Detention Land

Roger is stuck in detention forever and the only way to escape is by uncovering a deep dark secret about himself and the people around him. From drawing his teacher naked on the blackboard to sabotaging the school’s science fair, Roger finds himself spending more time in the school’s detention closet than he does at home. Before he knows it, his once “Ivy League” world becomes relegated to a small dark space, where the only human interaction he has is with the voice of a mysterious woman who talks to him from behind the wall. Steeped in humor and suspense, this psychological thriller takes the reader on a journey through the mind of a disturbed teen genius who struggles to fit in at school and at home. Can Roger escape the shackles of his mind or will the lady behind the wall remain a mystery? This is Detention Land.

Synopsis
Roger is stuck in detention forever and the only way to escape is by uncovering a deep dark secret about himself and the people around him. From drawing his teacher naked on the blackboard to sabotaging the school’s science fair, Roger finds himself spending more time in the school’s detention closet than he does at home. Before he knows it, his once “Ivy League” world becomes relegated to a small dark space, where the only human interaction he has is with the voice of a mysterious woman who talks to him from behind the wall. Steeped in humor and suspense, this psychological thriller takes the reader on a journey through the mind of a disturbed teen genius who struggles to fit in at school and at home. Can Roger escape the shackles of his mind or will the lady behind the wall remain a mystery? This is Detention Land.
An award-winning educator and university prof, Susan writes suspense novels driven by hilarious narrators. Her joy in life is to write books that make people laugh, reminisce, and connect to the memorable main characters. For Susan, books should provide a new world in which readers can escape into. So grab a book and step into her world. You're always invited :)

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Reviewed by Melissa Tanaka for Readers' Favorite

4 Stars

Detention Land by Susan Orion is the story of a thirteen-year-old boy named Roger R. Prism, a genius who constantly finds himself in the Detention Hall — a box-like, windowless closet with nothing but a single hanging light bulb, an old brown recliner, and an intercom through which a nameless woman speaks. He is at the mercy of the unseen woman and her constant probing questions. Roger’s intellect gives him a sense of superiority regarding other people, as he constantly looks down on others or insists that the world is out to get him due to his high intelligence. However, as the story continues, parts of the façade begin to fade and readers are able to see a troubled boy dealing with several complex issues.

Orion shines when it comes to world building, not only creating the desolate atmosphere of the detention box, but also the character of Roger with all his conflicting bouts of self-esteem and lack thereof. Like most teenagers, Roger is infused with a strong sense of self and the belief that his actions and opinions are always in the right, but at the same time he is plagued with a school administration that seems intent on making him suffer. That being said, Orion combines both first and third person point of view through usage of journal entries. Roger is dealing with a lot of things and his simultaneous pessimism in humanity and faith in himself is very interesting to look at. By reading Roger’s own innermost thoughts, readers are able to have a deeper understanding of his character that helps add to the way he is viewed throughout the story. A very enjoyable read.