Book Review: Followers by Megan Angelo

Followers by Megan Angelo

Rating:  ★★★★

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 hour of privacy a day, between the hours of 3 and 4 am.

When I first started reading, I was immediately swept away by both narratives. I thought they were both cleverly plotted and paced. The writing was sufficient (good- but maybe not particularly memorable). The cast, mostly all women, was fantastically done. They are all flawed. They have dreams and desires and needs outside of romance and families. They are all at times, unlikeable (I don’t mean that as a critique- I love stories with unlikeable characters).

Each chapter ends on a note that left me immediately wanting more of that narrative, but then would dive into the alternating point of view. I think for some that could be a frustration, but it only took me a few paragraphs to get me reinvested in the other story line. It did feel a little bloated after about the 2/3s mark. I ultimately slowed down and wasn’t reading a hundred pages a day. But not enough to really hinder my enjoyment.

There are references to a weird internet related disaster event throughout the book (called “The Spill”), and at times I wondered if I would ever get answers or if it would just be this vague point on a timeline, but eventually all is revealed. It does require a little suspension of disbelief I think, for the fallout of the event, but I enjoyed the overall moral enough that I was willing to look past it.

I deducted a star ultimately, because the ending was frustrating for me. It wasn’t the ending I wanted for Marlow. I think the characters all grew sufficiently, their stories are resolved, and we aren’t left wondering where any of the characters end up. It’s hard for me to get over a “bad” ending (again- the ending isn’t bad or even unhappy, just wasn’t what I wanted). It sort of soured my otherwise awesome experience. Your Mileage May Vary.

I highly recommend the book and am looking forward to reading more from Angelo in the future.

Followers released on January 21, 2020 and can be found on GoodReads or Amazon.  Thank you to the publisher for supplying a review copy.

22 thoughts on “Book Review: Followers by Megan Angelo

  1. Interesting – I haven’t read many stories dealing with social media, so I’m curious, but having an ending I don’t like really tends to sour the rest for me as well. I’m not sure I’ll read it but I’m glad to know it exists (I had never heard of it before). Great review!

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    • Thanks! I didn’t know how to describe my experience with the ending. It’s a positive ending, it’s not bad or ambiguous or anything, I just wanted to see one character end up in a particulate place and she went somewhere else.

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    • I would recommend to both you and Sarah the book Savage Girl by Alex Shakar. It came out in 2001, but I don’t think it feels dated at all. It has a dual story about very different twins. One of them, a model, starts dressing in bones and weird scraps and won’t “take care” of herself. Eventually, she starts recording herself 24/7. Her sister, who always works hard at her marketing job, tries to contain the twin who appears to have gone off the rails, but ultimately it’s a book about marketing, how society shapes our opinions about what is attractive, and recording/sharing our lives.

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  2. This might be the first review I’ve read of this book, and I’m not sure why it wasn’t on my radar. I love the sound of it, although having one hour of privacy a day between 3-4 is just cruel!

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    • It is! But that’s actually all she’s ever known because she grew up in that city. So it was definitely an interesting POV. I am also surprised I haven’t seen more reviews because I liked it from the moment I picked it up.

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