The Outrage

William Hussey

Age: 14+


The Outrage

Age 14+

In stock

"You know, when you live in a time of progress, it seems that progress is the only possible way. The idea that everything we'd gained, all of those hard-won rights, could be taken away from us, and that open minds could be closed again? But then the Outrage happened."

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.

416 pages
177.8 x 153.3mm
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Publication Date:
May 2021
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William Hussey
William Hussey is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. As a gay man and a visiting author, he has spoken to hundreds of LGBTQ+ students worldwide. Hearing their stories of modern intolerance, prejudice and the tragic consequences this can lead to, inspired him to write his first LGBTQ+ book, Hideous Beauty. Fusing real LGBTQ+ stories with classic genre writing, Will is a dazzling voice in UKYA.

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The Redhill Academy Trust Book Awards 2022


Cheshire Schools' Book Award 2022


Trinity Schools Book Award 2023


Amazing Book Awards 2022

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[A] page-turning read. It's no surprise that Usborne claims that this is The Handmaid's Tale for LGBTQ+ YA.

Books for Keeps

This is a powerful, important book for older readers.

The School Librarian

Disturbing, heartbreaking and terrifyingly believable - this is dystopia at its absolute best... A timely and important novel.

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