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.
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?
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A great work from a great set of authors, the Shusterman clan does it again with ROXY. The premise of this sounds... odd. Personified medicine? What the heck? But it works, it works so, so well. I adored this, and it is full of everything you'd want from a Shusterman work and THEN some. Thank you for the e-arc!
It's a sobering look at the world of addictions, with the addictions being represented as people not unlike Greek gods. And like the Greeks, the story is played out time and again with the same themes, and the same addictions winning. A beautiful poetic ending puts a final "chorus" to a life hardly lived.
Shusterman never ceases to amaze me with the topics he tackles. Roxy is no exception. Drugs, like Roxy (Oxycodone) and Addison (Adderall) are personified in this novel. Their goal is to make their mark on siblings Isaac and Ivy. Drugs are not glorified in this novel. You are watching how they infiltrate and consume the lives of teens. This is a dark descent. Some may struggle piecing together the different drug nicknames and the bold coded messages often found at the beginning of the chapters, but piecing these items together is a classic Shusterman move. Overall, this is a creative (and researched) take on the opioid crisis that teens will want to read.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was amazing and stunning. The personification of Roxy and Addison were so well done, and I was so happy to read their story. Issac and Ivy were intriguing characters, and the authors did an amazing job of showing their sibling relationship. The idea sounded strange and unusual, but it was amazing and turned out to be a genius idea! It was an amazingly done dark story and did a great job of showing how easy an addiction could start. Overall, this was an interesting and well-executed take on the opioid crisis.