A pill. One pill, one ability, a superpower of sorts useful or pointless, good or bad (A Bertie Bots every flavoured bean of the designer drug world.) Want one? That will be $1 Million. M is the drug that everyone wants but only the super rich can afford. It isn’t long before M2 reaches the black market, same super power but at a fraction of the price, what could possibly go wrong?
For Griffin, a self proclaimed EmFree, his world comes tumbling down when his girlfriend gains an ability through taking M2 at a new years party. His relationship in tatters he starts to plot his revenge against those who took his girlfriend from him, a small victory becoming a horror story and a spiral of events snowballing into catastrophe.
This is a real heart thumper of a ride, from Griffin’s first successful yet misguided attack through to the terrifying end, this is a book you will not want to put down. Thinking back now there are so many issues woven into this story, some will break your heart and many will have you thinking long after the last page. It’s set in the future, but it’s not so distant that it isn’t out of reach, many of the ideas are within grasp and that’s what makes it all the more exciting and terrifying. The science bit is super sciency and the twists you won’t see coming, so i’ll be quiet about those!
The characters are amazing, Articus Bane is the most charismatic bad guy and Griffin can be kind of annoying as a protagonist, he’s certainly not your typical hero, if you can even call him that at times. There are certainly a number of failing moral compasses going on and the lines are often blurred between doing the right thing and doing what they think is right.
If you want a fast paced, thoughtful, heartbreaking and terrifying read, take a dose of M. 5 amazing stars!