by Megan Angelo
Pub Date 14 Jan 2020
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An electrifying story of two dream-chasing 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—an ambitious, wannabe Kardashian—comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they so desperately crave. But it's only when Orla and Floss abandon all pretense of ethics that social media responds with the most terrifying feedback of all: overwhelming success.
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, even horrible things, to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is 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 act of terrorism 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.
"One of next year's most anticipated books.... Looking for a scathing razor-sharp take on the future of humanity and social media? Meet Followers."
“If anyone is going to explore a terrifying, future version of our high-tech, internet-obsessed culture, please let it be Megan Angelo!”
-Broad City star & author Abbi Jacobson
“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
"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 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
“This smart, prophetic tech dystopia takes a perceptive look at our digital lives and forecasts an engrossing but eerie future.” -Shelf Awareness
“An intricate and brave story of friendship, ambition, and love and the lengths people will go to protect it all.” –Booklist, *starred review*
“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*