Devils Within
Devils Within

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Annotation: A refugee from a violent white supremacist upbringing, Nate tries to start over in a new school. He succeeds at first--until an unexpected friendship forces him to face his dark past, and to choose between survival and what is right.
Catalog Number: #158336
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: SkyHorse/Skypony
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 395 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-510-71456-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-0727-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-510-71456-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-0727-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017950091
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
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Seventeen-year-old Nate is born into a life of violence, his father being the leader of a notorious white supremacist compound called The Fort. However, after losing his mother and murdering his father, he is placed into a psychiatric treatment facility until his previously absent uncle is finally tracked down, at which point Nate is moved to a new state, a new school, and a whole new way of life. After meeting Brandon, a young black man in his class, Nate feels as though he is finally able to move away from his shadowy past. When a revealing article shows up in the local paper, though, The Fort tracks him down, catching Brandon and his family in the cross fire. Henson's debut novel is difficult to read in many respects (especially Nate's questioning of his racial prejudices), but its characters are well-rounded, and the overarching narrative successfully brings everything together. This story is a truly revealing and all-too-relevant examination of the psychological underpinnings of a complicated, young former neo-Nazi desperate to change his life for the better.
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William C. Morris Award Finalist
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12
Lexile: HL640L

A 2018 William C. Morris Award Finalist

Killing isn’t supposed to be easy. But it is. It’s the after that’s hard to deal with.

Nate was eight the first time he stabbed someone; he was eleven when he earned his red laces—a prize for spilling blood for “the cause.” And he was fourteen when he murdered his father (and the leader of The Fort, a notorious white supremacist compound) in self-defense, landing in a treatment center while the state searched for his next of kin. Now, in the custody of an uncle he never knew existed, who wants nothing to do with him, Nate just wants to disappear.
Enrolled in a new school under a false name, so no one from The Fort can find him, he struggles to forge a new life, trying to learn how to navigate a world where people of different races interact without enmity. But he can’t stop awful thoughts from popping into his head, or help the way he shivers with a desire to commit violence. He wants to be different—he just doesn’t know where to start.

Then he meets Brandon, a person The Fort conditioned Nate to despise on sight. But Brandon's also the first person to treat him like a human instead of a monster. Brandon could never understand Nate’s dark past, so Nate keeps quiet. And it works for a while. But all too soon, Nate's worlds crash together, and he must decide between his own survival and standing for what’s right, even if it isn’t easy. Even if society will never be able to forgive him for his sins.

Like a teen American History X, S.F. Henson’s Devils Within is gut-wrenching, thought-provoking, no-holds-barred look at the plague of white supremacy in contemporary American culture that may have you examining your own soul.


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