Prescription drugs are so common in the future they’re called supplements, and dispensed at meals like side dishes. Just like everyone else, Luna takes pills to curb her appetite, increase her memory, focus her concentration, improve her mood, even suppress her sex drive.By her sophomore year in college, however, she’s beginning to wonder what life is like outside this druPrescription drugs are so common in the future they’re called supplements, and dispensed at meals like side dishes. Just like everyone else, Luna takes pills to curb her appetite, increase her memory, focus her concentration, improve her mood, even suppress her sex drive.By her sophomore year in college, however, she’s beginning to wonder what life is like outside this drug-induced state. The perfect opportunity to break out of the mire comes when she sees a picture of a medallion from the 5th century. She’s not sure where she’s seen it, but she hopes once her mind is clear, she will find the artifact.When she stops taking supplements, she discovers food tastes delicious, her friend Sal is suddenly sexy, and the search for the lost medallion turns into a real adventure.Hopefully, all her new habits don’t get her killed....
|Title||:||Habits Kick Back|
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|Number of Pages||:||334 Pages|
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Habits Kick Back Reviews
What a great book! The premise is fascinating and Marsha Cornelius has the reader hooked into her well-imagined future before he or she realizes it. 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!
It took me a little bit to get into it but once I was in, I was hooked. I have to say that this author's stories have a way of sneaking up on me and sinking it's claws in. I started out not quite finding the uniqueness in the storyline but once the main character decided to go off her supplements and I knew she was staying off of them against all of society, including her friends and family, I started seeing the potential and then quickly fell in line with the characters all around. I love how the characters are three dimensional and the relationships believable, right down to her teenage rebellion against her parents. I appreciated at one point how the physical connection between the main character and her love interest was not overdone or overly descriptive. I tend to skip most of those parts in stories as I find the actual plot itself more compelling than any sexual encounter, but that's just me. I love that it's just enough to get the point and then back to the story.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....
I was given an Ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is definitely very different from what I'm used to reading in a good way. I gave this book 4.5 stars out of 5 because I really enjoyed it, it just took me a while to get into the story. In this book taking prescribed drugs which they call supplements is a very common thing they serve them during lunch like a side dish. The pills help with memory, focus, weight (this one really caught my attention lol) and even to suppress feelings for the opposite sex. But when our main character Luna discovers an ancient medallion she is sure she has seen before, she decides that she's tired of being drugged up she stops drinking her pills. It is then that she starts to realize that food is delicious and starts to feel a very powerful attraction to her best friend Sal. I really enjoyed this book. I really liked the characters and the story. This book has humor, adventure, just the right amount of romance, and even action. I really do recommend you read this book it's a fast read and very enjoyable.
4.5 starsDisclaimer: 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
Full review found at: http://awesomebooknuts.blogspot.com/Overall, I do recommend the book (although I give it 3.5 stars) because it made me think. I like when a book forces me to consider alternate paths.The story is intriguing, but there was a bit of flip-flopping going on and it was a bit "preachy" at times. The story didn't flow quite as well as I expected. It was a little inconsistent, but it came together in the end. For the most part, I enjoyed it.
A very interesting premise! I was intrigued by the not-so-distant future Cornelius created but found the narrative to be a bit preachy at times. Full review here at SeeKikiRead.com.
Pharmaceutical companies are already proving they have the power to dictate how we live. Read full review in the 2015 April issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Great SF novel! I liked the premise of a future in which nearly everyone controls their emotions, hormones, weight, and even intelligence by taking pills. What happens when Luna decides to stop taking her supplements makes for an interesting story.