Title: The Panopticon
Author: Jenni Fagan
Genre: Dystopian fiction
Source: ARC from the publisher
First line: It’s an unmarked car.
Goodreads blurb: Anais 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’s school uniform 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 counter-culture 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. When she looks up at the watchtower that looms over the residents though, Anais knows her fate: she is an anonymous part of an experiment, and she always was. Now it seems that the experiment is closing in.
When I saw that Michelle at That’s What She Read had reviewed The Panopticon, I was especially interested in what she had to say, as I knew a review copy was on its way to me. After reading her review, I was a bit concerned that it would be too dark and disturbing for me. And I was right.
But, that means I have an ARC copy of The Panopticon to give away to one of you. Leave a comment here before Friday, August 9th, at 11:59 p.m. PST, and I will draw one name and mail my copy to the winner. I can only afford domestic shipping, though, so I’m going to limit this giveaway to US readers only.
Here are a couple more reviews, if you want some more opinions: