Release is about a boy called Adam Thorn who is a gay teenager but struggles to find himself as his parents are strong Christians. But will his parents let go of the fact that Adam is not an ordinary Christian kid?!
When Adam starts his day he knew it was going to bad but not even Adam knew it would get as bad as it did. To start the day off he had been invited to his ex-boyfriend’s leaving party and was contemplating whether to go as he had heard rumours that he now had a GIRLFRIEND!!…… (But he’s with Linus now; he’s over Enso isn’t he?) As this day goes from bad to worse he then finds out that his big brother got a girl pregnant and he only knows her from Christian summer camp! Things start to go from bad to worse. As it becomes the worst day of his life, Adam is stuck thinking what else could go wrong – well did he know that there was a lot more to come! His lifelong friend Angela is leaving the city (who will he have now who actually understands him when she’s gone?) Will Adam survive until sunset?
The other part to Release is the dialogue of a girl called Katie who is dead and thirsty for revenge. As she becomes queen to her fantasy faun, she embarks on a mission to release herself from the past but will she ever be freed from the troubles of her past? As she starts her mission to find the person to release her see goes from place to place to help her remember why she is here and why she died.
However, the more she visits the places that were once home and the people that were once in her life she starts to remember that she was not always welcome in this world and that maybe she didn’t make the best choices in her life (when she was alive!). Then she comes to the final person, her killer, her lover, her boyfriend. He starts crying but nothing is happening. Why am I not being released from this world? But if it isn’t him who will release me who will?
I really like Release as Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors and I really like the way he wrote Release it is really interesting to have the dialogue from Katie and the story from Adam. I have to say I preferred the story of Adam’s journey being a gay teenager living in a Christian world. You only really understand Katie’s dialogue half way the book. Overall, I found the book really easy and interesting to read, I would give this book 4 and a half stars.