The story is based in London and centres around six main characters whose lives change forever one day when they make a group decision. Events begin when a riot erupts on the London streets as young people are fed up with the way they are being treated by the Government and the sudden withdrawal of their ADHD medication, Concentr8 including the characters.
Whilst the riots are in full swing, the main characters: Blaze (leader), Troy (Blaze's right hand), Lee (the not-so-bright one), Femi (the sensible one), Karen (Blaze's stunning girlfriend) and Matchstick (Blaze's brother) decide on taking some action of their own which will see them get their "15 minutes of fame" in the media but not for the right reasons! As the drama unfolds, the story continues to go back and forth between each character who explains events as they see it.
I really enjoyed this style of story telling as it gave the reader an opportunity to understand each character on an individual basis and the decisions they make. It also helped to keep the story alive as the dialogue was delivered in a fast pace tone and kept you wanting to find out more about each person's involvement. The conversations were witty, dramatic and emotional and had you feeling a sense of empathy for each of the characters.
The characters end up committing a crime which started out as a "joke" but then they realise just how deep they have really got themselves involved. Everybody has their own opinions but no-one is brave enough to against their leader, Blaze, including Karen even though she and Blaze have a special bond that the others don't have.
Throughout the book, there are real-life quotes and statistical information about ADHD and the effects that the medication, Ritalin has on the young people who have taken them. I felt this was a powerful resource as it helped you to get a true sense of what the characters were feeling and why they were so dis-hearted with the treatment from the Government.
A truly exceptional read and a good recommendation for anyone who lives/know/works with a young person suffering from ADHD!