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The Subjects - Sarah Hopkins

Paperback Published: 4th June 2019
ISBN: 9781925773781
Number Of Pages: 288

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As we got closer I could see behind the sandstone a curved concrete building: a purpose-built structure. But still no fence, no wire. Not a bar in sight. For this, I’d been told that morning, I should be grateful. This was a ‘lifeline…a last chance’. That is what the judge said.

Daniel is a sixteen-year-old drug dealer and he’s going to jail.

Then, suddenly, he’s not.

A courtroom intervention. A long car ride to a big country house. Other ‘gifted delinquents’: the elusive, devastating Rachel, and Alex, so tightly wound he seems about to shatter.

So where are they? It’s not a school, despite the ‘lessons’ with the headsets and changing images. It’s not a psych unit—not if the absence of medication means anything. It’s not a jail, because Daniel’s free to leave. Or that’s what they tell him.

He knows he and the others are part of an experiment.

But he doesn’t know who’s running it or what they’re trying to prove. And he has no idea what they’re doing to him.

About the Author

Sarah Hopkins is the author of three novels including The Crimes of Billy Fish, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She works as a lawyer in Sydney and is married with two children.

Industry Reviews

`This is a layered novel, ambitious in scope, its characters vividly drawn and resisting the cliches of delinquency. Its own narrative offers a masterclass, deftly pacing its reveals and alive to the questions they raise. And it does so with a stubborn optimism at its heart.' * Age *
`Rewarding and surprising.' -- James Bradley * Australian *
`The Subjects is a novel with an agenda, enticing us to engage with what is wrong but also to imagine something better...[T]imely, thought-provoking and inspirational.' * Saturday Paper *
'The story is a slow reveal yet one that keeps the tension at a high pitch and the reader second guessing.' * Herald Sun *
`The Subjects is energetic and compelling from the opening pages. And in Daniel we find a voice that I was worried was disappearing from Australian fiction: unpretentious, smart and lacking in all mawkishness. It's a joy to hear him, and it is a joy to read a book of such complex ideas that is also alert to the art of storytelling.' * Christos Tsiolkas *
`A vivid, human (and humane) novel with an irresistible dark pull. The Subjects explores the utopian madness of social engineering in a similar way to Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things' * Malcolm Knox *
'Raises a lot of issues that are worth reflecting on.' * Mamamia on Speak to Me *
`Its memorable cast of characters, rendered with such energy and compassion...seem to hum with life.' * Big Issue *
`Deliciously clever reading with a dark and urgent pull. Prepare to stay up all night!' * Booktopia *
`A wonderful book... Hopkins is making a really interesting statement about treatment without pharmaceuticals.' * Bookshelf *
'The story of Daniel will get under your skin and stay with you long after it ends.' * Marie Claire *

ISBN: 9781925773781
ISBN-10: 1925773787
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 4th June 2019
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.3  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.4

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