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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  802 ratings  ·  354 reviews
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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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Graydon House
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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  ·  review of another edition
”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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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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 don’t usually read books set in future times, but this one
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Talon
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Carol (Bookaria)
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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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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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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switterbug (Betsey)
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
Suzanne thebookblondie
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  ·  review of another edition
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 wasn’t so far
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Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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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Kelly  (UnshelvedEdition)
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 Angelo’s writing is absolutely insane and I am going
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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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The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

Followers by Megan Angelo is a sci-fi book that will give the reader pause. The concept is shocking and addresses many issues in today’s society. It also contains characters that are spellbinding and interesting, yet all have something to hide. It really questions the way we live our lives attached to our online personas.

The story is set in alternating timelines and is told in multiple perspectives. Followers takes a look at our world today and then imagines how
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Joyce
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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Laura In  Literary Land
Followers takes place in two time periods: 2015/16 and 2051. The book follows three women and their relationships with internet/social media fame. In 2015, Orla is writing for a celebrity gossip blog but longs to publish a novel and her roommate, Floss (I know, I know -- these names!) is in desperate pursuit of notoriety. Orla and Floss team up to try and further each other and in the process, stumble into social media stardom. Thirty-six years in the future (2051), Marlow lives in ...more
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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Jenna Bookish
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Graydon House and NetGalley for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4 here.

I was super skeptical going into this book; I sincerely dislike art that never seems to have any thing more substantive to say than "social media bad," and the blurb was giving off some of those vibes. However,Followersproved to be a seriously addictive read, and while
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The Nerd Daily
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Rosie Smith

Marlow and her family, mum Floss and dad Aston, have been hand-picked from the American population to live in the luxurious, perfect city of Constellation with its fabricated, beautiful sunsets, zero crime rate, and non-existent money worries. There’s just one catch though… They are live-streamed 24 hours a day, Big Brother-style for the rest of the world to watch. With lives controlled by the omnipresent ‘Network’, Marlow’s family
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Hasn't it already started? Where the internet famous are the royalty of the people these days? Followers takes it to a new level where the not so distant future actually places people (the elite) right into their own stardom. But, as always, what you see isn't always reality. There certainly are positives and negatives on each side. Seemingly, every one still just wants what they can't have. The grass is always greener on the other side, but it's still grown from shit.

I'm very impressed with
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Cindy Burnett
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Followers by Megan Angelo is a thought-provoking, sometimes scathing, look at today's society, specifically the use of social media and smart phones and the complete loss of privacy that results. Alternating between 2016 and 2051, Angelo tracks her three main characters as they navigate a world dominated by the worst effects of social media. The book is a complete page turner, and I found myself paying closer attention to my social media and cell phone usage as well as contemplating and admiring ...more
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Actual rating 4.5/5, rounded down because I had some issues with the way the ending wrapped things up--detailed later in this review!

A curious blend ofincisive perception, dark humor, and horrifying prediction,Followersis a worthy addition to the rapidly expanding canon ofBlack Mirror-esque dystopian fiction, shining a critical lens on our fascination (obsession?) withtechnology, social media, and how far we will go to get what we think we deserve.

“I’ve done the actual math. There are eight
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Lisa
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-2020
Thank you to Graydon House Books and Netgalley for a copy of Followers by Megan Angelo for an honest review.

Followers is told in two timelines, 2015 New York and 2051 Constellation, California.

In 2015, we follow Orla, an aspiring writer who is writing for a blog called Lady-ish. She follows the lives of minor celebrities and writes articles about what is in their favourite salad order. Orla’s roommate Floss wants to be famous but has no talent. So Floss and Orla conspire to build some buzz and
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Sydney
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really loved this book! There are dual storylines that take place 35 years apart and I was captivated by both! The premise of Followers was intriguing and it really makes the reader reflect on privacy and social media in today’s society. There were some parts/subplots that I probably would’ve taken out in order to better continue the intensity, but I really liked the characters so it didn’t even matter because I enjoyed their stories/thoughts! The one thing I will say is that I did not ...more
Angela Staudt
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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