The Panopticon


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Fifteen-year old Anais Hendricks is smart, funny and fierce, but she is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met. Sitting in the back of a police car, she finds herself headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders where the social workers are as suspicious as its residents. But Anais can’t remember the events that have led her there, or why she has blood on her school uniform…


I’m so torn about this book. I loved some parts of it and couldn’t get on with other parts. I think if I had to sum up my thoughts on this book quickly, I would say it’s an easy to read book, but not as brilliant as I’d hoped given the synopsis. Perhaps I had over-hyped it in my mind before setting down to read it. I did like reading it, but I wasn’t as gripped as I expected to be.

The Panopticon has a protagonist that is young, but this certainly isn’t a read for that age range. It’s full of strong, frequent bad language and it’s incredibly hard hitting and heart breaking. It’s fascinating though. It’s a book you just have to keep reading to know what’s going to happen!

The Panopticon is written in very thick Scottish dialect. This didn’t affect me much as my parents are Scottish, so I was used to some of the words used. I understand though that other readers have struggled with this. If you can push through this and be prepared for a very grim plot then I think you can appreciate The Panopticon for what it is, a highly original but bleak read.

Would I recommend it?:
It wasn’t for me!- I wasn’t as gripped as I’d hoped.

Reading next:
Angelfall- Susan Ee.


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