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I found this book interesting from two perspectives (aside from it being a very enjoyable story, of course). First, the future that Ms. Cornelius posits is more than possible - it's probable, at least in part. The idea that being drugged of one's own volition in order to lead a more successful life reminds me of the hoopla around Prozac when it was becoming widely available and well-known. People were clamoring for prescriptions because of the promise of a better life through pharmaceuticals. A little later, it was statins - many claimed that the benefits of this class of medicine were so overwhelmingly positive, they should be added to the water supply. I knew several people who believed their daily Lipitor gave them license to eat as much steak, eggs, bacon and red meat as they wished without worrying about their health being negatively impacted.
The second facet of Ms. Cornelius' book that grabbed my attention (and still has me thinking, especially in light of the recent silliness on college campuses) is the idea that children pass through developmental stages that can be delayed or even prevented by external means (in this book it was the drugs that inhibited libido and, as a side effect, kept children from fully developing secondary sex characteristics as well as experiencing the by-products of puberty like bad skin and worse moods). I believe the recent cases of children behaving badly on college campuses is an outcome of their being kept emotionally and intellectually immature far longer than is historically common. Of course, in this real-world case, it's environmental factors such as over-protective family (and society in general) that's caused the delayed maturity, but the effect is the same.
To be honest, I'm not sure what I'd do if faced with the options available in Ms. Cornelius' book. It would be nice to pop a pill in the morning and not have to worry about maintaining my will power through the day!
This offers insight to what seeking the quick fix rather than self control can lead to.
Luna is a strong spirited lead who you can't help but to root for.
I would recommend for book clubs because of the topics it can bring forward to discuss.
I have to say that at first I thought "Who cares if these kids stop taking their meds? What can really happen that would be any more interesting than someone in this day and age stopping their depression medication or anti anxiety medication". BUT, then it hit me...that's the point now isn't it? It really got me thinking....just how dependant is society making the kids today on ADD, Depression, Anxiety medication and the like? How successful can they be without it and what do you really lose when you sacrifice free will and emotion for perfection, success above all else and do you turn into the "Pod People"? In a society of immediate gratification and (dare I say), a self- police state where everyone is out to point fingers at everyone else, it seems that people are becoming more and more like sheep to the slaughter......cops not being respected, states electing spanking as acceptable discipline in schools, our food supply and water being poisened with GMO'S, pesticides and chlorine and so many other things without the "common people" really standing up and speaking out. I wonder...does this book really strike a cord with the way in which people are so focused on their own success and being lost in crowd (afraid to stand out), that they are willing to do anything, TAKE anything to stay part of the status quo. And, what happens when someone you know and love steps outside the line? Like the main character....would your family support you or ostracize you? What if the status quo was to medicate as a general principal? Maybe something like this is not that far from fiction in our society...and is it already happening? I wonder....
Disclaimer: I received an e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Everyone is taking a pill for something or other. But what happens when you're the one who goes against the grain and decides to detox? That's exactly what this book explore, and it's such a great story.
I (as many of us did) grew up surrounded by people popping pills for everything from chronic illnesses to acute issues to weight loss and so on. To see a world where that's the norm and those who abstain are the minority is really interesting, as I think that's where our society is currently headed. I recommend this book for anyone who a) likes a great story, and b) thinks we might be better off staying away from Big Pharma for everything under the sun.
4.5 stars, wonderful story