Surrender Your Sons

A Story of Resistance

Born Perfect is proud to support and partner with Adam Sass on his debut novel, Surrender Your Sons, a riveting thriller that features a young gay man taken against his will to a religious conversion therapy camp on an island. We are finally in a time where queer authors are writing stories for queer audiences. So many of us in the LGBTQ+ community spent decades of our lives searching in vain for relatable queer content, and now it’s here. Surrender Your Sons speaks to our youth in this thrilling, relatable, adventure story.

Connor Major’s summer break is turning into a nightmare.

His SAT scores bombed, the old man he delivered 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.

The Author

Adam SassAdam Sass began writing books in Sharpie on the backs of Starbucks pastry bags. (He’s sorry it distracted him from making your latte.) Raised in an Illinois farm town, his desire for a creative career took him to Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and currently, North Carolina, where he lives with his husband and dachshunds.

When he’s not dropping hot takes on Twitter, Adam is a recurring co-host on the popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast Slayerfest98, alongside such guests as Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Emily Nussbaum, producer Drew Z. Greenberg, and drag sensation Trixie Mattel. His debut YA novel Surrender Your Sons (September 2020) is published by Flux.

What People Are Saying

I cried and laughed and found so many versions of myself in these pages.

Garrard Conley
New York Times best-selling author of Boy Erased

Hard to read story, hard-to-stop-reading writing.

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

An edge-of-your-seat queer adventure story so full of twists and turns that it’s not until we catch our breath that we come to realize the depth of the story we’ve just been told.

Abdi Nazemian
Award-winning author of Like a Love Story and The Authentics

An impressive, dynamic, and riveting debut!

Booklist Reviews Starred Review