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Publisher's Summary

"This dark, pitch-perfect novel about our dependence on technology for validation and human connection is as addictive as social media itself.” (People)

A Time and NPR Best Book of 2020

Highly recommend by:

  • People Magazine
  • The Skimm
  • 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’ 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 - 12 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.

©2020 Megan Angelo (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Editor's Pick

The price of fame
"I imagine that Orla Cadden would balk at recent news that Instagram is testing removing likes. When we meet the blogger in 2015, at the height of "celebrity culture", her entire life is focused on making her New York City roommate, Floss, famous. After a fateful incident on the stairs at an Urban Outfitters store catapults them both to fame, these overnight celebrities end up getting more than they bargained for. Unlike Orla and Floss, Marlow doesn’t want to be famous. It’s 2051, she lives every moment of her life on a reality show set in Constellation, CA (think Calabasas on speed), and she can’t get out. Until one day she does, and jets off to NYC to find the truth about her past, hurtling her toward a reckoning with events that happened 35 years ago. Megan Angelo’s debut novel is not only an engrossing story of these three women and their desire to be liked, but an important lesson for us all in this influencer-fueled world where we’ll do anything for the ‘gram’, but at what cost?"
Margaret H., Audible Editor

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I'm conflicted

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. At it's core it's a fascinating take on a near future where the growth of social media and an "attention economy" could take us. Good worldbuilding, an excellent maguffin that shows how we get there from here, and fully believable speculation of how people will react to the technological changes.

Unfortunately, that core is tightly wrapped in a bunch of boring, unlikeable characters behaving badly towards each other. If that part of the book was supposed to be satire or a modern-day comedy of manners, it was entirely too believable and not nearly funny enough to work. I didn't care what happened to any of these people which drained the ending of any emotional punch.

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a cautionary tale!

Ok, I just purchased a load of blue light blocking reading glasses after reading “The Followers” a highly rated speculative fiction novel…. just in case. If you think you might have a problem with checking your computer for updates every five minutes, then this is a great novel for you.

“The Followers” hilariously shows the dark side of those “influencers”, the ones who tweet, Instagram, u-tube, etc. for the sole purpose of getting “hits” “likes” or what have you. I listened to the audible production, narrated by Jayme Mattler, and she was voice-perfect in her dramatizations for the vapid characters. Mattler made the characters real.

The story is told in two timeframes, 2015 and 2051. In 2015 we learn of how high-profile influencers are made. It’s a cut-throat world, and author Megan Angelo has a fun time writing over-the-top silly characters. Well, some of the reality TV shows on currently (any of the “Housewives of” series comes to mind) which encourage competitive and selfish behavior are on par with this story.

Two unseeingly compatible girls end up roommates in NYC. One girl, Orla, wants to be a successful author or blogger. She’s more intellectual in her employment pursuits. She is a blogger for a website called Lady-ish. Her roommate is Floss, who, similar to most of the Kardashians, has no talent or reason to be noticed, is a wannabe celebrity. Floss is one of the most self-involved characters ever written, and she makes reading this story fun. The girls scheme plans to get noticed, well Floss wants to be noticed and Orla writes about it. And it becomes a campy storyline.

In 2051, Marlow lives in a California town inhabited by only reality TV stars. Every moment of her life is on camera. There are cameras in every room of her home and school. The cameras follow her everywhere in her town. In fact, she’s only known a life on camera. When the network determines that Marlow should have a baby with her husband, she learns some disturbing information surrounding her parents.

The two story lines to converge, and it becomes a cautionary tale of fame and those who follow the famous. There is an event known as “the spill” that changed the internet, but the reader only gets a few clues about what “the spill” was. Angelo does a fantastic job making the reader take a closer look at privacy on the internet, along with health issues resulting from all the time we spend in front of those blue light devices.

I really enjoyed the audio of this one.

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Not my "Cup of Tea"

This book was chosen for a book-club, so I thought I would give it a try. Not for me!
I have very little time to enjoy books, whether I actually read it or listen to it, so I want to enjoy them . . . not this one!

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VERY INTERESTING

I couldn’t put this book down. I listened to the whole 13 hours in one day.

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Worth the listen

The beginning was a slow start for me but a couple of hours in & I couldn't stop listening. A fantastic book.

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Enjoyed this very much!

I loved this story! It was fresh, original, and believable. I highly recommend this book!

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Addicting & Well Performed and Written

This book is so good. Very witty/clever writing. Everything tied together nicely. Left nothing to be desired.

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Blown away

I am so glad I chose this title. after several months of listening to audiobooks and reading the hard copies of others, I was frustrated because I was not finding great stories. finally, Followers came along.

The author does an incredible job with the characters. She allows for the audience to both love and hate them. She juxtaposes their flaws alongside their strengths perfectly.

The two stories, which seem unrelated in the beginning, mesh together perfectly.

but I enjoyed the most about the story, is that every part of it from the characters to the setting, to the theme were relatable even if their circumstances were not. This is one of those books where you missed the characters as soon as the story is over.

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Wow- great story with great characters

Really enjoyed the premise and was sorry when the book was over. A really great listen!

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great story!

a little slow in the beginning, but then all at once you cannot stop listening! I didn't know if I'd finish this one, but so glad I did!

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Terrible

Boring. Slow. Not to mention, the narrator sounds so unbelievably bored reading it. It's ok, I get it - I was also bored listening to it. I gave up on it and didn't want to waste any more time on this drivel.

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