A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A brilliant and linguistically daring novel that prods at the notion of free will until it growls back in full frightening force. Alex is a fifteen-year-old who spends his nights attacking, stealing, and doing whatever other form of violence seems possible until he is caught—and after two years in jail with no end in sight, he is offered a chance at “rehabilitation” and takes it. His strange nadsat-slang punctuates the story and adds a level of wrong-footedness that perfectly highlights Alex’s horrifying rehabilitation and the aftermath as he is reacquainted with the world he used to be a (cruel) part of. A jarring novel and a fascinating look at whether goodness counts if it is not a choice.