By James Hunt

Each decade has its model of the lifestyle. The 50s had the beatniks with their stressed Benzedrine wanderings, the 60s had the hippies with their LSD-inspired politics, the 70s and 80s led into the cocaine riddled noses of punks and hair steel, and the 90s destroyed lives with heroin and prescription drug dependancy - yet consistently there has been the assumption of taking pictures moments of serious depravity in writing. The counterculture of the 2000s grabs a bottle of cough syrup off the shelf and says, "Eh, fuck it..."

Based at the author's actual event, RoboChildren files that mentality like not anything sooner than it. What model of mayhem sits on your medication cupboard? at the floor, RoboChildren is a narrative of a gaggle of young ones abusing medications - rather DXM, the energetic factor in daily cough syrups - to fulfill adolescent angst and the necessity to insurgent. yet beneath, it really is an ode to the existential struggles of present day early life, who're turning to extra risky behaviors in an try to outline themselves in a merciless universe. The narrator, James, is a clumsy and indignant person, who sees the whole international via morbid and paranoid eyes, even perceiving his pals as enemies. the line of heavy drug abuse drives James and his off-beat workforce of misfit acquaintances to throw warning out the window as they velocity from one act of reckless abandon to the subsequent, wasting contact with truth alongside the best way. James' brain is being break up in - one part, a promising younger grownup desiring to succeed in nice heights, the opposite, a drug addled outcast bent on destruction.

Along the way in which we meet James' associates, Zach, a hopeless thrill junky; Phil, a sociopathic addict of the main perverse style; Gary, a risky madman with nihilistic traits; and Daniel, the self-proclaimed religious mentor to the group. jointly, they shape the RoboChildren, believing they've got actually discovered the reply to lifestyles, and taking each probability to acquire it.

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I assumed you simply stated you need to style the ache. [james stabs editor to demise and he and Phil devour physique over a interval of 2 months] because the dating among myself and Kristal deteriorated and my brain did a similar, i used to be pressured to stand the tough truth: medicinal drugs weren't saving us. i used to be getting additional clear of the reply. yet I knew it used to be available in the market someplace. possibly in university. might be simply at the highway. A cliché challenge with cliché ideas, every one extra miserable than the final. regardless of the case, i wanted to get out of Ohio. truth used to be turning into an excessive amount of for the RoboChildren. We have been splintering into maddness, we have been now not having enjoyable. there has been a ailing desperation in we all. A starvation for demise. The others sought after blood. I simply sought after out of my head. i used to be trapped. ultimate bankruptcy Run I aroused from sleep someday within the month of November in Phil’s mother’s condominium in a room that consisted of 2 mattresses and a really small tv repeating a similar 4 episodes of condo eternally. there have been phrases carved into the wall above my head, “DIE FUCKERS,” with a ruggedness emphasizing an emotion i may suppose to the middle of me. somebody had made a pathetic try to cover the tense message through filling it with an off-color plaster. was once I demise? I had felt lows sooner than, yet this was once past any of the bleak depressions I had undergone long ago. My self-absorbed options of loss and wasted time looped inside of my cranium – pulsating like a melanoma. I had develop into a solipsistic fly at the wall of my very own existence. A deranged, nihilistic insect bent on destroying every thing. I misplaced the woman I had firstly sunk into insanity for – I drove her away, looking the satan inside of me as an alternative – I misplaced my sanity which was once slightly existent to start with, I had no notion what used to be happening within the actual global and worst of all I had no goal. I had simply woken up from a yearlong dream, or coma particularly. to discover myself with no an individual who really cared approximately me, nor did I care approximately a person else. Phil used to be mendacity at the bed subsequent to mine, staring mindlessly on the tv. I stood up and stated, “I’m performed. ” “Yeah? ” “Yes. ” “What does that suggest precisely? ” “I’m leaving… I’m going domestic… Colorado. ” “Why? ” “Because, I fucking hate this position and everybody who lives the following. ” “Yeah? ” “Yes. I’m going to varsity, and I’m going to make anything of myself, Phil. Can’t you already know that? ” “Nope. Waste of time… we’re lifeless and that’s the way it will continuously be…” “I fucking refuse to think that shit! ” I grew to become and walked out the door. I threw all my assets into my motor vehicle, crammed the tank, and took off down the most street of my city for the final time. I watched the generic streets start to fade into the gap at the back of me, and the recent street of the west mendacity prior to me. This used to be it, this used to be the frontier I were looking for forever, why didn’t I determine this out earlier than? Why was once I so dumb to imagine there has been any probability of good fortune for the RoboChildren in a very conservative and closed-minded position like Ohio?

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