A TIME AND NPR BEST BOOK OF 2020
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PEOPLE MAGAZINE - THESKIMM - KATIE COURIC'S "WAKE UP CALL" - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - VOGUE.COM - MARIE CLAIRE - PARADE.COM - BITCH MEDIA - HELLO GIGGLES - BUSTLE - BOOKLIST
An electrifying story of two ambitious friends and the dark choices they make to become internet famous.
Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss--a striving, wannabe A-lister--who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss's methods are a little shady--and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can't be wrong.
Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity--twelve million loyal followers--Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.
Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we'll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.
- Hardback | 384 pages
- 155 x 231 x 30mm | 476g
- 14 Jan 2020
- Graydon House
- Original ed.
"This dark, pitch-perfect novel about our dependence on technology for validation and human connection is as addictive as social media itself."--People
"Followers is an engaging confection wrapped around a thoughtful critique of how we live our lives online, and how we value others based on their curated personas."--USA Today
"If anyone is going to explore a future version of our high-tech, internet-obsessed culture, please let it be Megan Angelo. Followers is pure gold."-Abbi Jacobson, bestselling author and co-creator of Broad City
"[A] dazzling debut."--Time
"A buzzy debut novel about the future of social media." -Wake-Up Call with Katie Couric
"A compelling look at the power of technology and social networks. You won't be able to put it down." -Vogue.com
"One of next year's most anticipated books...a scathing, razor-sharp take on the future of humanity and social media"-Entertainment Weekly
"A sharp take on internet culture."--New York Post
"Big Brother meets Ingrid Goes West... Meet an all-too-real nightmare wrapped in an influencer bow...one you won't be able to look away from." -theSkimm
"[An] intelligent page-turner...the fun of Followers is the way it carries today's social media bread-and-circus to possible extremes."--Wall Street Journal
"As addictive as the social media it questions." -Parade
"How can I explain how much I love this book? Followers is an inventive, addictive, and perfectly constructed novel. It made me laugh out loud, care deeply about these characters and reexamine my Instagram habit. Megan Angelo's debut is 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."--New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Close
"[A] dark, witty, astute debut novel."--Slate
"Black Mirror fans are going to love Megan Angelo's Followers."--PopSugar
"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 The Knockout Queen
"Funny and engrossing."--NPR
"One of the best novels of 2020."--BookPage, starred review
"In her spectacular debut, Angelo masterfully explores the dark side of social media...the tale builds to a terrifyingly believable climax...Angelo delivers a strong, consistently fascinating debut." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Her writing is crisp and the familiarity of the characters is refreshing. Angelo also weaves in a perspective on contemporary political decisions and the effect they could have on us all in the not-so-distant future. 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
"Endless clever details and suspenseful plotting make this speculative fiction debut an addictive treat." -Kirkus, starred review
"Shrewd and surprising...a darkly prophetic novel that takes an incisive look at women, fame and the future of social media stardom." - Shelf Awareness
"Brilliantly presents a (rightfully) terrifying version of the future that isn't too far off." -HelloGiggles
"Narrator Jayme Mattler has a cold, dissociated style that adds to the story's eeriness." --BookPage (review of the audio edition)