The Innocence Treatment
A compelling YA debut thriller that is an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read. You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.
"Nineteen Eighty-Four meetsV for Vendettain a thrilling package." —Kirkus Reviews
Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her—and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?
Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, Ari Goelman'sThe Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren's papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling young adult debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren's story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.
Praise forThe Innocence Treatment:
"A compelling plot structure, in which her sister has compiled Lauren's journal entries, doctor's records, and video notes, will instantly pique readers' curiosity. . . . A fresh take on futuristic psychological thrillers and an easy sell to reluctant readers." —School Library Journal
"Goelman’s surveilled America, set fifteen years in the future, paints a bleak possible reality of government overreach through limitations of free speech, invasion of privacy, and unethical medical experimentation. Readers looking to jump into government conspiracies will find a fresh take with this teenager who gains the ability to fight back, rebel against authority, and expose government corruption." —VOYA