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The Panopticon

Pa`nopti`con ( noun). A circular prison with cells so constructed that the prisoners can be observed at all times. [Greek panoptos 'seen by all'] Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car, headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronicMore Pa`nop´ti`con ( noun). A circular prison with cells so constructed that the prisoners can be observed at all times. [Greek panoptos 'seen by all'] Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car, headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can't remember the events that led her here, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and there is blood on Anais's school uniform. Smart, funny and fierce, Anais is a counter-culture outlaw, a bohemian philosopher in sailor shorts and a pillbox hat. She is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met. The residents of the Panopticon form intense bonds, heightened by their place on the periphery, and Anais finds herself part of an ad hoc family there. Much more suspicious are the social workers, especially Helen, who is about to leave her job for an elephant sanctuary in India but is determined to force Anais to confront the circumstances of her birth before she goes. Looking up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais knows her fate: she is part of an experiment, she always was, it's a given, a liberty - a fact. And the experiment is closing in. In language dazzling, energetic and pure, The Panopticon introduces us to a heartbreaking young heroine and an incredibly assured and outstanding new voice in fiction. Less

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karen rated it really liked it

over 1 year ago

does the word "fuck" make you uncomfortable? if so, you will not like this book.

this is not a YA novel. i am embarrassed at how long it took me to clock that. pages and pages of densely-crowded and repetitious "fucks" and "cunts" and wanking, prostitution, rapes, drugs, g. Read full review

Navessa rated it it was amazing

over 1 year ago

Tae, cannae, wee, nae, didnae, isnae, gonnae, dinnae, wasnae, umnay, havenae.

Conkers, boak, stouter, choring, witters, womble, wellying, scants.

In case you were wondering, this book is written by a Scottish author. It’s completely un-Americanized. Google is your friend. Read full review

Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it really liked it

almost 3 years ago

If you plan on picking up this book, go ahead and prepare yourself.

When I first started the book it took me over 30% to figure out what the heck was going on. Once I did I kept thinking no way..this can't be right.
Anais is a character I can't decide if I love or hate. Sh. Read full review

Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it it was amazing

almost 3 years ago

Where do I even begin?

I guess I’m just going to get right to brass tacks here. The Panopticon is not an easy book – either to read or to review. It’s a book that I imagine will have an ab. Read full review

Ash Wednesday rated it really liked it

almost 3 years ago

Recommends it for: fans of Trainspotting, Louis CK and funny horrible things

3.5 STARS
I’m just a girl with a shark’s heart.

Ming-fucking-mong.

I don’t necessarily know what that means (can anyone really trust urbandictionary nowadays?) or if I actually understood what Anais was talking about half the time but if there’s one thing I’m certain, my c. Read full review

Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it

over 3 years ago

Anais Hendricks is fifteen years old. That's fifteen years of living in care: foster homes, mostly, and "units" with other teens. In fact, she's been through over fifty "placements" already: twenty-four before she was seven, when she was adopted by a professional prostitu. Read full review

James Barker rated it really liked it

over 1 year ago

I have a big thing about panopticons. In fact the PhD I am trying to battle through at the moment has more than a nod to them. So I picked up this novel- not ordinarily my sort of thing- out of interest regarding the title and elements of the story. I’m pleased I did. It. Read full review

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rated it it was ok

over 3 years ago

I feel like I need a shower. This book was grim and dirty; reading it was a visceral experience, a rather unpleasant one.

I was all set to like this book. I have a secret fondness for dialects and cussing (really, I do; cussing has its place!). But this book is essentiall. Read full review

Tom rated it it was amazing

about 4 years ago


“The Panopticon” is one of the best-written, saddest, most-moving and triumphant coming-of-age novels I’ve ever read—easily one of the best books of 2013—and I have absolutely no damned idea how to review it.

I love books like that, books that are so original that they de. Read full review

Bonnie rated it really liked it

over 1 year ago

‘The experiment are watching.
You can feel them, ay. In the quiet. In the room. Wherever you are-they’re there. That’s a given. Sometimes they’re right, sometimes a wee bit further away; when I want to hurt myself but I dinnae, I can always feel them then. They want me to.
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