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From the team that brought you the New York Times best-selling Dry comes a riveting new thriller that proves when gods play games, even love is a lie.​

The freeway is coming.

It will cut the neighborhood in two. Construction has already started, pushing toward this corridor of condemned houses and cracked concrete with the momentum of the inevitable. Yet there you are, in the fifth house on the left, fighting for your life.

Ramey, I.

The victim of the bet between two manufactured gods: the seductive and lethal Roxy (Oxycontin), who is at the top of her game, and the smart, high-achieving Addison (Adderall), who is tired of being the helpful one and longs for a more dangerous, less wholesome image. The wager - a contest to see who can bring their mark to “the Party” first - is a race to the bottom of a rave that has raged since the beginning of time. And you are only human, dazzled by the lights and music. Drawn by what the drugs offer - tempted to take that step past helpful to harmful…and the troubled places that lie beyond.

But there are two I Rameys - Isaac, a soccer player thrown into Roxy’s orbit by a bad fall and a bad doctor, and Ivy, his older sister, whose increasing frustration with her untreated ADHD leads her to renew her acquaintance with Addy.

Which one are you?

©2021 Neal and Jarrod Shusterman. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Very powerful

Very effective of showing the glitter and dark side of drugs. Loved the real names that brings the drugs to life. My only issue was not being sure what name always went to the drugs. I am glad the Shusterman’s bring this horrible issue in life to help stop this drug cycle that has plagued the world since drugs entered the medical world.

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Sometimes cheesy but worth the read

I've read all of Neal's books, not just the popular ones, and this fits. I think he learned his lesson from Game Changer, and the book is less "down your throat" political.

The story is told from the perspective of characters, as well as from the perspective of personified drugs (which can be cheesy at times). I can't tell if it's because I'm getting older now (24) or just because it's relatively cheesy in general. HOWEVER, I will say that it's executed very well. Adderall and Morphine being the most well written in my opinion.

If you like his writing style, you'll like the book. Similar "feels" to Dry, being in a modern setting with real world issues.

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Brilliant but RUFF

This is pharmacology meets American Gods, so I present to you American Meds. Creative, empathetic, and heartbreaking, this book takes a novel approach of addressing teens, the opiate crisis, and addiction in general. This is grim as hell, but a very worthwhile read. Have tissues.