Followers by Megan Angelo


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 despe...

Details Followers

Release DateJan 14th, 2020
PublisherGraydon House
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Followers

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    ”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...
  • Felicia
    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 t...
  • Paige
    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 i...
  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI 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 ...
  • 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 differen...
  • 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 m...
  • 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 Constel...
  • 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 separ...
  • Talon
    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...
  • 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,...
  • 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 a...
  • Jennifer
    2.5/ 5 starsTarryn 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...
  • Angela Staudt
    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 ...
  • Sydney
    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 stori...
  • Anissa
    I quite enjoyed this creepy, cautionary and sometimes witty tale.The story is told in two timelines, 2015 and 2051. We follow Orla and Floss from 2015 and also through 2051 (from their twenties to their sixties). I really liked that we followed them through the decades and saw them change (or not change) as life moved on Marlow has the POV for the 2051 thread.. Her crisis point arises as a married, thirty-five year old who is about to embark on m...
  • Samantha Martin
    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.
  • Danielle
    3.5/5 starsDISCLAIMER: 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 vill...
  • Christina Dalcher
    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!
  • Migdalia Jimenez
    This sparkling new addition to the dystopian genre is an ultra-modern meditation on privacy, friendship, love, and loneliness, but at its heart it’s about the need to be seen. Set alternately in our screen-addicted present where two young women are trying to make it in New York City, and an Orwellian future where celebrities are assigned and the internet is government-run, this novel takes our obsessions with over-sharing, fame, and influencer ...
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to Graydon House and BookishFirst for an advance copy for honest review.If you've been looking for a book to make you feel guilty every time you pick up your phone to scroll Instagram instead of reading, well, this is it. Followers is taking on influencer culture and the demons of screen devotion in an entirely new and terrifyingly compelling way. Told between the very recent past and the near future, Followers tells of a Truman Show type ...
  • 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, t...
  • Jessica Berry
    ByjessicaannberryThis 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 th...
  • 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.Soc...
  • Helplessness
    2020 has yet to begin but I have no doubts whatsoever that no other book can bump Followers as my favorite book of the year. Followers is a thrilling ride from page one. Megan Angelo’s writing is superior, in my humble opinion. It’s hard to believe this is her debut novel. I cannot wait to see what she publishes next as I know it will be just as amazing, if not even better than, Followers. This book is a must for fans of Black Mirror, The Tru...
  • Mom_Loves_Reading
    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 tel...
  • Amanda
    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 o...