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Concentr8 Hardcover – January 19, 2016
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Concentr8 takes place in London England in the not so distant future. Or maybe it is distant. It is kind of hard to tell. The city is currently under going a riot of epic proportions. Why? The government decided that it would stop supplying the medication Concentr8, used to treat ADHD, to the people. This medication is so wide spread and used by so many people that they all freak out and riot. A lot of them being teenagers.
Teenagers like our main characters. Our story follows a group of them. We start out at the riot, where they aren't doing much at all, and then the ring leader decides to kidnap a random government employee. The other kids don't know why, but they follow along anyways.
Then they take the kidnapped employee into an abandoned warehouse. They become public news. The mayor gets involved. Things happen. The whole story takes place over the course of 6 days.
I personally thought that this story sounded like an interesting one. I had such faith going into it that it was going to be good. I was so bitterly disappointed.
There are a lot of different narratives to follow with in this story. While this is not normally a thing that turns me off, when all the narratives essentially sound like I am following the same person when I am not supposed to be, I find them a horrible drag. And that is how they were in Concentr8.Read more ›
The concept of the book attracted me immediately. It is not very common to get a chance to get into the minds of such oddball characters – and I mean oddballs in a good way. We are so used to larger than life characters, the next door teenagers kind of characters play the lead roles in the books that it is often a refreshing change to read about different kind of characters. Told from multiple points of view, the story provides its readers with a complete sense of the plot. The author has done a great job of setting up the plot and then following it through till the end. The plot makes you question a lot of things and unfortunately does not provide any answers to them, leaving it up to the readers to decide.
However, I have to admit that the narration and characterization in the book was the most confusing thing ever. The author, in order to add to the authenticity of the characters, has given different voices to his characters and narrated the story in a way so as to stay true to its characters who suffer from ADD. As a result the narration can be difficult to follow and to warm up to.Read more ›
In a future Britain, Concentr8 is the new Ritalin and it has been prescribed to all children who are in any way disruptive. Huge numbers of children are on this drug, manipulated by the drug companies, who have convinced the government to give pay-outs to parents of children who take the drug.
Then, suddenly, there is a policy change and the drug is withdrawn to save money. Massive riots break out across the country, as children try to cope with their new-found energy.
Five teenagers; Troy, Karen, Lee and Femi, led by Blaze, go out to see the riots that are going on in their town. On a whim, they take a hostage and tie him to a radiator in an empty warehouse. What do they want? What will they do with the hostage? And how will it all end??
Each chapter is narrated by one of the youngsters, a journalist, the mayor, or the negotiator and it's interesting to see events from so many perspectives.
There are also interesting quotes from leading professionals in the field of ADD and ADHD at the end of each chapter.
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This book, where do I even begin, I honestly have no idea how to put into words what I just read. The synopsis and cover art is stunning and intriguing, it was what pulled me in first. I guess the easiest way to begin this review is that this book is straight up controversy and a play on our modern day society as we know it. It is an interesting perspective to read a book on a miracle drug like Ritalin when you teach at a school where the majority of the student population is on such medication. It really brings the questions to light, are we over medicating today's youth and are we just doing it to keep them from acting out?
Concentr8, based on my comments above was intriguing and thought-provoking, causing you to reflect on our current society and where we are headed. The book is completely unique, and I have never come across something that broaches this topic in YA, ever. I would classify this as an upper YA book and while it didn't blow me out of the water, it kept me wanting to flip the pages...but most of all it caused me to reflect on the students I surround myself with everyday, well 5 days a week.
William Sutcliffe's writing is also unique, multiple narratives with multiple thoughts and styles of speaking, some are just jumbled thoughts. You really feel like you are in the characters' heads and while the story is somewhat predictable, because really, kidnapping someone can only have so many outcomes...I still liked the read. So if you are looking for something quick and unique, I definitely recommend Concentr8.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
d this as an arc from net galley in exchange for an honest review. In a future London, concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sue Wallace
All the doped kids given a new drug called Concentr8 for their behavioural difficulties, revert to hyperactivity when the supply is cut off in London. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Clare O'Beara
Concentr8 is a very thought provoking story about ADHD and the use of drugs, such as Ritalin to control it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by P. Mortimer
Set in near-future London, the story concerns a group of teenagers who, during riots very like those of 2011, randomly kidnap and hold hostage a member of the mayor's staff. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sid Nuncius