s best work either – and I’m actually disappointed in terms of how such an intriguing premise (based on Chinese folklore, female protagonist who rises up to challenges to protect her people in something of a dystopian realm, some interesting supernatural/fantastical elements that showed up far too late in the narrative) could’ve had such poor execution

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Review: Rebel Heart (The Dust Lands Trilogy #2) by Moira Young

Quick review for a quick read. I read “Rebel Heart” in full quite a few years after reading “Blood Red Road”, so I had to refresh my memory on a few things that happened in the first book before tackling this one. My final reaction upon finishing it (and meditating over all of its events) was “Oh Saba.”

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Review: Once We Were (Hybrid Chronicles #2) by Kat Zhang

Initial reaction: It was decent, probably around my same reaction to the first book (which admittedly I read a while back ago.) The intrigue is strong but the execution felt a bit shaky through the novel.

Full Review:

Don’t let my rating of this book fool you – I thought “Once We Were” was a very good book, and a worthy second book in the Hybrid Chronicles series (following up the first book “What’s Left of Me.”) Following Eva and Addie in this book shows them in quite a few harrowing situations – a struggle between claiming the right to exist as Hybrid souls and changing the status quo from the oppressive network that’s quickly expanding its reach and aim. It’s an apt theme as far as a dystopian novel is concerned. It also shows Eva and Addie not just as one entity, but struggling to come to terms with their own identities in the mix of some harrowing events.

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