Chris is a future American, but in a very different society that is all gay. There are no cross gender couples, you either have two moms, or two dads. Gays are called parallels, and straight couples, who are outlawed, are called perpendiculars. Chris, the son of a religious anglican pastor who is fervent about the immorality of the “evil” perpendiculars, finds out as he brushes past a warm arm that he finally feels romantically inclined. Never before had he felt his heart pound and his mind go to mush as he finds a person he likes. The only problem is, the owner of the arm is a girl, making Chris a perpendicular. The girl, Carmen, daughter of the leader of a society who strikes out against perpendiculars, likes him too, and the two quickly join together. In hopes to unite forever without fear of being persecuted, Chris and Carmen involve themselves with the uprising. But as their plan fails, the two lovers face torture and abuse as their society tries to strip away their identities. Can they make it through?
Out is a thrilling novel that leads the reader through a harrowing, heart-pounding tale. Interesting and mind provoking, I enjoyed this tale; however, I do wish that the author had let us get to know the characters and their lives more before he started chunking conflicts. At the end of the story, I really wasn’t emotionally bound to any of the characters. Frankly, I didn’t care who died or who lived. I enjoyed the book because I chose to. I would recommend this book to any reader who needs a book to read out of boredom, but not a book I would rush to my library to grab.