Noah Nordstrom, whose father is a host of a popular Christian radio show, has been raised to believe that homosexuality is a sin. In his town of Austin, Texas, mysterious killings of gay foster teenagers begin to occur. These killings become classified as hate crimes, and later on, connect to a religious community. Noah becomes concerned about the safety of his new friend, Will, who has no family, is homeless, and gay. After questioning his own perspectives on homosexuality, Noah, realizes that he has to do something to keep his friend safe. Will gets invited to stay at Noah’s house, but when a dinner table conversation about homosexuality starts a bit of an uproar, Will decides to leave. With Will now living on his own, and the killer on the loose, he becomes an easy target.
The Less-Dead has an interesting plot, and well-developed characters. Through the voice of the main character Noah, the reader will soon begin to question their own views of problems stated in this book. Homosexuality and Christian beliefs and just two of the major themes presented in this novel. The reading level, being aimed at teenagers, is perfect for one trying to accept their own identity. This novel also lists Bible passages and resources for the LGBT community. Though having thought-provoking themes in this book, The Less-Dead will be a perfect read for those looking for a well enjoyable story surrounding around conflicts gays face in an evangelical Christian environment.
- Date of Review: 04/28/2010
- Publisher: Delacorte Press
- Publication date: 2010
- Genre: Teen Fiction – Mystery, Christian, Homosexuality, Young Adult