Pondathon II: New Side Quest! Repotting Plants with Amina

Pondathon II is a year-long gardening-themed readathon hosted by The Quiet Pond! Help us restore the forest by reading to earn plants and decorate your own garden. For more information about Pondathon, read our Readathon Information Post or check out our Pondathon II Portal.

The story:

You’ve been hard at work, putting together and building little insect homes with Varian. With all your little critter friends now given new homes, you wave goodbye to Varian and decide to see how your favourite hedgehog bard is doing!

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Pondathon II: Presenting the Pondathon Garden Showcase!

Pondathon II is a year-long gardening-themed readathon hosted by The Quiet Pond! Help us restore the forest by reading to earn plants and decorate your own garden. For more information about Pondathon, read our Readathon Information Post or check out our Pondathon II Portal.

The story:

There seems to be some pomp and circumstance at the Pond today. A sign welcoming visitors has been erected, flowers of all colours line the pathway, and it looks like the Pond friends seem to be wearing their best!

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Pondathon II: It’s Another Rip in Space-Time! Mysterious Time-Magic & Rewinding to Past Rewards

Pondathon II is a year-long gardening-themed readathon hosted by The Quiet Pond! Help us restore the forest by reading to earn plants and decorate your own garden. For more information about Pondathon, read our Readathon Information Post or check out our Pondathon II Portal.

The story:

You hear that the rip in space-time is back again.

Once more, the Pond friends stand around the mysterious portal. This time, Sprout joins the friends in their examination of the Pond, their eyes closed and the sprout atop their head bouncing as they commune with the forest.

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Pondathon II: New Side Quest! Building Homes for Bugs with Varian

Pondathon II is a year-long gardening-themed readathon hosted by The Quiet Pond! Help us restore the forest by reading to earn plants and decorate your own garden. For more information about Pondathon, read our Readathon Information Post or check out our Pondathon II Portal.

The story:

After planting trees with Sprout, you decide to check in on Varian to see what they are up to.

Standing by the trees, Varian looks a little out of their comfort zone. They are wearing a hard hat, wielding a hammer in one hand and a box of nails in the other – definitely different to their usual needle and thread!

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Book Review: Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White – Critical, Angry, and Teeth-Bared; a Post-Apocalyptic Horror about Religious Trauma and Queer Rage

Hell Followe
Blurb:

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. 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.

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.

I received a digital advanced readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Hell Followed with Us is queer rage incarnate. This post-apocalyptic horror YA delves into religious trauma and queer survival that is all at once terrifying, furious, yet emotional. Set in the distant future, Hell Followed with Us follows trans boy Benji as he escapes the fundamentalist cult that raised him and destroyed the world and its population. After he is rescued by a group of queer teens who have made a home in the local LGBTQ+ Centre, Benji must keep his terrible secret: that the cult has infected him with a bioweapon that is mutating him into a monster powerful enough to destroy the world once and for all.

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