Wednesday, March 2, 2016

21:120 Less Than Hero by S.G. Browne

What happens when your life doesn't end up going the way you expected and instead of being a highly successful businessman, you end up as a "professional" guinea-pig for the pharmaceutical companies?  What does taking that many experimental drugs for years do to a person, both physically and mentally?  Lloyd has been doing this for 5 years now and his life is just drifting along until he starts noticing that when he feels super tired and then let's out a big yawn, whoever was in the path of the yawn falls asleep and he feels instantly refreshed.  When he starts discussing this with his other guinea-pig friends, they mention similar strange occurrences with different effects such as vomiting, rashes, and incredibly rapid weight gain. They start experimenting and find that they can learn to control these powers and decide that they must use them for good.  The only problem is that they aren't the only ones who have been testing these drugs.

I enjoy S.G. Browne's generally sick sense of humor and satirical look at society and this did not disappoint. The commentary on society's use of pills to treat everything and then all the pills they have to take to counteract the side effects of the pills they are taking is brilliantly done.  

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