“It’s kind of you to visit me in my loneliness.”
Thank you to the author, Adam Sass, and the publisher, Flux Books, for sending me a advanced copy!
Synopsis: Connor Majors thought that his summer was going to be boring since his phone was taken away, he can’t see his boyfriend, and the old man he delivers food to died. Lucky for him his mom is sending him away to camp. However, being kidnapped in the middle of the night leaves doubts in Connor’s mind about his mom’s intentions, and when he arrives at Nightlight Ministries, a conversion therapy camp, Connor realizes that he is in more trouble than he thought. With secrets lurking around every corner, Connor and the other campers try to find the truth and escape unscathed.
Review: This is the year of gay thrillers! Before this I read The Bright Lands by John Fram and that blew me away. Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass though is something else. It is intense, funny, and emotionally draining. This one gave me a book hangover! While conversion camps are slowly disappearing, homophobia is not. Adam Sass does the important job of reminding readers that conversion camps do still exist around the world, and the harm that they and homophobia from strangers and family members can cause. At the same time, he shows the importance of finding people who care for you and understand you. Also, I am always here for queer sass which there is plenty of in Surrender Your Sons.
Release date: September 15th 2020
Page count: 392
Genre: Gay Thriller
Audience: Young Adult