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"Spectacular...The tale skillfully builds to a terrifyingly believable climax...Angelo delivers a strong, consistently fascinating debut."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"Endless clever details and suspenseful plotting make this speculative-fiction debut an addictive treat."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
"An intricate and brave story of friendship, ambition, and love and the lengths people will go to protect it all."-- "Booklist (starred review)"
"Followers is an inventive, addictive, and perfectly constructed novel...It's also the best book I've read in years."-- "Jennifer Close, author of The Hopefuls"
"One of next year's most anticipated books...Looking for a razor-sharp take on the future of humanity and social media? Meet Followers."-- "Entertainment Weekly"
"How can I explain how much I love this book? Followers is an inventive, addictive and perfectly constructed novel...a sharp look at social media, friendship and the lengths we'll go to in order to feel seen...It's also the best book I've read in years."-- "Jennifer Close, author of The Hopefuls"
"Megan Angelo has crafted an eerie masterpiece about the world we live in and the world we don't want to live in. Followers will make you reconsider whether you really want your fifteen minutes of fame."-- "Christina Dalcher, author of Vox"
"A frolicking dystopia: smart, terrifying and addictively fun. Orla and Floss have stolen my heart emoji, and I will read anything Megan Angelo writes."-- "Rufi Thorpe, author of Dear Fang, With Love"
"[Angleo's] writing is crisp and the familiarity of the characters is refreshing...This is an intricate and brave story of friendship, ambition, and love and the lengths people will go to protect it all."-- "Booklist (starred review)"
"If anyone is going to explore a terrifying, future version of our high-tech, internet-obsessed culture, please let it be Megan Angelo. She's one of the freshest, funniest new voices on the scene--and Followers, her debut novel, is pure gold."-- "Abbi Jacobson, New York Times bestselling author and cocreator of Broad City" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Megan Angelo grew up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Villanova University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Glamour and Elle, among other publications. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Followers is her first novel.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication Date : January 14, 2020
- File Size : 802 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 384 pages
- Publisher : Graydon House; Original Edition (January 14, 2020)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B07HRSKKB9
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #101,800 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If I have to stop and re-read long passages, or if the story doesn't flow well, then I get distracted and it ruins the experience for me. Because of this, I tend to find authors who I really like and stick with them, because once you find an author that writes well - you can count on them to deliver over and over again most of the time.
I feel like Megan Angelo has this quality. But I still found myself not enjoying this novel and putting it down and stopping over and over again. Why? Because for me, the novel wasn't holding together logically. Maybe it was me, and maybe I was misunderstanding, but there were several places where the technology didn't seem to add up.
The story is a risky venture, trying to predict what will be happening in social media five years from now is risky, and Megan is aiming MUCH FARTHER into the future with the novel, Followers. But right off the bat, we are in a building with a mail room that reminded me of my college circa 1988. Notes were being taken by hand. There were SO MANY instances where the technology seemed pre-internet, and definitely pre-smart-phone, and yet we are supposed to believe this is taking place in the present and future. Or at least that is what I was understanding.
Maybe I didn't get far enough in to understand why this disconnect seemed to be taking place, but I kept getting sidetracked and kept wondering WHY is this their reality? Why aren't they using digital tools instead of paper and pencils?
I don't know if I just wasn't patient enough, or what - but when you compare this to a novel like Ready Player One, where the future is laid out in a believable, consistent and imaginative way - there is a feeling like Followers was a great idea and story, but it wasn't carefully plotted out or planned to make sure that it felt like the future. It felt dated.
It is kind of like when you see an old tv show and someone is checking their pager. SURE, SOME people still use them in some weird instances, but for the most part, you just feel like it is dated or someone got it wrong. Followers has that feeling, like the author is anchored to the past and can't fully let go of it, or this is that strange case where it actually makes sense, but you can't get past it regardless.
I spent too much time trying to find reasons for things to be the way they were in the story, and not enough time enjoying the story. I may give this a try again later. But for now, this just didn't hold my attention long enough to read it through. And I devour books, often finishing them in a day or two - so that's a pretty bad thing when I can't get through a book.
Sorry... but this one just didn't work for me. :-(
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What I liked most about it was that the three women characters are so clearly and well drawn and the writing is really good.
What I couldn't quite accept was the nature of 'the spill' which happened between the two parts of the story and gave rise to the dystopia in which Marlow lives. The spill isn't explained until near the last part of the novel so I won't go into detail but I'll just say, I don't think it could be done so thoroughly and completely. However, as the story is quite character driven this wasn't so important for me and the result is not a typical dystopian novel.
I certainly recommend it.
I enjoyed the story, almost Truman show-esque version of the future (2051) after 'The Spill' in contrast to how social media is consumed in modern day (2015) the pitfalls of trying to be internet famous, against living your life for the followers.
Definitely worth the read, the characters are well rounded and honest for their time and an interesting take on a dystopian future with female leads.