Named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists
Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car. She is headed for
the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can't remember
what’s happened, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and Anais
is covered in blood. Raised in foster care from birth and moved through
twenty-three placements before she even turned seven, Anais has been let
down by just about every adult she has ever met. Now a counterculture
outlaw, she knows that she can only rely on herself. And yet despite the
parade of horrors visited upon her early life, she greets the world
with the witty, fierce insight of a survivor.
Anais finds a
sense of belonging among the residents of the Panopticon—they form
intense bonds, and she soon becomes part of an ad-hoc family. Together,
they struggle against the adults that keep them confined. But when she
looks up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais realizes
her fate: She is an anonymous part of an experiment, and she always
was. Now it seems that the experiment is closing in.
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I knew going into this story that it was going to be very raw and harsh.
It is definitely a book that left me with the feeling of being smacked
in the face and punched in the stomach.
Anais is a young orphaned
teen, always looking for her next high to forget the life she is living.
One of these times she is in the wrong place at the wrong time, even
worse she can't remember what happened. Taken into custody and placed in
the Ponopticon Anais is on the borderline of life in and out of jail.
In a place where the people find her a menace to society and herself.
is so much sex, anger, swearing and drugs in this story it really was
an eye opening story. Anais had to grow up fast, mostly on the streets
and the drugs helped her forget. Now that she is facing charges and knowing deep down she couldn't have done anything. She must face her life head on.
Panopticon is somewhere she can go while under investigation. She makes
close friends, and lovers within it's walls. There is still no hiding
from the drugs, or the anger but she is challenged daily to not hide from herself.
am very glad I received a copy of this book for review, it was out of
my comfort zone and I almost gave up on it, but this story is truly
worth the emotions I felt. It was a bit of Trainspotting with a hard
punch of coming of age reality.
I personally would not recommend
this book for ages under 16. I sure didn't like Anais very much, but her
story is very powerful and taught me something about life, reality and love.
I received a free copy for review from Blogging for Books.