The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

Anais has never known a family, having spent her entire life in the foster system, and now it seems she’ll be trading the small bit of freedom she still has for a jail sentence.

The Panopticon‘s marketing copy would have you believe that it’s another dystopian YA story. If you write it off because you’re weary of the genre, then you’ll be missing out. Anais is one of the most alive characters I’ve ever experienced in a book. For all her vulgarity and violence, I was thoroughly on her side even when I thought she was wrong. The writing is poetic and really made me stop and savor all the insightful, perceptive descriptions and moments. This book is not for the faint of heart but it’s more than worth it.

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