Devils Within

Devils Within 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 blo

  • Title: Devils Within
  • Author: S.F. Henson
  • ISBN: 9781510714564
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 tKilling 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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    1. S.F. Henson

      S.F Henson was born and raised in the deep south She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science, which she put to great use by attending law school Her law degree has gotten some mileage, though, giving her the experience to write about criminals and other dark, nefarious subjects DEVILS WITHIN Sky Pony Press is her first novel She lives beside a missile test range in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, dog, two oddly named cats, and, of course, the missiles that frequently shake her house.

    151 thoughts on “Devils Within”

    1. Nathaniel Fuller was born into a white supremacist compound in Kentucky. There was no escape for him, his mother, or his best friend Kelsey: if you tried to leave, you were hunted down, brought back, and beaten into submission. Nate’s “freedom” came in the form of a juvenile prison sentence. Then he’s sent to live with an uncle who despises Nate for his past. Nate hates himself, too. Things get even more complicated when the one classmate who’s nice to Nate is a black guy. Nate likes B [...]

    2. I had the pleasure of beta-reading Sarah's debut novel back when it was just a tiny thing, and even though that was a while ago, I'm STILL thinking about it. This book was haunting and real and heartbreaking. It's about trying to move forward when you feel like you can't and being followed by flashbacks and memories. It's about family and what makes a family. It's about Nate, who feels like he shouldn't be able to move forward for the stuff he's dealt with in the past. It's damn good. Why isn't [...]

    3. It’s appropriate that the name S.F. Henson bears a striking resemblance to the name S.E. Hinton. Both names belong to southern women who have an incredible knack for capturing the voices of troubled boys in their stories, and I don’t just read their books, I devour them. It’s been awhile since I read The Outsiders or Rumble Fish, so I can’t explain their power, but I can do my best to explain what makes Devils Within such an incredible debut.The story centers around Nate, who is traumati [...]

    4. In a year with a lot of standout books about violence towards marginalized people, Devils Within tackles hatred in America from a new angle. The novel tells the story of a teenager who escaped a neo-Nazi compound after killing his father (not a spoiler - this has happened at the beginning of the book). Nate is a victim but isn't an innocent; before leaving the group, he took part in a long list of hate crimes. Henson shows Nate trying to make sense of the "regular" world, trying to understand th [...]

    5. Disturbing realistic fiction, all the more haunting because it's based on fact. I never would have read this if it hadn't been selected as a 2018 Morris Award nominee. Exposes racism and hate crime from the point of view of a teenage boy who escaped the white supremacy compound where he had been born and raised, by killing the group's leader - his own father - in self defense. Living in hiding with a new name in a different town with an uncle he never knew he had, he experiences flashbacks, hear [...]

    6. 4.5. Wow. Thank you 2018 Morris Committee for putting this book on my radar. What a powerful, scary, and thought-provoking read. After he escapes life as a neo-Nazi by killing his father, Nathanial is sent to live with his uncle and slowly starts to live a normal life away from hate, hurt, and crime. Not long after, a reporter tricks him into a revealing interview, the skinheads are back and Nate and the people he has grown to understand and befriend are in danger. I highly recommend this book. [...]

    7. Nuanced, poetic, and thoroughly engrossing! My heart ached for Nate, and I cheered as he worked past his demons and came into his own. Not for the weak-stomached, but a very, very worthwhile book in every respect. Can't wait to see what the author writes next.

    8. Nate grew up in The Fort a violent neo Nazi compound lead by his father. When he tries to escape the compound, Nate’s final confrontation with his abusive father ends in his father’s death. After spending time in a mental institution, Nate is released to the custody of an uncle he never knew and tries to overcome his learned prejudices. The first friend he makes at school is Brandon, an affable and popular black student. Nate is worried that his past will come out and that his father’s fol [...]

    9. I loved this book. It tells the story of racism through a different lens. A 16 year old white supremacist is fleeing his violent and abusive past and all that he's known about hating non-whites. He's trying to survive in the present and has no hope of a future. It is about forgiveness, betrayal, survival, abuse, violence, and judging others through our own biases without understanding or wanting to understand the whole story. To me this was powerful. It correlates well with other stores such as [...]

    10. This book was beautiful and disgusting. The story crushed me, and after reading it, i feel sad, hopeful, and emotionally exhausted. The hardest part for me is accepting that this isn’t a fantasy novel, white supremacy and its cult-like brainwashing tactics are very very real.

    11. I've never read a story from the perspective of a Neo-Nazi skinhead before, but boy, am I glad I just did. Henson writes with authority and authenticity from the voice of Nate, a young man raised in an extremist compound in Kentucky but who is trying to outrun and escape not only blood ties, but the blood he is responsible for spilling. How does one reinvent themselves? How do we repair harm caused to others? When, if ever, do we need to come clean about our past? How do we manage anger that is [...]

    12. Devil's Within was an engaging and often all too close to home exploration of racism in the South. Told through the viewpoint of a boy raised in a white supremacist camp understanding and growing out of the views he had been taught. SF Henson takes a very difficult and all too timely issue and handles it perfectly.

    13. SummaryLast year, Nate Fuller murdered his father, the leader of a white supremacist compound called The Fort. Nate has been released from psychiatric care to an uncle whom his deceased mother referred to as “The Traitor.” Nate now has to integrate into a world he’s never known before under an assumed name. However, he still has to work out his demons of the past.AppealTimely, fascinating, and violent: think of American History X in book form. Nate is a character you can’t help but root [...]

    14. I picked up this book because the author's name reminded me of a favorite one from adolescence --- S.E. Hinton. This is a YA book, but boy does it have some disturbing content. It is about a teenage boy, Nate, who was raised in a neo-Nazi environment. When the story opens, we know that Nate has been in a psychiatric hospital for a year and a half after killing his father (who had been the leader of the white supremacist group). He is relocated two states away to live with his maternal uncle (who [...]

    15. Tough read, but so good. Nate manages to escape from the neo-nazi compound in which he was raised from birth, enduring heart-breaking abuse and indoctrination. A terrible altercation leads Nate to murder his father in self-defense. His father was the leader of The Fort, so even though Nate is safely hidden now with his uncle in another state, Nate knows The Fort is hunting him down. While trying to create a new life for himself, Nate learns a great deal about forgiveness, prejudice, and friendsh [...]

    16. This book is an eye-opening look at racism and hate told from the perspective of a teen raised inside a white-supremacist compound. I consider this one of the must-read books of 2017. While it tackles difficult issues, the story is nuanced and compelling as Nate grows to understand how brainwashed he had become while living with his father, the leader of a large hate group. The issues are timely and important, and this is a book everyone should read.

    17. This is a really brilliant, wrenching novel, near impossible to put down. Naturally, it does have a lot of violent and racist content, but all of it treated as negative and not glorified, and all the microaggressions, so far as I can tell, are called out within the text of the book. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who can handle it.

    18. An important story to be told, but the novel itself didn't really work for me. I think its because I couldnt like Nate. His voice just didn't work for me. What did work was listening to the author speak at the Morris Award banquet at ALA Midwinter 2018. What a powerful speech!

    19. I give this book a 4.5 stars.This book was amazing, it deals with real issues, and it really was all around a great book dealing with a horrible subject. I loved reading the character development and seeing his internal affliction I would recommend this book to others to read

    20. teen fiction (white teen escaping neo-nazi compound in the modern-day South)a point of view we don't hear much from; the author has lived in the south and done research, and I thought this was well done. A slower read, because the subject is so weighty.

    21. Whew, Morris committee, this one was a tough read! White supremacists are difficult to read about, and this poor main character grew up in one. I can see high school kids eating this up, especially in rural areas.

    22. I originally purchased this because it was on the Indie Next List. As hate and white supremacist groups still exist, this book really raises and answers questions about the lasting damage that can be done to youth who are born into it.

    23. This is a hard-hitting book which should be required reading for high school students. It's not getting the notice it deserves.

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