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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 Flossa striving wannabe A-listerwho comes up with a plan for launching them both into
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Hardcover, 380 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Graydon House
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Erika Lynn I would say late teens to adults as well. I dont think its really overly graphic at all. There are some scenes that are sexual but again not super…moreI would say late teens to adults as well. I don’t think it’s really overly graphic at all. There are some scenes that are sexual but again not super graphic. I think a good understanding about social media and potentially the “world” in general is good. Not sure that younger teens would really understand that as much. (less)

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Chaima ✨ شيماء
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! Im 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. Everybodys lives depend on the likes and visual encouraging comments
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Felicia
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...

IT'S ELECTRIFYING!
*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
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
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 dont usually read books set in future times, but this one
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Paige
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 ...more
Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
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
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ 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).



FOLLOWERS is coming
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Brenda -Traveling Sister
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the age of social media, how do we define our worth? Ill admit as a blogger, Ive 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 out
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Talon
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
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Dennis
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 aforementioned ...more
Blair
(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
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Tatiana
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
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Mackenzi
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh hell to the yes, this book was a riot.
Sarah
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
Jayme
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
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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 societys 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
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 ...more
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
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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
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Monica (crazy_4_books)
"THE TRUMAN SHOW" MEETS "1984" IN THIS DYSTOPIAN FUTURISTIC MYSTERY TALE
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
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Jypsy
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Graydon House for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Followers
By: Megan Angelo


*REVIEW* ❤❤❤❤
Welcome to the future, 2051, to be exact. You are in Constellation. Located in California, it's a sort of social experiment community. Living here means that you don't control your own life. Who does? Well, your followers, sponsors, major corporations and such. Take Marlow, for example. She is a major social influencer in Constellation with
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Kelly  (UnshelvedEdition)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-releases
Welcome to the future of technology, and yes it is just as twisted and damaging as we were warned it would be. A world where everyone is a follower for the right price

This book sunk its claws into me and took me on a ride. The story is a generational study swapping between 2015 and 2051 showing the way technology, our minds and society has changed. It was inventive and unique and honestly felt like the direction our world could be heading

Megan Angelos writing is absolutely insane and I am going
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Carol (Bookaria)
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, 2019
This story follows two friends, Floss and Orla, in two alternating timelines. The first timeline starts on 2015, in which Orla helps Floss become Instagram famous. The second timeline takes place 35 years later in an exclusive village where the residents are recorded and streamed for entertainment. Sort of a futuristic Truman show but with government involvement.

I was intrigued by the premise, the novel has elements of scifi and explores social media, privacy rights, connectivity, and female
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Suzanne thebookblondie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Followers by Megan Angelo (#5 in 2020)

Thank you to Graydon House for my gifted copy of this newbie as well as the secondary one I used for a giveaway!

Orla lands herself a random roommate named Florence to fill the other room in her New York City apartment. As complete opposites, Orla seeks to become a famous writer and Florence, or Floss, desperately wants to become a family celebrity by any means necessary. When their paths finally cross as more than just roommates, the duo makes a plan to
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Amy
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5/5

Man this one was addictive, I usually only think of that word to describe a book when I talking about a thriller, and while this definitely had some mystery and intrigue it was not a thriller. Either way, this one sucked me right in and had me captivated for sure!

There are two timelines here, 2015 and 2051 and I was equally drawn to both, though if I was pushed I was maybe slightly more invested in the future chapters. It was enough of a time jump to feel futuristic but it wasnt so far
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Kelli
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 ...more
switterbug (Betsey)
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Black Mirror, or at least those attentive to the techno-sociological implications of the near future, will thoroughly enjoy this well-paced tale of social media obsession and reality showboating. Dual timelines2015 and 2051tell the story of the defining event called the Spill and its aftermath, which divided the two eras. Clues are prudently dropped as the story unfurls on both sides of the Spillthe crisis that dramatically separate and connect both timelines. The harrowing part? I didnt ...more
Jennifer
2.5/ 5 stars

Tarryn Fisher raved about this book, which was enough for me to want to read it.

I really liked the idea of this book. But I struggled with the actual story.

I'm not sure what genre to put this book in. It is a futuristic world. However I really don't think that I would classify this as science fiction. There is some romance. But it's not the main focus of the book.

There are two timelines in Followers. In one timeline it is New York in 2015/16 and the book follows Orla (28, 3rd person
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Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
With a premise like Followers, I definitely could not resist picking up a copy! The story is told in duel timelines (in 2015/2016 NYC and in 2051 California). In 2015, we're seeing an aspiring young writer named Orla and her dying to be famous roommate Floss cheat the system and work their way to fame. Meanwhile, in 2051 we're following Marlow who's spent her entire life on camera in a closed community full of government appointed celebrities who are paid to endorse certain products, vitamins ...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 ...more

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