Book Review: The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan


Whilst this book is considered as YA, it is  far from the usual that we are used to, and it is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.

The plot follows a young girl of fifteen named Anais Hendricks, who has been treading the dark waters of the foster system.

She has been in over fifty homes and is now being transferred to a place called The Panopticon ( a place for young offenders), waiting on trial for putting a member of the police force in coma.

The only problem is that she was so high on the day of the incident that she cannot remember if she committed the crime…

With scenarios similar to Orange is The New Black, this book is shockingly captivating with issues such as sex, rape, drug use, mental illness, crime, prostitution, suicide and basically everything shitty you can think of.

It also gives us peek into real life issues of these young offenders and how they are seen in society, perhaps they are not all delinquents that we define them to be…

The story can be hard to read at times, and some of the terms used in the book is Scottish slang, so Google was my friend here! But all in all I quite enjoyed the book, as it was very different to any other YA I have ever read. If you can handle a bit of controversy, explicit language, and very dark issues then it’s definitely worth a read.

I give it 4.5 out 5 stars.


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