Hell Followed with Us

English language

Published Feb. 2, 2023 by Peachtree Publishing Company Inc..

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4 stars (11 reviews)

Prepare to die. His kingdom is near.

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. …

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Review of "Hell Followed With Us"

5 stars

Hell Followed With Us is an amazing book.

As a queer person who grew up in a cult and got to deal with all the shit that came along with that, Hell Followed With Us is like a breath of fresh (or rotten) air; I grew up in hell on earth and this felt like an acknowledgment of all the shit I went through. A nod of solidarity between two suffering souls, a hopeful gaze to the other in the fire. The first chapter brought up memories for me, of freedom, of death, of uncertainty. I've had writing speak to me before, but this is an affirmation of my hellish life, an ode to queer people suffering under the weight of religion everywhere! This book falls into the category of the shit I'm into perfectly: Religion and queer things! The chapters seemed a bit fast-paced, but well-done with rapport throughout. …

the most annoying pacing

3 stars

I loved the unique science-fantasy concept explored in this book. I liked the characters. I liked the (eventual) plot. What drove me batty was the rimming--can I say that here?--of the pacing. Each chapter read like there was going to be a pay-off, a release of fury or emotions, and then nada. Nope. Over and over and over for 400 pages. It made me want to tear my hair out. What's that musical thing that sounds like it's increasing constantly without ever reaching climax? Yeah, that. It kinda ruined the end for me, honestly, because by then I just didn't care and wanted it to be over.

Review of 'Hell Followed with Us' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

All the content notes needed here — the 16yo trans protagonist escapes a Christofascist cult that released a genetically-engineered plague that has killed most of the world and has himself been infected to transform him into a tool of their god’s wrath and deliverance. There is physical and emotional abuse, body-horror, deadnaming, and even shaming about “doing queer wrong”.

But underneath all of this is an entertaining (if horrifying) tale of, as the author puts it “trans kids with claws and fangs, and what happens when they bite back”. I’m not sure I’d want to offer this much body horror and religious trauma as a present to a queer young adult, but I’m sure I’d’ve devoured it as a queer teen myself, so I should prolly just get over myself.

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