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Friday, September 30, 2016

#Book #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for The Recovery by Suzanne Young @suzanne_young @simonteen

TITLE: The Recovery
SERIES: The Program, #2.5
AUTHOR: Suzanne Young
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
PUBLICATION DATE: February 24, 2015
FORMAT: Kindle
LENGTH: 50 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction/Dystopia
Six months after the fall of The Program, ex-handler Michael Realm is struggling with his guilt. After all, he was instrumental in erasing the memories of several patients—including one he claimed to love. With a lifetime of regret stretched before him, Realm vows to set things right.

Along with his friend, James Murphy, Realm will track down those he’s hurt in an attempt to give them back their lives—starting with Dallas Stone. He’s not looking for forgiveness or redemption; he’s not a hero. But Realm hopes that with each recovered past, he’ll be able to reclaim a small bit of his own.

This novella picks up where The Treatment leaves off, and it is all about the guy I love to hate: Michael Realm. Now I’m not so sure about that!

Realm is on a mission. He needs to right the wrongs that he did while in The Program. As an imbedded handler, he earned the trust of the “difficult” patients and betrayed them by feeding their secrets to the doctors to ensure that the right memories were targeted for removal. Now, he wants to return those stolen memories to the patients that he feels he wronged the most. As we saw at the end of The Treatment, he started with his old girlfriend, Dallas. James has not only forgiven Realm but has become his new bestie, and he accompanies him on this journey. The patients are surprised but happy to see their friend, Realm...that is, until he confesses how he betrayed them! Some of the patients are happy to have their memories back, and others can’t get past Realm’s deception.

This novella has totally changed my opinion of Michael Realm! It turns out that he does have a conscience after all. He is guilt-ridden and totally remorseful, and he really doesn't gain anything by confessing his dirty deeds. I loved this exchange between Realm and James:

"Is it worth it?" he asked James. "What I'm doing to it worth it?"

"Yes," James said without hesitation. "You owe them the truth. And the more you give to them, the less you have to carry."

Well, that certainly is the truth! I like this new Realm! However, I am a bit sad with the direction of James' and Sloane's relationship. After everything they went through, it kind of sucks that Sloane will never love James like she used to. Maybe after she reads Realm's file, things will be different. I can hope, right?



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