“Detention Land” by Susan Orion can only be described as an unusual read.
The story had potential but it lacked appeal for me, sorry to say. You may enjoy it as I think that we all like different stories for different reasons.
Roger is a 15 year old boy, who appears to be constantly in trouble, which causes him to be placed in endless detentions, where he is in dialogue with an anonymous person via an intercom system.
The story alternates between when he is in detention and him writing in his journal. The impression I received form this story was that Roger was a very troubled youth, both emotionally and psychologically. I think that it showed that he used his imagination to cope with the reality of his troubled life.
It sounded like his parents were possibly neglectful and abusive but this was seemingly downplayed by the anonymous speaker so I was left wondering about this. Was Roger being bullied?
I’m hoping that some of the confusion I felt in reading this book will be clarified in the next book in this series.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.