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20 October 2018

Book Review: The Treatment by C.L. Taylor

This was an excellent YA dystopia that ticked all of the boxes and kept me gripped in. It's easy to read and difficult to put down. A fantastic story of control and rebellion that I would absolutely recommend.

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“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.

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5 Words: Control, family, society, rebellion, escape.

I thought that this was excellent and I absolutely loved it! It reminded me a little of Slated by Teri Terry. It is a standalone, and although I would actually love to read more I'm happy with that.

I listened to this on audiobook and I thought that Georgia Maguire did an outstanding job. She is engaging and perfect for the voice of Drew.

One of my favourite dystopia tropes is control the teens, it has such huge scope and is so scarily conceivable in even today's society. And the conditioning in The Treatment was scary in its believability.

The story is fast paced, and very much driven by the conviction and desperation of the main character, Drew. The writing style makes it very easy to get caught up in what's going on, to have your heart racing along with the characters. 

This was a great dive into YA for the author, who typically writes (excellent) adult thrillers. I was not disappointed and would definitely recommend.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like something I'd enjoy, and since you're positive about the book, I'm going to add it to my TBR!


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