There's this memorable scene in Trainspotting
where Ewan McGregor tells you why he does heroin. "Take the best orgasm you've ever had," he explains. "Multiply it by a thousand. Well, it's like that. We're not stupid
you know." This book is similar, though aimed at a younger audience; like Trainspotting
and Infinite Jest
, it adopts the strategy of showing you both why the activity is so destructive and also why it's so enticing.
Max is about six and has become hooked on video games. At home, he does nothing but sit in front of the screen, controller in hand. His social circle no longer contains anyone except fellow game junkies. When he's forced to leave the house on his own, he takes his GameBoy with him and plays while walking. The cover illustration shows how insanely dangerous this is. The rest of this review is in my book What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations