Fright Night with Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White

A furious, queer debut novel about embracing the monster within and unleashing its power against your oppressors. Perfect for fans of Gideon the Ninth and Annihilation.

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.13

My thoughts

Holy sugar this is an intense story.

Hell Followed With Us is a futuristic dystopian religious fanatic driven world where no one but the righteous is allowed to live. Andrew Joseph White takes us into a very dark place where judgment is found everywhere even within the walls of safety.

White intermixes religious texts with the story of Benji and his escape from The Angels. Benji’s journey has been extremely difficult as Benji is transgender and gay. Imagine having body dysmorphia after you have been injected with a serum that will change you into a monster against your will. The horror of having no control of your body and your life is amplified in this horrific tale.

Benji thinks he has found a safe haven, for now, but even within the rainbow world there is prejudice and nothing is as it seems. White definitely hits all of the notes of what is happening within our community now in this tale that is supposed to be science fiction, but eerily reflects the chaos going on around us right now.

There is violence, death, friendship, and love. There is a love story mixed in this tale, but don’t expect a happily-ever-after as Hell Followed With Us is not that kind of tale. It is about the truth of rainbow lives (at least how I see it). It is the truth about nonconformity. It is what we are living right now, but set in a futuristic setting where no one has the answers but all we can hope for is to survive the right now. 

Hell Followed With Us is dark, broody, and action-packed. It’s a horror tale set in the future which reflects today. It’s the perfect addition to our Fright Night line up.

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Meet the Author: 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 is a graduate student in George Mason University’s Creative Writing program 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. He can be found at andrewjosephwhite.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @AJWhiteAuthor.4

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Published by: Peachtree Teen, 9781682633243, 7 June 2022

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Narrated by: Shaan Dasani, Graham Halstead, and Avi Roque

Settings: PA, U.S.

Pages: 416

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