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Surrender Your Sons

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,387 ratings  ·  494 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, 408 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Flux
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Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy, queer
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
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
Claude's Bookzone
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
CW: (view spoiler)

Well that was quite intense and at times upsetting.

It saddens me that some people's love for their children isn't unconditional. However they may try to explain away their attempts to 'fix' their kids as 'acts of love', they will always only ever send one message to their children - you aren't what I wanted or
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.
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Q: “It might be a boot camp. Just a little extra boot—” (c)
Q: Nightlight has no TV, no running water, no basic necessities…but they’ve got body bags. (c)
Q: “‘Telling the truth is addictive once you get the taste for it,’” (c)

A gay kid's mom hands him off to a boot camp. With extra emphasis on boot.

Kidnapping, weird shit happening, thrills of getting out in a super-religious community.

Of course, the kid was not particularly impressive: sexuality
Larry H
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Surrender Your Sons is so powerful, suspenseful, and moving. It is an utterly intense and unforgettable book.

Things have been pretty tough for Connor since he came out to his fervently religious mother. She’s taken away his phone and all his technology, she’s roped him into delivering Meals on Wheels with her church, and she watches him like a hawk, so he can almost never see his boyfriend, Ario.

But as bad as it has been, he cannot believe she paid to have him kidnapped in the middle of the
Colette ♎︎
“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: ya, netgalley, lgbtqia
“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
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
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Full review to come
Wow, I knew from the moment I read the blurb that this book would be something else, and I was right!

Surrender Your Sons is a fantastic debut novel, that speaks to the heard, is eye opening, thought provoking, and timely. The story is dark, raw, and very emotional. But besides all that it’s also unique, incredibly well written, and needs to be read.

Surrender Your Sons is a timeless adventure novel, that is being turned upside down. Religious queer and trans youth are being kidnapped and transpor
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read all year. Boy Erased meets Lost - high emotion & nonstop action. I couldn't stop reading!!! ...more
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,
October 30, 2020: ❊ a gripping thriller that captivates you, a triggering read with the harsh reality of conversion camps, and a narrative voice that amplifies important, devastating, and heartbreaking themes through a great prose. ❊

➼ raw, unfiltered, harsh reality of a conservative parent, religious scrutiny, and the possibility of someone loved sending you miles away to a camp that guarantees to convert queers, is unravelled unflinchingly in this novel—leaving you shaken at times.

➼ a gay teen
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
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
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
 Gabriele | QueerBookdom
ARC provided by North Star Editions via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warnings: death, queerphobia, suicide, violence, cultism.

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass is a gut punch of a book. It evoked quite a few strong sentiments in me: anxiety, sorrow, anger to name a few. It left a sour taste in my mouth. It’s an emotional, challenging book that needs the reader to be ready to take it head on.

Connor is a dynamic narrator, one you get easily attached to. And the rest of the cre
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
Rory Michaelson
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How do you start a review for a book like Surrender Your Sons?

How about this: Surrender Your Sons made me cry so ugly my iPhone didn’t recognise my face after.

I don’t think I have ever read a book that I was so invested in a character so quickly as I was Connor Major. I don’t think I have ever read a first chapter that filled me with hope, sadness, anger and fear all at once. This is Surrender your sons, and you could never.

Surrender Your Sons isn’t just a coming of age YA queer thriller, it is
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 🧡
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
Krystelle Zuanic
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
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Kristel (hungryandhappy)
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
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
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