The Followers, Hardback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


'A restrained tour-de-force, profoundly unsettling, brilliantly executed, and deeply humane ...remarkable' Emily St.

John Mandel, author of Station Eleven Judith has been visiting her mother, Stephanie, in prison once a month for the last eight years.

Nearly a hundred stilted half hours - hundreds of failed conversations, hundreds of topics avoided.

Neither of them can bring themselves to talk about what brought them here - or about Nathaniel ...When Stephanie first meets him, she is a struggling single mother and Nathaniel is a charismatic outsider, unlike anyone she's ever known.

In deciding to join the small religious cult he has founded high on the moors, Stephanie thinks she is doing the best for her daughter: a new home, a new life, a new purpose. Judith has never trusted Nathaniel, but even she can't foresee the terrible things that lie ahead.

From the moment they arrive, the delicate dynamic of Nathaniel's followers is disturbed.

Judith's restlessness and questions unsettle the children who've never known life outside the cult - all except loyal Moses, who will do anything to be her friend. Meanwhile, as Stephanie slowly surrenders herself to Nathaniel's will, tensions deepen, faith and doubt collide, and a horrifying act of violence changes everything.

In the shattering aftermath, no one seems safe, and for Judith and Moses the biggest leap of faith is still to come ...Powerful, gripping, and impossible to forget, Rebecca Wait's The Followers is a novel about love, hope, and identity that asks timely questions.

Are we still responsible for our actions if we remake ourselves in someone else's image? And is there any way back ...?




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I really loved The View on the Way Down so was very keen to get hold of Rebecca Wait's latest book, The Followers, and I enjoyed it very much, although I think it lacked the emotion of the former. In The Followers, Judith is a 12 year old girl who lives with her mother, Stephanie. When Stephanie gets pulled into a cult run by Prophet Nathaniel, Judith obviously goes with her but she is deeply mistrustful of the set up. Her only friend is another 12 year old called Moses, who has never left The Ark, which is the name given for the place where they all live. The whole story leads up to a terrible event for which we know from the very beginning of the book has ended up with Stephanie being in prison.Rebecca Wait is an excellent writer. This book kept my interest all the way through and features an interesting and uncommon storyline. I really liked Judith who was a very plucky character. It's interesting to think about why people end up in cults and what is so special about the person that leads them. The story is a little on the disturbing side at times and I felt myself feeling anxious at the way things were going which is a mark of the quality of the writing.I can't wait for Wait's next book, I think I will like it!

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