2051. Marlow and her mother, Floss, have been handpicked to live their lives on camera, in the closed community of Constellation.
Unlike her mother, who adores the spotlight, Marlow hates having her every move judged by a national audience.
But she isn’t brave enough to escape until she discovers a shattering secret about her birth.
Now she must unravel the truth around her own history in a terrifying race against time…
Followers was a beautifully written multi character drama, set in a world where fame is a currency, a human disaster has changed the way we use technology and the before, what lead us there.
Over two timelines Megan Angelo weaves an atmospheric and insightful tale around one particular set of darkly intriguing characters- it’s hard to quantify exactly how it gets to you – it simply does.
In the present Marlow is a star, watched from her safe haven 24 hours a day by the outside world. In a haze every decision is taken for her- from who to marry and when she has children, the producers throwing “plot twists” endlessly into their reality tv show. But Marlow is discontented..
Meanwhile in the past we see her mother’s rise to fame, the author intertwines the two threads perfectly as past and present collide to show Marlow the truth of her roots…
I loved this for the literary style of the prose, for the engaging, intuitive characters and for what it says about our addiction to screen time. It is thought provoking and entertaining, intelligent and totally absorbing.