Surrender Your Sons

Adam Sass

fiction Contemporary LGBTQIA+ Young Adult
dark emotional hopeful medium-paced

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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 are only beginning. At Nightlight, everyone has something to hide from the campers to the “converted” staff and cagey camp director, and it quickly becomes clear that no one is safe. Connor plans to escape and bring the other kidnapped teens with him. But first, he’s exposing the camp’s horrible truths for what they are— and taking this place down.

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Child abuse (1 reviewer), Death (1 reviewer), Hate crime (1 reviewer), Homophobia (1 reviewer), Kidnapping (1 reviewer), and Religious bigotry (1 reviewer)


Transphobia (2 reviewers), Homophobia (1 reviewer), Infidelity (1 reviewer), Suicide (1 reviewer), and Violence (1 reviewer)


dark 90%
emotional 90%
tense 80%
adventurous 50%
challenging 50%
mysterious 50%
sad 50%
hopeful 40%
inspiring 40%
funny 20%
reflective 10%


fast 60%
medium 40%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 62% | It's complicated: 37%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 12%

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