Precisely by being appalling, The Silence of the Girls serves as a jarring, shocking and necessary reminder that no amount of glamorising negates an awful reality.
If only Penelope could have been more than what they made her.
Ironically, the most compelling characters in The Children of Jocasta come to be Creon and Antigone. Even in a book whose main purpose is to breathe life into two typically sidelined characters, the original stars manage to steal the show.
It's very surreal, somewhat subdued, more memorable for its atmosphere than its plot. In short, there really is nothing like it that I've come across in YA literature. It's that unique.