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Book Review - Narcotic Nation – Scarlett Savage

Monday, May 20, 2013

This book takes a unique view of something that has been thought about by many for quite a few years now. It takes place in the future and drugs have been legalized. The taxes which are levied have made America a much better place, maybe. Everyone has medical insurance, plenty of food and a roof over their heads. But—the government is acting like “BIG BROTHER” and is controlling virtually everything. Politicians are still causing trouble. And there are drug addicts dying like flies in alleyways.

Not everyone agrees with this drug policy and of course there is dissent. A bunch of friends who have a rock group win a competition and are overnight stars. How each of these kids reacts is totally believable. The biggest problem comes in because a couple of them totally agree with the drug policy while a couple of them vehemently do not. And one or two really do not think about it much at all. The complications that arise between the friends are not always predictable. This is the story of the rise and fall of this rock band and the depths to which people will fall to uphold their political beliefs.

From the back of the book:


It’s present day America, but in which all narcotics were legalized fifteen years ago with the advent of the Freedman Bill (the formal name for the Legalization). While there is finally plenty of money to pay police, teachers, firemen and other public workers, and no one in the country is without food, shelter or insurance, the government now utilizes methods designed to keep usage within a safe parameter…violating many Constitutional rights in the process. The country is torn by this decision. There are the Realists, who firmly feel that since drug use isn’t going away, that they should tax it, make it available and put those trillions towards improving the country and it’s citizens. The Idealists are convinced we are allowing our baser instincts to be used for the good of the politicians, and are fiercely fighting for the bill to be overturned.

In the midst of all this, rock band, Deus Ex Machina, having won an American idol type competition, executes it’s forst world tour. Roped into participating by his lead singer girlfriend, Raven, bassist and aspiring politico, Ashe Brecken is dismayed when his band actually wins on live television. But there’s a silver lining for him—he can use his new found celebrity toward a purpose. Working hand in hand with Stay Straight, the organization dedicated to overturning the Legalization, his dedication borders on zealotry. What he doesn’t know is there is a saboteur in the band…someone that supports the Legalization and the help it offers to sick and hungry children. After a public humiliation completely discredits him in the eyes of Stay Straight and the entire country, Ashe employs deadly designs to make his statement to the world. Turning to someone he’s long dispised to assist him in this dangerous effort, this longtime band of friends find themselves keeping treacherous secrets from each other while they’re in the midst of changing not only the nation, but the whole world.

But at what cost?

This book can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes and Nobel and wherever fine books are sold.


About the Author (from Amazon)

38-year-old Scarlett Savage is a multi-award-winning off-Broadway playwright. Her plays, “Dear Daddy, Love Cassie” and “My Sister Jake is Dying” have not only entertained, but raised awareness and funds for organizations such as RAINN and the Ronald MacDonald House. Her play, “I AM A GIRL!!”, (celebrating the fact that every woman who changed the world was once upon a time just a girl, just like they are now) was the 2008 Dramatic Presentation for the National Girl Scout Jamboree. Her play, “Not This Girl, Not This Day”, under the working title “Numbers” and under the direction of renowned, accomplished director Richard Rose not only sold out but outsold all of Theater Row during its extended run. In her twenties, Scarlett took a break from the theater to write the books “Narcotic Nation” and “The Madman’s Clay”; a return to the stage saw “Dear Daddy, Love Cassie” win several more awards and the birth of “She F*&king Hates Me: A Love Story”. While her plays ran on stages throughout New England, NYC and LA, Scarlett transposed “She F*&king Hates Me: A Love Story”, “Not This Girl, Not This Day”, into novels as well. She is currently writing the screenplays for “She F*&king Hates Me: A Love Story” and “Dear Daddy, Love Cassie” for Highland Films, and working on the sequel, “She F*&king Loves Me: A Wedding Story” as she preps “Not This Girl, Not This Day” for its LA debut at Hudson Theater. She is the mother of teen actress/ballet dancer Daphne Juliet Ellis, and advanced art student Jessica Juliet Savage, and lives with the love of her life, artist Mike Biggie



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15 comments :

becca said...

this book is right up my ally anything with music and thrill adding to reading list

Kelli Avery said...

Addiction is a dangerous subject all around, this book sounds intriguing yet almost heart breaking...

Melinda Dunne said...

I think the book sounds very interesting. It seems addiction (of all kinds) is at a record high. I wouldn't want to be around if this really happened I think it would be a mess.

Nicole A. said...

Sadly, I can't remember the last time I read a book. I've been so swamped with school and life.

Cyndie said...

Sounds like my kind of book

Jennifer Williams said...

That has been the big debate for a while, this sounds like a great book. Of course it could also end up becoming all to real which is scary.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I am not sure f I would like this kind of book but then again, I might.

Healy Harpster said...

I don't find this interesting. But, I know, there is a lesson after the story.

amiableamy said...

I would try to read this ... it has depth into it.

nova hedges said...

The book sounds as good to be true, if only we don't abuse those legal things we would have a better country

Adin B said...

I just recently started reading a book, but it is a different kind of book about healthy living. This one again sounds like something interesting to read. Topic about drugs sure is a serious matter and talking about what is happening in this country now a days and our government. Thanks for sharing!

Christy Maurer said...

That sounds very good! I like books set in the future like this! Thanks!

LaVonne Long said...

I like a good dystopian book. This one sounds pretty good. Thanks for sharing such a well done review. I appreciate it!

Lexie Lane said...

How do you have time to read all these books? This is such a good review Michele. This sounds so intriguing. My brother was a victim and had to pay a really heavy price for the things he did under the influence. Always like knowing other's thoughts on it.

Kim Croisant said...

Girl - you are a book reader for sure. I'd still be on the first book that you posted 2 weeks ago.

This one sounds very good indeed.

 
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