The Outrage
William Hussey

Welcome to England, where the Protectorate enforces the Public Good. Here, there are rules for everything - what to eat, what to wear, what to do, what to say, what to read, what to think, who to obey, who to hate, who to love. Your safety is assured, so long as you follow the rules.

Gabriel is a natural born rule-breaker. And his biggest crime of all? Being gay.

Gabriel knows his sexuality must be kept secret from all but his closest friends, not only to protect himself, but to protect his boyfriend. Because Eric isn't just the boy who has stolen Gabriel's heart. He's the son of the chief inspector at Degenerate Investigations ­­­- the man who poses the single biggest threat to Gabriel's life.

And the Protectorate are experts at exposing secrets.

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I have really enjoyed The Outrage because I love the style it is written in, how the characters are slowly revealed and how engaging it is. I'm dying to know what happens next. I love the whole idea of the group of children rebelling against people in power.

I enjoyed The Outrage. I hadn’t thought of the parallels to the Holocaust at first. I thought it also had parallels to 1984 by George Orwell. The main characters in both are couples who are being persecuted for rebelling, the controlling government has a personified form (the Lord Protector in the Outrage, and Big Brother in 1984) and there are interesting themes of the role of women in society (for example, Juniper having short hair and therefore not conforming in Chapter 1 of the Outrage could be seen as reflecting Julia’s rebellion in wearing make-up and a dress when with Winston). I don’t know if you’ve read 1984, and if you haven’t that probably makes very little sense.

I have finished the book and really enjoyed it - it’s my favourite so far! I gave it a 9/10 rating. I just couldn’t stop reading it and it was very cathartic when I finished.

This book made me cry.

I loved the characters in The Outrage, it was an emotional rollercoaster following them through the story!