Spokane author Stephanie Oakes' spellbinding third novel, The Meadows, imagines a dystopian future in which queerness is outlawed

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The Meadows releases on Sept. 12.

While living in the U.S. as a queer person today is, thankfully, far from the dystopian world envisioned in Stephanie Oakes’ newest young adult novel, The Meadows, there are some precarious similarities.

Set in a not-too-distant future, climate change has decimated Earth, fracturing society to the extent that the government’s been taken over by an oppressive surveillance state called the Quorum. Citizens’ actions are recorded by “eyes” and “ears,” every past move analyzed and future move predicted

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