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Hell Followed with Us

By Andrew Joseph White
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Publisher Description


A furious, queer debut novel about embracing the monster within and unleashing its power against your oppressors.

"A long, sustained scream to the various strains of anti-transgender legislation multiplying around the world like, well, a virus." —The New York Times

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.
But when cornered by monsters born from the destruction, Benji is rescued by a group of teens from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center, affectionately known as the ALC. The ALC’s leader, Nick, is gorgeous, autistic, and a deadly shot, and he knows Benji’s darkest secret: the cult’s bioweapon is mutating him into a monster deadly enough to wipe humanity from the earth once and for all.    
Still, Nick offers Benji shelter among his ragtag group of queer teens, as long as Benji can control the monster and use its power to defend the ALC. Eager to belong, Benji accepts Nick’s terms…until he discovers the ALC’s mysterious leader has a hidden agenda, and more than a few secrets of his own. Perfect for fans of Gideon the Ninth and Annihilation.

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
A William C. Morris Award Finalist
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A YAVA Award Nominee!
A Booklist Editors' Choice Selection
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
Named to the ALA Rainbow Roundtable's Rainbow Book List

107 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“This has to be the best book I’ve read in quite some time. I did cry quite a lot during this book, which I’m sure wasn’t the intent, but this was a heavy book. 100/10 would recommend if you’re looking for queer representation that isn’t just a straight up romance book (nothing wrong with straight up romance books, I just think that’s where most of the queer representation is coming from).”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to readOriginal writingUnpredictableDark settingComing of ageDark
Anxious Face with sweat“I was very meh about starting this one and just wanted to be apart of a group reading something. By the time I started reading out though, I could barely put it down.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readDark setting
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I absolutely love this book it brings together all my favorite things horror, queer and diverse representation and romance( lightly)”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingAddictiveTwistyDark settingDarkTransphobiaViolence
Loudly Crying Face“3.75/5 I am so disappointed I didnt like this more. The concept seems original and interesting but for me it was hard to get through. I wasnt crazy about the beginning because I had no idea what was going on, which doesnt usually bother me because I figure it out as I read, but I never figured out some pieces. There were just some gaps in the plot for me that I felt needed more explanation. I also didnt really understand the romantic dynamic as they barely had any interactions to develop one.”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingOriginal writingAbuseBigotryHomophobiaTransphobiaViolenceUnsatisfying plot
Anxious Face with sweat“I've never read anything like this. I think this book would have changed the course of my life, had I read it at a younger age. Queer teens need this. Need this anger, this representation. A book of bared teeth and bloodied fists. This is for the youth who keep getting hurt for being who they are, especially those who were abused by religion. This is for those who admire queer creation, and are in awe of the horror scared kids can create.”
Diverse charactersDescriptive writingDark settingDarkThought-provokingHomophobiaTransphobiaViolence

About Andrew Joseph White

Andrew Joseph White is a queer, trans author from Virginia, where he grew up falling in love with monsters and wishing he could be one too. He earned his MFA in creative writing from George Mason University’s Creative Writing program in 2022 and has a habit of cuddling random street cats. Andrew writes about trans kids with claws and fangs, and what happens when they bite back. Find Andrew on Twitter and Instagram @AJWhiteAuthor.

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