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Surrender Your Sons

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Connor Majors 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 Connors troubles are
Hardcover, US, 392 pages
Expected publication: 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
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read-2020
January 2020

Okay Hunger GAYmes I see you, come thruuu! <3
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9-1-1, whats your emergency?

Hi yes I think I might die if I dont have this book in my possession right now.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya, 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 Author
sarah xoxo
Feb 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to North Star Editions for this ARC

Release Date: 15 September 2020
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
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.
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 couldnt think of reading anything else but this. And wow was I not wrong. I really dont have words to describe what Im feeling right
Esther King
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow. Thats all Ive 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. Dont look away from them. Conversion therapy, suicide, abusive families, coercive relationships, hate crimes...its all covered in this book, and quite frankly, Ive been waiting a long time to see a book that is
Ben Howard
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, arc, read-in-2020
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 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 ...more
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.

Luupi "The Reading Queen"
I had wish for this amazing book on netgalley without expecting anything.


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
Jun 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
A gay YA mystery set on an isolated island? Sign. Me. Up!

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'
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.

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
Feb 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
February 28, 2020: I can't wait to read a daring exposure of pathetic conversion camps! Thank you, North Star Editions at Flux for a digital review copy via Netgalley.
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?!

Jun 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
This sounds badass and I already love it!
linda hole
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must Read book. This book has it all. querness. mystery.murders.and it deals with mental health issues. It deals with coming to terms with what or Who you are. So thank you to netgalley for this e arc in exchange for an honest review
Mar 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
ARC provided by the publisher from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Kathy - Books & Munches
Mar 18, 2020 marked it as earcs-tbr
Shelves: arc-s
"Lost" but very, very queer.

That's what the author is promising and I AM HERE FOR IT.

Releasing September 15, 2020 - ON MY BIRTHDAY MIND YOU.
Cannot waitttttt.
Mary Ann Marlowe
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
When I first heard the premise for this book, I needed it immediately. Alas, I had to wait and beg and wait and beg, but eventually I was lucky enough to get to read an early copy of this book. And right from the get-go, I was hooked on the gorgeous, fun, lively voice. The characters and plot did not disappoint either, and I cannot wait to get a physical copy of this in my hands.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of reading early drafts of this book and it is phenomenal! Adam Sass is a skilled writer that pours his heart into his material. Highly recommended.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

TW: suicide, death, murder, conversion therapy, torture, hate crime, abuse (physicological and physical), homophobia.

I'll never thank enough the publisher for granting me this wish.
Surrender your sons is part thriller, part mystery, part coming of age, and it's the story of Connor, a gay seventeen years old, who, because of his religious zealot mother and their reverend, is kidnapped and brought to a conversion therapy camp on
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. Ill have to think about it for a while longerand 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 its solved, the writing is amazing and the story overall is so incredibly important. But at the same time this is such a
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
TW: Conversion Therapy, Homophobia, Suicide, Mentions of Self Harm, Hate Crime

Huge Thanks to Netgalley and Flux Books for my early e-ARC!

Wow, just wow. Finishing this book felt like releasing a long-held breath! Adam Sass has managed to craft a harrowing story filled to the brim with suspense, emotion, and tongue-in-cheek dialogue!
It has relatable characters with very real stories, and you cannot help but grow attached to them as the story unfolds! A mystery filled, suspenseful plot that just
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
To the surrendered: find each other, and survive together.

Thank you North Star Editions at Flux & Netgalley for granting my wish to read a copy of this arc!

Connor Major is gay. However coming out was not a tender moment of acceptance with his Mother. Instead - he is taken in the middle of the night to a dark place built on secrets.

Adam Sass prepares of for what is to come by saying this,"Youll find scary things in this book, but just like in life, when the trouble hits, youll also find
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