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Book Review: Followers by Megan Angelo

Sci-fi is never really my jam but I was pretty intrigued by this one and super grateful to HQ Books for my advance copy of this. It is hitting the shelves really soon, so you don’t have long to wait!

Followers by Megan Angelo

Genre: Sci-fi, Fiction

BUG Rating: 3.5/5

Overall: What I loved about this book was the futuristic element that is surprisingly (and worryingly) SO close to how a lot of us live our lives today – driven by social media. It really brings to life the dark reality we are heading towards. The story alternates between around 2015 to 2051 following several main characters. The characters are all well developed and I loved the premise of the storyline, but I did end up a bit confused, hence the loss in stars. BUT- For fans of Black Mirror, you won’t want to miss this one!

Plot:

An electrifying story of two ambitious friends, the dark choices they make and the profound moment that changes the meaning of privacy forever.

Orla Cadden dreams of literary success, but she’s stuck writing about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Orla has no idea how to change her life until her new roommate, Floss―a striving, wannabe A-lister―comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they so desperately crave. But it’s only when Orla and Floss abandon all pretense of ethics that social media responds with the most terrifying feedback of all: overwhelming success.

Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity―twelve million loyal followers―Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything, even horrible things, to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.

Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.

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