AUTHOR: Patrick Ness
TRIGGER WARNING: Sexual advances by an adult, religious family, parents against their son being gay.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: WalkerBooks Australia sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
FAVORITE QUOTE: “They’re your parents. They’re meant to love you because. Never in spite.”
Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…
Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.
Release is a novel that follows two stories that intertwine at the end. A young boy living in a strict evangelical family tries to get over his past boyfriend so he can live his life with his new one, while having a catastrophe of a day. And the queen of the world meets a soul who bleeds longing and pain, and spends the day trying to give her her release.
One major thing to note with this novel is that anything written by Patrick Ness is beautifully written and lyrical in a sense that makes to want to continue to turn the pages as fast as possible to find out what happens next, it’s a talent of his that I haven’t found replicated perfectly in another author.
This is a good story for LGBTQIA+ recommendations though it must be noted that it is NOT own voices. Adam, the main character is Gay and has a boyfriend while his best friend is sexually fluid and has no preference of gender which was very nice to read about as often we only see gay relationships portrayed and of course there is far more in the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.
The plot of this felt like you were reading two different books, but it was never jarring to see Adam fighting with his parents to instantly switch to the Queen trying to find who killed the young girl. It was more of an anticipating point as to when their stories would collide, and collide they did on the last two pages which felt right and honestly awesome. This book ended with such a happy, feel good ending for both the soul and Adam. Both having found their release from what held them down.
Overall I would recommend this to lovers of beautifully written books that deal with LGBTQIA+ issues and has an undercurrent of fantasy.
Until next time,