This is a powerful, clever and all too plausible dystopia with excellent characters and a gripping plot. The scenario of a future England ruled by shadowy, far-right megalomaniac known as the Lord Protector, where homosexuality is illegal, books and films that don't support the government's message have been banned and teenagers are sent to camps to try and suppress their sexualities and rebellious natures is not a new plot scenario but here it's so well done and feels so realistic that it really sets you on edge. But the characters surrounding our hero Gabe, who is compelling himself, are really what makes it - from his loyal band of friends who he shares his illicit film stash with, to his complicated parents who we start to gain one picture of until all of the assumptions we have made about of them are suddenly turned on its head when Gabe realises that they have been part of the resistance movement all along. There's some lovely touches as well, like the gang's obsession with the pop culture they find 'from the past' and how they imagine how life used to be when everyone could be who they wanted to be. The central romance between Gabe and Eric is beautifully handled and it's all seeming so doomed and tragic that the only criticism might be that actually it does seem to have a happy ending after all which seems a bit neat. However this works as both a decent thriller and a book that could also generate plenty of discussion for schools use for KS4/5.