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Surrender Your Sons

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  282 ratings  ·  212 reviews
Connor Major’s summer break is turning into a nightmare.

His SAT scores bombed, the old man he delivers meals to died, and when he came out to his religious zealot mother, she had him kidnapped and shipped off to a secluded island. His final destination: Nightlight Ministries, a conversion therapy camp that will be his new home until he “changes.”

But Connor’s troubles ar
Hardcover, US, 392 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Flux
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Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, to-buy
Conversion Camp Kids Gang Up on their Homophobic Guards - now that is a story I NEED in my life.

Hold my gin, cause I cannot do that while writing this. Also know that I'm slightly buzzed so I do not guarantee that this review will make any sense.

It is no surprise that I have been hyping this book since I first learnt of its existence. That also means my hopes were mile high and my fears of it not being able to deliver had my knees shaking. Luckily, my fears were completely unnecessary because de
sarah xoxo
raw, emotional and deeply relevant, Surrender Your Sons is a book you do not want to miss out on.

scrolling through netgalley one day, I stumbled upon this book and clicked the elusive 'wish for it' button, promptly forgetting about it. Flash forward and 'the publisher has granted your wish' appeared in my inbox. You have no idea about the rush of adrenaline that phrase gives me. I hadn't heard a single person talking about it, which in itself is a travesty. So I decided to go into it blind and
ᴄᴏʟᴇᴛᴛᴇ ♡ (sʜᴇ/ʜᴇʀ)
“9-1-1, what’s your emergency?”

Hi yes I think I might die if I don’t have this book in my possession right now.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, ya, netgalley
“The Publisher has granted your wish” is probably one of the most divine phrases in my literary universe.
Thank you thank you thank you Flux/North Star Editions, and thank you, NetGalley, for the chance to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 3.5 (rounded down) *possibly subject to change (higher)*

**Citizens of Goodreads: Do not let my average rating deter you from checking out this book! I am a bastard that is hard to please, and this one is worth the read.**

In the ‘Aut
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Full review to come
Adam Sass
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
YEEEEES, I'm reviewing my own book!

But just to say thank you to everyone showing all of this love and excitement for it in advance, as well as all my beta readers and CP's who helped whip this into shape before it sold. I've wanted to see an diverse, LGBTQ+ ensemble adventure story for a long time, and SURRENDER YOUR SONS is exactly whaat I grew up wanting to see.

Here's some teaser images, with a lot more to come as the year goes on.
Aiden Thomas
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SURRENDER YOUR SONS is a brutally honest thriller about conversion therapy camps, trauma and what it takes to fight back. This book completely knocked me off my feet. I've been hungry for queer books across genres, and FINALLY I have SYS to fill the queer thriller hole in my heart.

*To be clear, this book is incredibly dark and intense. Some readers who aren't ready for the CW Adam Sass has laid out should probably shy away.*

That being said, Adam Sass is an incredibly talented writer and the last
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
"I wish being gay was more fun. Everyone else looks like they’re having so much fun, but as soon as I enter Queer Land, it’s all danger camps and punishment and being too tightly wound to enjoy the little sex I was getting."

Surrender Your Sons is easily my favorite YA read of 2020. I didn't know what to expect going in, I saw someone on Instagram raving about it and requested it on a whim and I'm very glad that I did. This book made me feel probably every emotion possible, I went from laughing,
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all: I found this book really heavy to read. There were CW's, so I was prepared, but it was hard nevertheless. The author wrote it's a book about what queers "do" with pain and I think that says it all.

"Surrender your sons" is one of the books you should read without knowing too much, which makes it really hard to review. 😂 But let's put it like this: I had so many theories in my head and I really wanted to know what would happen next. The author managed to create tension by only throw
CW: suicide and talk about an attempt, parental and other abuse, punishments, panic attacks. It takes place in a conversion therapy camp, so be prepared for a lot of homophobia.

I stumbled upon this book while browsing on twitter and I thought it was such an intriguing premise. I never expected my Wish for it would be granted on Netgalley but as soon as it was, I couldn’t think of reading anything else but this. And wow was I not wrong. I really don’t have words to describe what I’m feeling righ
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: gay mc, Latino gay li, Muslim side character, trans side character, gay side characters, Black bi side character, lesbian side character, quadraplegic side character

CWs: conversion therapy, murder (presented initially as suicide), homophobic language, internalised homophobia, homophobic violence (including murder), transphobia, homophobic abuse

Galley provided by publisher

I knew Surrender Your Sons wasn’t really going to be my kind of book almost from before I actually started
Esther King
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow. That’s all I’ve got, a hard wow. I can not believe how good this book was, how it went from making me laugh to making me cry to making me feel like I could taste ash in my mouth. It was incredible, and so well written. Just...beyond belief good.

This book is about difficult truths. Don’t look away from them. Conversion therapy, suicide, abusive families, coercive relationships, hate’s all covered in this book, and quite frankly, I’ve been waiting a long time to see a book that i
ARC provided by the publisher from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"The fog feels like amnesia, or a dream—a secret I'm trying to tell myself. My brain knows what it is, but it can only tell me in riddles? What is this secret?"

"It's not about about queer pain. It's about what queers do with pain.

5 stars. Y’all, Surrender Your Sons is a masterpiece and I can’t wait for everyone to be able to read it. I just want to reiterate: it is such a privilege that I was able to read this ear
Ludwig Reads
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“My brain can’t comprehend spending the rest of the day on this island, much less a week, three months, or however long...I’m also in a bit of a hurry because, apparently, there’s a gay-bashing maniac on the loose.”

Whew. I haven’t read anything this exhilarating in a long time! This LGBT+ YA suspense thriller about a group of teens who are abducted and sent to an evil conversion therapy island is not only addictive, twisty and suspenseful as heck! This story is also representing a vibrant and st
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Arc from NetGalley*

This book blew me away and it broke me. My heart? In pieces, barely held together. I won't say anything, I won't spoil. I'm heartbroken by this book. Broken. Still super shaken. Unputdownable, heavy, raw, real, painful, hopeful. I'm full of emotions, I can't seem to think straight (pun 100% intended). This book needs to be read, shared and loved. You need this in your life. Trust me on that. It'll frustrate you, anger you, to no end! But it'll also give you so much hope.

The w
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtqiap-reads
Insert that "fuck this shit I'm out" meme here but picture me as the dancing stick figure

Honestly, this book will appeal to a lot of people and I can see this easily being turned into a movie but for me there's a fine line between showing queer pain and exploiting it and this story just...was more of the latter for me.

Also, be safe and look up the trigger warnings for this before diving in. "Depictions of queer pain" as it says does not encompass all the gruesome things in this so be warned 🧡
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
I had wish for this amazing book on netgalley without expecting anything….


Hannah (Ink & Myths)
I have a lot of difficult feelings surrounding Surrender Your Sons and that makes it impossible to decide on a rating just yet. I’ll have to think about it for a while longer—and I know that this book is going to stay with me a long, long time.

What I can say is this: Surrender Your Sons is gripping from the start and features a mystery that will keep you captivated until it’s solved, the writing is amazing and the story overall is so incredibly important. But at the same time this is such a hea
Wesley Pasheco
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to thank Netgaley and the publisher for Arc. Spending these last few days in Connor's company was not easy, a boy who recently came out to his mother who insists on saying that the pregnancy of his best friend is his fault, giving everything a blessing to God being in a city that is totally Christian and who lives at the mercy of a mysterious Reverend who is loved by everyone. Adam Sass's writing is very good and contagious, creating in some moments an aura of suspense in history that you ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. I was thrilled to be granted this one from Netgalley off my wishlist. I had been hearing about this book for some time. The story caught and held my attention the premise was interesting. Connor Major a teenager who came out before he was ready, his family not happy about it. Connor is a fantastic MC, he is so direct, he nails the discomforts and insecurities of being a teen, falling for someone and sexually. The writing from his POV incredible, his candor and wit spot on. Connor is t ...more
Ben Howard
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2020, arc
It was so kind of you to visit me in my loneliness

This book made me angry. Angry that conversion therapy still exists and is still legal in a lot of places. Angry that there are so many evil people in the world, that would gladly cause pain and suffering just because of peoples sexual orientation and gender.

Surrender Your Sons follows Connor who has been forced into a conversion camp, a secluded island off the coast of Costa Rica, by his mother and their Reverend. Run by radical christians,
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I finished this moving, terrifying, quirky, heart-breaking novel by Adam Sass a week ago, but needed to get my head around what I'd read before writing my review. It really wasn't an easy read for so many reasons. But so worth it.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my eARC of Surrender Your Sons, I loved the cover art, and then the blurb just sucked me in.

Honestly, I actually can't believe that these 'conversion camps' are still happening and the whole premise was a complete eye-opener
Rebecca Crunden
Feb 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbt-fiction
I just found out about this book and I MUST HAVE IT.

Gay MC exposing a conversion therapy camp and plotting to tear it all down?!


Surrender Your Sons was a completely messed up book. Just wow. I had no idea what I was walking into but I also couldn't look away from it either. Oh lord, this book was so sad that I felt my heart strings being pulled and twisted throughout the entire book.

First off, no idea if these places actually exist to this day, but shame on parents who do this. I don't know how many times I wished I could reach into a book just to knock some sense into a person. Especially when it came to Connors' m
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so sad, but the spark of hope helped me get through. People can be prejudiced and terrible and the thought of those kids being sent to conversion therapy by their own parents breaks my heart. The really awful thing is that this still happens in today's world, even in America. The author did a good job of showing, in his words "different kinds of queer pain." The ways people process abuse and how difficult it is to stay true to yourself when you're being beaten down day after day.

The pl
Kimba Tichenor
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Part thriller and part coming-out story, this YA novel defies easy categorization. But what cannot be denied is that Adam Sass has written a page turner that captures with humor and sensitivity the hopes, trauma and angst of being young and queer in the United States today. At the same time, it will have you on the edge of your seat, as its unlikely ban of heroes and heroines does battle at a conversion camp on a remote island outside the United States. Although the action at times verges on the ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reads-of-2020, arcs
The thriller about queer kiddos breaking out of a conversion camp you didn’t know you needed. Seriously, I’m still shaking.

This was stunning.
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely a 4.5
Okay, so I'm rating this book 2 stars based on my own experience (because that's what I base my ratings on.) I didn't think this was a bad book. But I'm also wishing I hadn't picked this up at all. I think this is mostly a me problem: I don't normally read thrillers, and I don't enjoy reading about extreme violence. I had completely different expectations about what this book was going to be, and that's on me, it's not the book's fault. But it did make this a very heavy, very challenging read. E ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The beginning seemed promising, but alas— The story takes place over 1-2 days, and I don’t know why; it felt so rushed at times, but also it dragged so badly. The only interesting protagonist got killed off for no good reason while being severely underdeveloped (like all the characters); the antagonists were more interesting than the protagonists, and they didn’t impress me too much either. The plot twists honestly felt irrelevant; I didn’t care about the plot beyond the kidnapping and escape as ...more
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