Isn’t the cover of this novel just gorgeous? In the novel The Anesthesia Game by Rea Nolan Martin, we are introduced to an interesting group of women. First, there’s Hannah, who is going through a divorce, has an issue with spending money, and can’t seem to get her act together. Her sister Mitsy is going through issues of her own with her health, and also the health of her daughter Sidney. Sidney is unfortunately very ill and at the age of 15, she feels like her life is wasting away. Lastly, we have the character Pandora, who is a psychic that has a real love for all things natural, especially pot.
Seeing as how Sidney has been in and out of hospitals and clinics, going through different procedures for most of her life, she has created a game to play when she goes under, called the anesthesia game. This game is played with the doctors and nurses, she is asked a random question before she goes under, and when she wakes up, she is to give the answer to the question. This makes her feel in control of her body and soul, and keeps her grounded to earth.
When Sidney’s aunt Hannah comes to stay with her and her mom Mitsy, the link between the two sisters, the anesthesia game and Pandora all seem to be too real. With in her mind, she seems to find the link between her disease and he other women in the group. When she reveals the truth behind the game, the women may be able to find the link that binds them all together.
At first, I really did enjoy this book, but I felt like it kept getting more and more strange. And the character Pandora got on my nerves so terribly bad. I did not like her at all, and felt like I skimmed the chapters that she was featured in. I really did enjoy Sidney, she seemed like a sweet girl who got dealt a hard hand in life, but beyond that she was smart and witty. This book was just alright for me, and I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.