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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  13,791 ratings  ·  2,155 reviews
An electrifying story of two ambitious friends, the dark choices they make and the stunning moment that changes the world as we know it forever

Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss ― a striving wannabe A-lister ― who comes up with a plan for launching them both
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Graydon House (first published January 9th 2020)
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chai ♡
Jan 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
What I should be doing: homework

What I wish I was doing: reading a book

What I am doing: scrolling through goodreads to find more books to read
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”Sensational, futuristic, smart, entertaining, twisty, mind-bending and surprising ARC reading!” I’m about to slap myself because I waited at least three month to start this book and I let it drown at the bottom part of my growing NetGalley pile. I think one day, they will send me glasses for my red rimmed eyes instead of future releasing yummy books all set to be devoured with two bites!

So welcome to the social media madness. Everybody’s lives depend on the likes and visual encouraging comments
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first chapter, this book had me straightjacketed. It snatched me up and held me rapt until the last word.

It's just, ugh, there is no word. Oh wait, I got it...

*using bad Danny Zuko/John Travolta impression* *slinks away in shame*

☆ Megan Angelo's writing is top notch.

She has flawlessly woven a complex, multilayered and intelligent tale of the current state of social media and the dramatic effects it has on society some thirty years in the future.

☆ Angelo offers up a m
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Followers by Megan Angelo is a 2020 Graydon House publication.

Dark, clever, and contemplative -

This is the second book I’ve read recently that had a science fiction element. For the record, it’s not the outer space type of sci-fi. It has a dystopian flavor to it- so basically, what qualifies it for the sci-fi category is the futuristic setting. For me this is a big change of pace since I normally prefer historical fiction. As before, I went in blind, thinking this book was more of a current da
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars.

Timely. Thought-provoking. Relevant.

How many social media accounts do you have? How many online sites do you trust? How much of your personal information is online waiting to fall into the wrong hands? Scary questions, right? This book will make you rethink your online presence told through a fictional story of two friends who find themselves at the height of online stardom.

This was one big step outside my comfort zone. I don’t usually read books set in future times, but this one wo
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Followers is a timely debut novel about the power of social media, the internet, and technology. It demonstrates the effect it has on our relationships and the damage that can be caused because of its influence. Have our friendships and family dynamics changed because of the prominence of social media? How has the internet changed us? What is the purpose of social media, and who is accountable for what is promoted on our pages/feeds: society or individuals? In Followers, a dystopian atmosphere i ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absorbing, futuristic, & relevant!

FOLLOWERS by MEGAN ANGELO is a fabulous, timely, smart, and electrifying tale that was quite the entertaining and captivating read. Once I started reading it I was absolutely hooked and so intrigued in the futuristic aspect of this storyline and the dystopian atmosphere that I was flipping those pages as fast as I possibly could.

MEGAN ANGELO delivers an original, intelligent, creative, intense, and well-written read here that is told in two timelines and altern
talon smith
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Now that I have had a day to think about this one, I have decided that I did not love Followers nor did I hate it. In fact-- I really loved the premise of the story itself. It's what encouraged me to read the book in the first place (as well as the cover). When it was all said and done, I felt like what I had read was two episodes of Black Mirror crammed into one book. The mediocre ones.

Followers was lengthy and wordy. There. I said it. It was. I think the words in this one took over and at some
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars

Social media and our future with it terrifies me! Megan Angelo has created a scary social media future here and has given us some things to think about. She challenges some dark realities with our need to be seen, how dependent people are on followers, following and liking on social media and how that affects the vulnerabilities of everyone involved. She shows us a bleak reality of social domination that left me wondering if it could happen.

The story is told in two timelines, where we s
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I have other ARCs that I should have been reading before this one (deadlines, yo), but after reading a few pages of this book to "sample," I ended up not being able to put it down. I picked up FOLLOWERS because it sounded a little like Dave Eggers' THE CIRCLE, only without the terrible sex scenes and unrealistic protagonist that made THE CIRCLE seem like a social media version of RED SPARROW (i.e. exploitative and bad).

Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Followers is a dual timeline story about the obsession and dangers of social media — Never being “off” or away or checked out has its price.

Orla moves to NYC and dreams of being a successful writer. In 2015, she meets Floss, who dreams of being a star. Together they hatch a plan launching them into the world of fame, though things aren’t always as they seem.

In 2051, Marlow is constantly on camera in the world she lives in, Constellation. The network decides her storyline and she rarely has a m
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kirkus
Shelves: 2020
Kirkus definitely oversold this book to me with its glowing review and promises of great speculative fiction. This is, instead, a fast moving, easily readable women's fiction with some poorly developed and underthought elements of spec fic. It's the kind of light genre fiction that writers like Ruth Ware and Taylor Jenkins Reid produce. Easy to read, but never digs deep enough to have an emotional or intellectual impact.

But I did like half of Followers. The half set in present time, where two yo
If you told me that Followers would be the debut novel of Megan Angelo, I would've told you that you were lying. I actually had to double check Ms. Angelo's Goodreads profile because I actually didn't believe it for a second. Followers showcases the dark reality of society's addiction to technology, instant gratification through social media, and the world of the celebrity. As it alternates between 2015-16 and 2051, it shows the vast differences between society's role in the aforemention ...more
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the age of social media, how do we define our worth? I’ll admit as a blogger, I’ve had my fair share of moments where I compare my following, popularity, likes, shares, and other metrics to others. This is the time that we live in, where many of us feel that some of our value is related to how others see us.

I read an advanced copy of Followers back in mid-fall of 2019, and it was without question the best book I read in 2019. Followers holds a special place in my heart because it pulled me ou
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
In 1998, we had "The Truman Show" starring Jim Carrey. Truman Burbank is an insurance salesman, who doesn't realize that his entire life is being telecast, around the globe 24/7. The producer of the show tries to control his mind, even removing his true love Sylvia from the show and replacing her with another woman. A movie ahead of its time.

Now we have Followers:

2015: Orla, New York, New York

A blogger (Orla) and her roommate, Floss, an aspiring singer, demonstrate the use of the social media p
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, from-library
Followers is a story told in two timelines, on opposite sides of a societal upheaval referred to as the Spill. In the 2015 timeline, Orla Cadden is a wannabe writer, stuck working as a blogger and churning out clickbait stories about celebrities. Her new roommate, Floss Natuzzi, has a plan to work with Orla to achieve her dreams of fame and life as a social influencer. In the 2051 timeline, Marlow is a young woman living in a city in California where everyone knowingly lives their lives on camer ...more
Frank Phillips
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Okay, so I received this book as an advanced edition paperback a few months ago and was incredibly stoked because I had already seen a lot of great reviews. I got about 200 pages in it and nothing had really happened yet so I decided maybe it wasn't the right time and shelved it, moving on to some other books.. Since then publication day has come and gone and I've continued to see amazing reviews on it, so many that I decided to give this a second chance and start it back over again, but this ti ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, adult-reads, 2020
3.5 (rounded up) Futuristic, Thought Provoking & Timely Stars

This one drew me in and had me rapt, furiously turning the pages. Followers details the perils of the use of social media to promote celebrity focusing on the obsession, backstabbing, lies and corruption in that often dangerous climb to fame. What would you do to gain followers and become a famous influencer? The higher your numbers get, the greater the perks... but at what cost?

The concept was so relevant and timely when you think of
(3.5) The very definition of an addictive read. 'I'll just read a bit of this and see what it's like...' 'I'll just read maybe 30 more pages...' and before I knew it, I was setting aside a whole Sunday night to power through the second half.

In 2051, we follow Marlow, one of the inhabitants of Constellation, an entirely artificial town where everyone is a reality show star; their lives are streamed to the world 24/7. Marlow has grown up in Constellation and is the face of an emotion-suppressing m
Alessandra Torre
I'm so torn over this book. I really really loved it. Then I got to the end, and my love faded to a muted simmer. I still love it, but I feel like this story deserved a stronger ending.

It's set in a really cool future world where there has been a digital crisis and everything is kind of turned upside down in terms of technology and privacy. The book jumps between present and future, and it's a bit of a mystery (which I love!) in figuring out how the two worlds interact.

I'd definitely recommend t
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Followers by Megan Angelo is a very unique story that grabbed my attention from the first page.

Followers switches between Orla, Floss, and Marlow’s stories. The stories work their ways towards each other from two different time periods. All of the characters made mistakes and questionable decisions. I enjoyed how the characters changed throughout the novel. Social media affected every aspect of these characters’ lives. I quickly get invested in these characters even though they weren’t the most
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
In 2015, Orla Cadden struggles to pursue her aspiration of becoming a writer while she works as a gossip writer for a New York City magazine. Her days are spent following the frivolous activities of movie-stars and society’s big shots. Orla is stuck on the outside of celebrity until her new roommate - the boisterous and ambitious Floss Natuzzi - hatches a plan to that will bring them both into the limelight. However, neither of these women realize how fame will shape their lives, or how high on ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh hell to the yes, this book was a riot.
Ok, I just purchased a load of blue light blocking reading glasses after reading “The Followers” a highly rated speculative fiction novel…. just in case. If you think you might have a problem with checking your computer for updates every five minutes, then this is a great novel for you.

“The Followers” hilariously shows the dark side of those “influencers”, the ones who tweet, Instagram, u-tube, etc. for the sole purpose of getting “hits” “likes” or what have you. I listened to the audible produc
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
In another time and place, this book would easily be four stars, so don’t let your eyes quickly gloss over my three star rating and somehow give you the false impression that this book is just average. Also, never mind. Let’s continue...

Here’s the deal, friends. And we’re all friends, aren’t we? And we’ve been practicing social distance long before that was a thing. We’re all way ahead of our time, aren’t we, Goodreads? Anyway,

I ended a sentence we a comma, or I broke a sentence into another par
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Followers is a story about the power of social media, and also a warning about the dangers of oversharing. We follow the timelines of two women. One is Orla and her story starts in 2015. The other is Marlow and her story is taking place in 2051. Orla is a blogger with dreams of publishing a book living in New York City with a roommate, Floss, an up and coming social media star. Marlow is living in a town where her every movement is recorded and broadcast to her 12 million followers. She gets one ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Followers by Megan Angelo is a dystopian science fiction fantasy that to me felt a lot more like a contemporary read with a bit of sci-fi to it. The story is told from different points of view and across two timelines from 2015 and 2055.

In 2015 Orla Cadden is a writer that has yet to write the novel she plans but instead writes celebrity gossip pieces to pay the bills. One day Orla meets Floss, a want to be A-lister who comes up with a plan for them both their big dreams. Then in 2055 Marlow liv
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
This was an INTENSE read which was made even more intense by the fact that although it was futuristic, everything that was occurring in the future seemed realistic and plausible.

Without a word of a lie, this novel is enough to make you want to delete all of your social media and get rid of all of the technology that you so heavily rely on. With that being said, will I delete or get rid of any of mine? No, I will not. Again, this makes the message of this novel that much scarier.

This novel is d
Monica (crazy_4_books)
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
2051-California: Marlow has been living almost all her life in this celebrity closed community where her every move is 24/7 streamed online nationwide by the Government, which runs the Internet now. Marlow is simply tired of living a wealthy but dull life and wants more out of it. However, she has to do whatever the network that owns her tells her to do, like having a bad marriage and a lab genetic made child. Marlow doesn't
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
In the beginning, I was all in on this one. As a middle-aged mom raised in the idyllic time before technology, back when children were free to roam and every single mistake/misstep/accident/poor fashion choice was not recorded and broadcast, I am afraid for us all. Are most of us too addicted to social media? Are most of us spending more and more time online? Are we finding it challenging to remember things, like phone numbers and appointments...or are we not even trying to remember them and rel ...more
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Megan has written about television, film, women and pop culture, and motherhood for publications including The New York Times (where she helped launch city comedy coverage), Glamour (where she was a contributing editor and wrote a column on women and television), Elle, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, and Slate. She is a native of Quakertown, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Villanova Universi ...more

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