This is the second book in the Atonement Camp series and just like the first book it was such a fun, queer and completely unique read! I described the first book, Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes, as “The Da Vinci Code goes queer in a hilarious and thought-provoking story about an ancient artifact that has the power to change the world, a secret organization with connections into the Vatican and a young pastor who is about to question everything he thought he knew” and most of that applies to the sequel as well. Compared to the first book this sequel has even more of mystery, intrigues, spy plots and secret societies à la Dan Brown. It’s so action-filled with riddles and twists that it kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through!
It was so lovely to be back in the queer world of the campers at the atonement camp and meet all the colorful and compassionate characters that stole my heart in the first book again. It was also lovely to see the former closeted and homophobic young pastor Rick Harris now living a full and happy life as gay in the open. He is even dating a 19-year old hunk named Ryan (even though he secretly hopes to rekindle the romantic relationship with his childhood friend Garrett who he reconnected with at the camp). I must say that I didn’t particularly like the way Rick objectified Ryan, nor their age difference, or the fact that he cheated on him as soon as he got any chance and blamed it on insecurity to justify himself. The way Rick changed his heart on who he loved throughout the book made me like him a little less to be honest. But luckily, the other characters grew on me even more this time, when more of their past struggles and the fierce way that they’d tackled them were portrayed. The campers in this book have become one of my absolute favorite found families!
All in all, this was such an easy, entertaining and action-filled read, with both an intriguing mystery plot and an important message about self-acceptance, inclusivity and everyone’s right to love who their heart desires.
Thank you to Pride Book Tours for the free review copy and tour invitation! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
3.5 stars rounding up to 4
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