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Hell Followed with Us—A Ferocious Debut Novel from Andrew Joseph White

Andrew Joseph White is many things. A cuddler of street cats. A lover of monsters. And—with the publication of Hell Followed with Us—a young adult author. On June 7, 2022, Peachtree Teen (an imprint of Peachtree Publishing Company) will have the honor of publishing Andrew’s debut, a furious novel about embracing the monster within and unleashing its power against your oppressors.

Hell Followed with Us is an authentic, unapologetic story of trans identity, found family, and finding your place in a world that’s fighting your existence. Heralded by BuzzFeed and Autostraddle as one of the most anticipated books of 2022, this dystopian queer genre-blender will have readers on the edge of their seats. White seamlessly explores extremist ideology, gender identity, and intersectionality with a heavy dose of body horror.

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. When cornered, Benji is rescued by a group of teens from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center, 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.

“I wanted to show queer kids that they can walk through hell and come out alive,” writes Andrew Joseph White in an author’s note. “Maybe not in one piece, maybe forever changed, but alive and worthy of love all the same.”

Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White will hit shelves on June 7, 2022.

Written by Blacktooth

(Staff Writer) Lover of all things horror and metal. Also likes boobs and booze.

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