In a society where “perpendiculars,” opposite-sex couples, are forbidden, persecuted, freakish…Chris Bryant, a preacher’s son, finds himself in love…with a girl. Chris has always been faithful to his Anglicant religion – even though he’s never felt like everyone else, never felt…parallel. And then it happens: he meets her. Carmen. Daughter of one of the leading Perpendicular prosecutors…the girl he knows he can’t live without.Carmen has always thought the treatment of Perps is barbaric – but to actually be one? To fall in love with Chris and openly admit to it is suicide.Their only chance to be together is the Underground, a secret society Chris’s sister introduces him to that is determined to mount an attack against the social restrictions of the Anglicant church. They want to make an example of Chris and Carmen, two Perps from high social families, to become the catalyst for an uprising that will threaten the traditions of their society’s families and church. But the cost of involvement just might be death for them both.

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  • Science Fiction

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  • 12 and up
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Action packed dystopian adventure that really makes you think-even long after you've put it down
6 years 3 months ago
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Out by Laura Preble is set in an alternate world where love between people of opposite genders – being ‘perpendicular’ – is forbidden, a crime punishable by banishment and torture, or death. The Church of the Anglicant religion rules this alternate society, and the only love sanctioned ‘in the eyes of God’ is that of the ‘parallel’ – between people of the same sex. Chris Bryant has never fitted in, but he could never have imagined himself to be perpendicular until the day he meets Carmen – a girl who sets his pulses racing. His head, and his best friend, Andi, try to convince him otherwise, but he cannot deny what his heart wants. And even though he has been taught since a child that it is completely wrong to be perpendicular, why does it feel so right, like everything in his life until the moment he met Carmen had been a lie? What will Chris do when he meets the Resistance who offer him an opportunity to be with Carmen – to change the way things are – at the risk of exposure and potentially death? ‘Out’ is a deep book that explores problems that are very relevant today, such as the prejudices and mistreatment against minorities, or people who are “different”. It does this through a captivating and original plot, and a character who from the cowardly, naïve boy – as his sister Jana says, a bit slow in the head at times – to the man who learns courage, and gives up everything, for freedom and for love.
6 years 3 weeks ago
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