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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
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Graydon House
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    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
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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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    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
    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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    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
    Carol (Bookaria)
    Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2019, fiction, sci-fi
    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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    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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    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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    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 timelines—2015 and 2051—tell 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 Spill—the crisis that dramatically separate and connect both timelines. The harrowing part? I ...more
    Talon
    Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    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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    Joyce
    Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
    I'm not sure where to start with this one. I liked this book very much although it did throw some hurdles my way. I initially passed this book over twice when requesting titles from NetGalley. The cover art didn't entice me; after just one glance, I had already decided that the book was women's literature -- not my favorite. The cover's saving grace, and what drew me in, was the Austin Powers -
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    Carlene Inspired
    Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired or visit me on IG for star rating and quick reviews at @CarleneInspired.

    Orla Cadden wants to be a writer, but not just the gossip column writer she is today, she wants to be known in the literary world. A publishing deal seems impossible until her wanna-be famous roommate shares a plan that could catapult them both into success. Floss is willing to throw ethics out the window for her A-List dreams and Orla finds herself along for the ride, her
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    Jennifer
    Jul 30, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley-ebooks


    Tarryn Fisher was raving about this book, which was enough for me to request it. Can't wait to read it!

    Thanks to netgalley and Graydon House publishers for allowing me to read this book.
    Angela Staudt
    Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A received an ARC from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.

    What a wonderful and captivating story from the very first page. Honestly, I didn’t go into this expecting anything spectacular, but that is exactly what I got. The author wove such a detail orientated book about how social media and technology affects our lives, and it was just amazing. I don’t have enough words to describe this book.

    Followers is told from two POV (which I love), one of the point of views is Orla and that
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    Samantha Martin
    Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    FOLLOWERS is nothing short of a masterpiece, full of observations about both our world and how we go about trying to get the things we desire. Orla dreams. Floss does. Marlow medicateds. Each character is so different, yet I feel so connected to all of them. This book is proof that science fiction can be as literary as anything. Brilliant.
    Sana
    May 27, 2018 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
    HERE FOR THIS. Honestly, any comparisons to Black Mirror works because you can never tell where the story is gonna go except for the fact that it will be a) fucked up and b) will fuck you up.
    Danielle
    Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: read-2019
    3.5/5 stars

    DISCLAIMER: I was given an ARC of Followers for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

    Y'all, I had such high hopes for Followers.

    Between the glowing reviews on Goodreads and the premise of the book itself, I went into it thinking this would end up being a five-star review. In fact, the first half of the book was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed Marlow's perspective on Constellation, the closed California village, and the in-depth look into what it really
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    Christina Dalcher
    Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arcs
    Megan Angelo gives us chilling social commentary wrapped in sparkling prose. Loved this one.
    Many thanks to Megan and HarperCollins (Graydon House) for the opportunity to read and review!
    Bookphile
    Classifying this book as science fiction doesn't feel quite right, though parts of it do take place in the future. But if you're expecting pure science fiction, I'm not sure this book is entirely going to deliver. To me, it feels like more of a satire, and a really well done one at that, that blends some scifi into its story. It's a difficult book to discuss without giving away many of its secrets, so there will be some spoilers in this review, though I'll try to keep them to a minimum because ...more
    Faye Ridpath
    I won this book on Bookish First.

    Don’t we all like to be noticed? Face it, how often do you post something on Facebook and eagerly keep checking to see how many likes it got?

    This book is a commentary on that. On how far people will go to be in the limelight.

    It also shows how a mistake can follow you forever and make you a pariah.

    And what the future could bring. As wanting to be liked so much means having everything you do dictated by others.

    Social media does consume much of society. Look around
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    Mom_Loves_Reading
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Wow! This book!! At first it took me a bit to get into (the writing it just THAT good that my fried mom-brain took a bit of getting use to it), but just wow! Such a timely and perfect tale that goes back and forth between present day and about 30 years in the future. (But it’s not sci-fi)
    The author Megan Angelo has some interesting name choices that I have never heard of: Orla, Marlow, Floss, Honey.
    “Folowers” comes out 1/14/20 and I’m telling ya, this book will be all OVER our social media feeds
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    Amanda
    Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: won-in-giveaways
    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

    I was haunted by this in ways that I haven't been in a very long time- maybe ever. While it's clearly a work of fiction, there's just enough of "now" in it that makes it feel like maybe there's a possibility we could really end up in Marlow's world someday. It's a wildly creative story, but also a very sobering one. I almost think I'd have to read it again to really appreciate every aspect of it, but I would definitely recommend this to
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    Hillary
    Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    It would be so much more convenient for me if I could pigeon hole this novel as just another "dangers of social media" story, but I cannot. It is, of course, inherently that, but it is many other things as well. So here I am, inconveniently, at two on the morning reading the final pages with my fist between my teeth because nothing about this story could wait until morning.
    Jessica ☕ Rodrigues
    Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Extraordinary and poignant. Review to come much later. (This book is still over a half a year away!)

    arc received from publisher
    Khristina
    Followers is not about social media. Followers is about relationships. Followers by Meghan Angelo is about three women and their connectedness. It goes back-and-forth between the time before the spill and the time after. Floss is A girl who wants to be famous for the sake of being famous, think Kardashian famous. Orla is a blogger who just lost the one person she covers for Lady-ish, a gossip site. They have been so wrapped up in their world that they didn’t realize they live together. And they ...more
    Janet

    When a super-speed reader doesn't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can get a LOT of reading done!!

    I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

    An electrifying story of two dream-chasing friends, the dark choices they make, and the profound moment that changes
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    Castille
    Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    3.5, rounded up for the premise and construction. Megan Angelo's Followers paints a picture of an all-too-possible future, where social media and "reality" television converge in a real-life town reminiscent of The Truman Show. The set up is great, with dual narratives, set decades apart: one in 2015/16, before "the Spill", and the other in 2051. The winding stories are well told, with Angelo setting up and navigating the worlds with a deft hand. Orla, Floss, and Marlow are all dynamic ...more
    Jessica Berry
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: galleywars
    Byjessicaannberry

    This book drew me in, guided my opinions, and kept me on the hook with the skill and mastery of an Instagram influencer. I turned each page with the frenzied anticipation of a YouTube subscriber watching their favorite personality's freshest video.

    "Followers" is a scathing comment on today's social media and celebrity culture, with alternating chapters set in a government-run Internet future. The author lays out for the reader the current reality - insta-fame, "reality" stars -
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    Tess
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Without sounding like too much of a cliche, I have to say: this book has EVERYTHING. It is dystopian, it is a chilling look at social media, it is hilarious, it is full of amazing characters and writing, and you won't be able to put it down. Alternating between 2015 and 2051, we meet three women whose lives become surprisingly enmeshed in ways you'll never guess. Orla and Floss use Instagram, reality television, and scamming to make themselves famous in 2015 to disastrous effects. Flash forward ...more
    Blake Fraina
    Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Megan Angelo’s black social satire Followers is a mash-up of a whole bunch of eerily familiar elements, but the resulting mixture is totally original and utterly entertaining. If I were her literary agent, my elevator pitch might be, “A hilarious yet suspenseful mélange of The Truman Show and Black Mirror with a liberal dose of Children of Men, starring Hannah Horvath (of HBO’s “Girls”), Jessica Simpson, Justin Beiber, the Real Housewives of L.A. and maybe a cameo from one of the Dance Moms.” If ...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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