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Hell Followed With Us

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I really enjoyed this story. I loved that it started right off in the thick of things and you figure everything out as you go along. I loved all the religious stuff, the angels, the flood, Seraph, all of it. It was great. Oh, and lots of great body horror which is a favorite of mine. I was creeped out by so many scenes it was great.

There is also a lot of great representation and I did like the discussion of various things (obvious parallels to things happening). Yes, if I think about some of the world-building stuff it is a bit thin, but I also didn't really care as I was enjoying where the story was taking me.

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This was not an easy read, but bizarrely not because of the high gore content or because of content listed in trigger warnings. Instead I found my brain sliding over the paragraphs dealing with religious texts, and I’d have to shake myself to re-engage with the story. But apart from that, which was definitely a me problem, this was a brilliant book. The religious elements were terrifying and sadly quite believable in this day and age.
I loved the dark humour, the terror, the gore, the love and just everything else about this book.
A very powerful story.

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Hell Followed With Us is a YA novel set in a dystopian future, where the world is run by a religious cult. Benji is a transgender boy trying his best to escape the cult when he runs into a group of queer teens from the ALC (Acheson LGBTQ+ Center) who offer to take him in. But Benji is harboring a deep secret, the monster that he's slowly turning into.

I really enjoyed Hell Followed With Us, it's unusual to find a book with proper representation, and as a queer teen it was really easy to relate to some of the struggles Benji deals with. This book wasn't what I expected it to be but I had a great time reading it nonetheless and it's definitely a book I will be recommending to my friends, I'd love to check out more Andrew Joseph White books in future!

Huge Thanks to Andrew Joseph White, Daphne Press, and NetGalley for this ARC!!

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This the third book that I have read by Andrew Joseph White, and I am a big fan as of now.
The other reviews explain the plot summary quite well. This is an allegorical novel with a strong concept at its core. It is a high concept novel that tells the story of Benji and his friends in a post-apocalyptic environment run by a religious cult.
The pacing 5/5.
Characterisation 4/5
Writing style 4/5
Plot 3.5/5
Themes and messages 5/5
Allegories 5/5

A great YA read.

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Set in post apocalyptic America, trans boy Benji tries to escape the religious cult that has caused the apocalypse. In the process meeting Nick and his crew, a queer group of survivors who made it through by hunkering down in the LGBTQ+ centre.

This is quite possibly one of my top reads of 2024, as a queer person who grew up religious with a fairly bigoted family I feel like I can relate to Benji and the side characters quite a lot. Andrew Joseph White did a great job capturing what it is like to grow up queer in an unaccepting community and criticising those with harmful extremist religious views that seem to be quite prevalent in the US while also staying respectful of religion in general.

I cannot think of a single flaw with this book, I loved every character and thought they were all very well thought out, my only ask would've been to see more of the side characters. I also loved how much representation was in the book with people from all sorts of backgrounds being fairly prominent characters.

As a horror fan I loved the gore and body horror but didn't think anything about it was so scary that it wouldn't be suitable for older teens.

Thank you to Andrew Joseph White, Daphne Press, and NetGalley for this arc and Happy Pride month!

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The concept behind this book is so so good. I mean, queer kids trying to survive after a religious extremist apocalyptic event? Amazing. However, I do think the final novel didn’t quite read as I expected it to.

It was definitely entertaining, and I really liked Benji as a protagonist. He did become a little one-dimensional at times with his only real thoughts/personality being trans, but that’s also fitting with the themes of the book so I understand it. I thought Nick was great too, and I loved him and his lizards.

There was great representation too, but most of these felt like tokenism, as for example, a disabled character appeared for a single piece of dialogue, and then was promptly never mentioned again. I don’t know if it’s better than nothing or is the bar just really low? I’m not the person to answer that question.

It was gory. The body horror was intense, and the descriptions were so evocative. It’s a YA novel, but definitely aimed more towards the older readers in that bracket because woah, it’s graphic. It really worked for me though! What didn’t work for me was the random bible quotes scattered throughout. I understand that it was to show Benji’s childhood and his unlearning of religious rhetoric, but it really pulled me away from the story.

Overall, I think readers closer to the novel’s target age will enjoy it more than me, because they’re probably more willing to overlook things that I’m not.

Thanks to NetGalley and Daphne Press for giving me the eARC for this!

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Thank you Andrew Joseph White, Daphne Press and Netgalley for the eArc of Hell Followed with Us.

I requested this on recommendation from my daughter who is also a Netgalley user, so I was really excited when I got approved. This dystopian tale follows Benji a transgender teen trying to find his place in the world, After making a run from the Evangelical death cult, Benji falls into a crowd of teens who use a LGBTQ+ who use a community centre. As Benji maybe has a few weeks to live given he became the unexpected and unwilling vessel of the end of times, He starts to truly understand who he is and gets his revenge on those who have hurt him.

I love the dystopian world that Andrew built for this book. It definitely has an end of world feel about the whole thing, wrapped up in elects of religion,LGBTQ community and raw gory horror. Times are changing are they not? These elements flowed together very well, tackling many issues that Queer people endure and the fight they have on their hands to even be acknowledged. In some places, it raised a lot of emotions for me, sadness and complete anger to what Benji's family put him through, especially near the end of the book.

The pacing of this narrative was like walking down a hill. You start off at a great pace, the pull of gravity turning your feet over. Just like the turning of these pages, The pace is medium and just unravels slowly until you're just completely enthralled in this world until you're pretty much running to keep up with the latter end of the book. The pay off at the end is brilliant and I really enjoyed reading until the very end,

This book won't be the only one I pick up of Andrew's. I love his writing style and the way he is able to weave different components together, respectfully and colourfully described.

As a bonus, I also listened to the audio version with Shaan Dasani , Graham Halstead, Avi Roque as narrators. These people are fantastic and bright to life and already fantastic book. Thank you to these too.

5 stars from me

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i really enjoyed the biblical references in the story and the symbolism of the angels. The trans main character representation is awsome

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What a great novel to start of pride month! A dystopian look at religion and the fragile thread it holds with gender identity and sexuality.
I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that not all the characters had to agree on things to be seen as 'good'. We have trans characters who show their identity in different ways, and even if they clash, at the end of the day they can move on and just be themselves.

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Thank you to Andrew Joseph White, Daphne Press, and NetGalley for a galley of this in exchange for an honest review.

Hell Followed With Us is an unusual book. Set against a dystopia of biblical proportions (literally), we follow Benji, a trans teenager, and unwilling vessel of the end times' end game. Having fled the Evangelical death cult he was raised in, Benji falls in with a crowd of young, queer, survivors, and ironically, given that he may now have only weeks to live, finally learns what it means to have something to live for.

Beset by the monstrous remains of zombie-esque plague victims, the cult's 'Angels' AKA death squads, and, perhaps most frighteningly of all, a plethora of cis white men, Benji forges real friendships with his rescuers. But the lure of love is strong, and he must figure out who he is willing to sacrifice, and what for.

This book was both queerer, and more religious than I had initially been expecting. When I read the blurb for this book I expected something that was going to end up more like Charlie Higson's Enemy series - specifically the Angus Dei angle. But I ended up with something that was a little more Evangelical, which given the US setting I should have been expecting. White builds a very plausible world, his blending of religious and environmental extremism with a kind of Evangelically intense white supremacy feels like a possible future, and whilst I would have liked to know more about how the rest of the world has fared (plagues might be global, but evangelicalism is relatively US-centric), he has managed to cram a lot of detail into a relatively short book.

For those worried about the focus on religion, particularly Christianity, particularly conservative Christianity, I, personally, don't think White's representation is 'bad,' or, like, a pointed attack. In my opinion, which is admittedly limited by neither being from the US nor of a Protestant-off-shoot persuasion, White made it very clear that the Angels were an extremist group, a cult, who had co-opted religion, but who had essentially abandoned a lot of the core tenants of the religion. This was obvious to me, as someone from a Catholic background, because the actions of the Angels are in direct opposition to a lot of very important things, e.g., Commandment not to kill. Now, again, I am not from an Evangelical background. I'm Irish Catholic, if we're getting specific, and my experience in religion is vastly different to that even of Catholics within the US, but to me this read as a commentary on the way the far-right, white supremacists, and other extremist groups pick up elements of religion and twist them. This could definitely be viewed, through that lens and given the very close relationship most conservative leaning people in the US have with Christianity, as a commentary on contemporary evangelical practice... but if you read this and thought 'you're attacking my church specifically' I think you should maybe take a step back and ask, "is my church treating others the way we would want to be treated?" If the answers no, then the call is coming from inside the house. White isn't attacking you, you are attacking others. Sit with that, and then do better.

Back to our regularly scheduled book reviewing,

I don't read a lot of horror, so I am appreciative of how the gore was handled in this book. I felt that there were some visceral moments, but for the most part the description was impressionistic, or focused on feeling. That being said, I do wish a little more time had been given to the (SPOILER) final descriptions of Seraph, I struggled to understand what exactly that might look like. My mental image was kind of dragon-y, and I think it should maybe have been more humanoid. All the same, I found the world, and the people within it, fascinating to read about.

All taken together, I really enjoyed this. There was a lot in it that gave me pause, and a lot in it I think could be polarising, but personally I found it very readable. 4 stars.

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3.8 stars
Think Far Cry 5 religious fanaticism meets Last of Us post apocalyptic with a LGBTQ+ added bonus.
The first couple of chapters had me thinking this would be a typical dystopian plot with a trans MMC. Not at all!
We saw Benji being raised in a cult (reminds me of Far Cry 5 PEGgies) and breaking away from the toxic behaviour of a fanatic rhetoric. (Transphobic/homophobic/dead naming etc.) He finds new friends and family who support him through the story.

The latter half describes events with gruesome scenes with religious imagery, which sounds very Old Testament, and disturbing parallels of real world conversion camps and lack of trans rights happening today.
All in all, a great book! I read it because of the cover art, which is fantastic, I've not come across the author before but I'll pick up another by him.
Thank you to NetGalley.co.uk and Daphne Press for the opportunity to read this.

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A brilliant premise with an immediate hook; a trans boy turned bioweapon on the run from the post-apocalyptic cult he was raised in. Will he keep running, or will he turn on them? It is action-packed, gorey horror that is ultimately about the people.

It is a character-driven story, but most of the secondary characters were not developed enough for me to form any attachments. I also wanted more world building and understanding of what was going on in this crazy post-apocalyptic world as a whole.

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I don't read a huge amount of horror, but I was just so taken by the brilliant cover of 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗱 𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗨𝘀 by Andrew Joseph White that I had to give it a try!

A massive thank you to @daphne.press for access to an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Did I completely gross myself out? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Also yes! This book just has so much going for it - a strong, driving plot; sympathetic, multi-dimensional characters; and of course a visceral, unsettling atmosphere.

'Hell Followed With Us' is primarily told from Benji's point of view - a trans man recently escaped from the anti-LGBTQ+ fundamentalist cult that raised him... and infected with a bioweapon intended to finish off the armageddon that cult started.

Eventually he finds his way to the 'ALC', a local LGBTQ+ youth centre that remains a safe-space and community, even after the apocalypse. There he struggles with his own faith and identity, as well as his responsibility to those around him both as an ex-cult member and potential bio-hazard. There are intense shoot-outs. There are battles for survival in an unforgiving dystopia. There are disgusting sentient blobs of reconstituted human tissue.

If you're looking for a subtle message, look elsewhere. But if you're looking for cathartic RAGE, an unflinching look at the worst people can be with only a tiny glimmer of hope for humanity - 'Hell Followed With Us' might be exactly what you're looking for.

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Firstly, I want to thank Daphne Press and Netgalley for sending me this Arc in exchange for an honest review.

*3,25 stars

Hell Followed With Us is a fast-paced young adult book. The story is set in a dystopian world that is gory, and has religious cults and monsters. We follow Benji, a trans teen who escaped the cult that ended the world. He joins the Watch at the LGBTQ+-center and has to decide what to do, before they change into the Seraph.

I think this book had such an interesting concept. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really get into it as much as I hoped too. The book was definitely well written, but I found it hard to follow at some points. The ending also felt a bit flat to be honest.

In short, I can get why other people like this book. It just wasn’t for me.

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Exceptionally gory and brutal, a blood-soaked scream of a book. Post-apocalyptic survival with the clash between violent religious zealots and struggling queer teenagers, pulling no punches in how far anyone will go.

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This post-apocalyptic body horror has challenging themes (and gore!) for a YA but White is a deft hand, weaving in dysphoria, homophobia and religious trauma naturally. This one doesn’t shy away from the dark side of growing up queer but it offers hope too: who else would dare to imagine an apocalypse where a queer youth centre are the survivors?

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I am, once again, astonishing at the capacity this author has to both surprise and traumatize me (in a good way, I love his narration and characters).

It took me a long time to finish this book, and that´s why I give it this score. You see, this is one of those cases where it´s not the author nor the book´s fault; it´s totally on me that I took so long, because horror is not really a genre that I find easy to love.
As a matter of fact, I picked this book because I had read before The spirit bares its teeth (by this same author) and liked. So why not try again?

Well, it was a nice decision, yet... Yet, this book didn´t manage to fully catch my interest. The story is about Benji, who escapes from a sect of Angels (very bad angels) and joins a LGBTQ+ group who wants to fight those angels and destruct the sect. That´s pretty much it.
I think the problem why I wasn´t truly invested in the story is because for me it felt very predictable. Like, you got these two groups opposite each other and Benji is becoming a monster. Okay, then in the end the LGBTQ+ group will win and kill the bad guys. The end.

See what I´m saying?
Yes, there´s a lovely trans, ace and a lot of other rep that is lovely. Like I said, I liked all the characters and the narration. It´s just the plot didn´t click with me.
I´m sure, though, if someone likes YA horror will love this one.

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This was a bloody and brutal dystopian, post-apocalyptic, supernatural, queer, religious horror. It touches on some heavy themes in both the religious space and LGBTIQA+ space (particularly transphobia).

It was well written, but I did find it hard to follow at some points. I think I would have liked to learn more about the before, and I did feel like the ending was cut a bit short. Perhaps there will be another one?

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Queer horror? Queer, religious horror?! This may have been one of my favourite horror books I’ve read. It’s unique, enticing and incredibly well written in representations.

Thank you to Netgalley and Daphne Press for this E-Arc. It was a pleasure & I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy!

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I really enjoyed this dystopian horror, but I would definitely ensure you read the content warnings before going in. There was some incredibly challenging themes, particularly the ongoing religious extremism and transphobia. However, I felt like the author navigated this really well and with care. You could truly feel the rage pouring out of the book. I do wish there we could have learned more about the wider group or even just developed a deeper connection to the other members of the Watch. I did love Benji and Nicks character arcs and the symbolism throughout helped carry the narrative.

I love reading queer centred books and anything with angels always pulls me in. Horror is slightly out of my usual genre but felt like this was an excellent introduction. I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading more of this authors works.

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