Posted by: Sara Valente23 MAR 2011
If you have ever seen things being advertised on the side of a bus I can almost guarantee that I’ve gone out and bought it, whether it’s a movie, book or new brand of cereal. The latest one to catch my eye was an advert for a new movie called Limitless and I was interested especially because it mentioned something about pills and being a pharmacist at heart, I had to know more. After quick research on my iPhone I found out that, like most good movies, the movie ‘Limitless’ is based on a book so I immediately purchased it.
The book was originally called ‘The Dark Fields’ by Alan Glynn and it is about a man in New York who, like most people, is meandering his way through his career but is held back from really living his life due to being hopelessly lazy. He discovers a drug that makes him ultra proactive and he finds himself achieving all the things he was never able to do before.
To avoid turning this into a book review, the reason why I really enjoyed this book is because it entertains the fantasy of a drug that can cause anyone to reach their fullest potential and isn’t that what we all want? There are already drugs out there that we use to enhance our lives such as caffeine, vitamins, fish oil supplements etc. On the more extreme scope of the spectrum there are abused drugs used to make someone more proactive or stay awake longer to be more productive. However, no drug exists quite like the one made up in the book since there aren’t many drugs designed purposely to improve lifestyle and vanity.
What makes the book so very realistic is that this pill is something we all look for, a ‘wonder drug’ that would just make us stop succumbing to our bad habits like sloth and gluttony. Furthermore, with every drug there are serious side-effects one of which being addiction and it just goes to show that even if there were such things as ‘wonderdrugs’ we could never rely on them forever. So if you want to experience a story about how a drug can build and destroy the lives of its users – with plenty of thrills and fancy settings in New York then this book is highly recommended!