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 driveBy her sopho 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 th century She s not sure where she s seen it, but she hopes once her mind is clear, she will find the artifactWhen 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 adventureHopefully, all her new habits don t get her killed 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 isthan possible it s probable, at least in part The idea that being drugged of one s own volition in order to lead asuccessful life reminds me of the hoopla around Prozac when it was 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 isthan possible it s probable, at least in part The idea that being drugged of one s own volition in order to lead asuccessful 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 Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include HABITS KICK BACK by MARSHA CORNELIUS in the library of Awesome IndiesBadge of Approval recipients at Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include HABITS KICK BACK by MARSHA CORNELIUS in the library of Awesome IndiesBadge of Approval recipients at 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 t 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 itselfcompelling 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 anyinteresting than someone in this day and age stopping their depression medication or anti anxiety medication BUT, then it hit methat 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 becomingandlike sheep to the slaughtercops 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 wonderdoes 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 societyand is it already happening I wonder