by William Sutcliffe

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LoveReading Expert Review of Concentr8

Set in a near-future version of London, where a drug called Concentr8 has been extensively prescribed to young people diagnosed with ADHD, this is the brilliantly provocative second young adult novel from the bestselling author of Are You Experienced? and New Boy.

Against a backdrop of rioting in the capital, a group of socially disaffected friends, led by angry, charismatic Blaze, pull a knife on a man as he leaves work at the Mayor’s office. While the friends wonder why they’ve taken someone hostage, an ambitious journalist investigates whether the withdrawal of Concentr8 might have triggered the rioting. A political scandal unfolds when it emerges that not everyone was medically assessed before being put on the pacifying drug, suggesting that something far more sinister is going on.

Told through several authentic first person narratives, and interspersed with revealing excerpts from medical reports, sociological texts and tweets, this gripping, politically-charged novel explores the big issue of how young people get lost and failed by society, and why they might turn to criminal and anti-social behaviour. A fast-paced, thought-provoking rollercoaster of a read.

~ Joanne Owen

Joanne Owen

Concentr8 Synopsis

Im London einer nahen Zukunft wird das Medikament Concentr8 an auffallige Jugendliche verteilt, um jedes unerwunschte Verhalten einzudammen. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen und Blaze nehmen es schon, solange sie denken konnen. Sie sind keine richtige Gang, und sie sind auch nicht auf der Suche nach Arger, aber als die Verteilung von Concentr8 auf einmal versiegt und als eines heien Sommertags die Aufstande in der Stadt heftiger ausbrechen als je zuvor, kidnappen sie einen Mann und schleppen ihn in ein Lagerhaus. Im Verlauf der folgenden sechs Tage beginnen sie - beginnen wir - zu verstehen, warum es so kommen musste. Nominiert fr den YA Book Prize und die Carnegie Medal 2016

About This Edition

ISBN: 9783644559912
Publication date: 21st September 2016
Author: William Sutcliffe
Publisher: Rowohlt E-Book
Format: Ebook
Primary Genre Children's & YA Fiction

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Concentr8 Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Lola Bridgeman, age 18 - 'London society breaks down as funding for controversial ADHD controlling drug, Concentra8, is withdrawn. This dystopian-esque novel deals with the consequences.'
  • Hamaira Kauser, age 17 - 'Thought provoking and absolutely amazing. Every teenager and parent should read it.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was a very interesting look into ADHD and the medications of those who were diagnosed with it , although a  fictional story it was interesting to see the history of how the medication came about and how it was decided who was a suitable candidate to take it.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Wow, I really was looking forward to reading this book and didn't disappoint. It’s the most thrilling (as in exciting, not scary) book I’ve read in a long time.'
  • Emma Hughes - 'I was disappointed with this book, which was a shame because it looked interesting.'
  • Delilah Acworth - Concentr8 was an avid amalgamation of youthful naivety and the danger of exploiting youthful naivety. A recommendation for those with the patience for detailed thinking and contemplation.'

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ISBN: 9783644559912
Publication date: 21/09/2016
Format: Ebook

ISBN: 9781408866245
Publication date: 30/06/2016
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408866238
Publication date: 27/08/2015
Format: Hardback

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About William Sutcliffe

William Sutcliffe was born in 1971 in London. He is the author of the novels, New Boy, Are You Experienced? and The Love Hexagon, and has been translated into eleven languages.

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