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.
With all the buzz I’d seen about this book on Twitter, I was beyond excited to receive an ARC.
This book isn’t for everyone. It deals with some dark, heavy topics, and parts of it are absolutely gut-wrenching. The slurs and vitriol spat out by some of these characters is horrific and repulsive – and yet some people in the world still feel this way. It’s unfathomable to me.
My heart broke for Connor and his friends and the unimaginable circumstances they were forced into. Despite their grim situations, this group of queer kids stick together and support each other. The heartfelt bonds, friendships, and romantic relationships they form are one of the best parts of the novel, and I wanted to just hug every one of them.
With tension-filled moments and layers upon layers of secrets, this novel is difficult to put down. My only critique would be the time frame. Everything happens on the island in roughly twenty-four hours, and I found that a little tough to swallow. Trust me – a lot happens.
Although some parts are tough to read, Surrender Your Sons is full of heart and hope and one I highly recommend.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.