Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Review: Followers by Megan Angelo (audio)

Title: Followers
Author: Megan Angelo
Narrator: Jayme Mattler
Published: January 2020, Harlequin Audio
Length: 13 hours 29 minutes
Source: Library

An electrifying story of two ambitious friends, the dark choices they make and the stunning moment that changes the world as we know it forever
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.

My thoughts:  I was on the fence about this book and ended up picking it up because of a buddy-read. I have to say, it wasn't my favorite book but I am glad that I had a group of fellow book lovers to chat about it with as I was reading it because I probably would not have finished it had I been reading it on my own.

I'm generally  not a science-fiction/dystopian fan and I think that that is where this book lost me. While the first half of the book started out ok and kept my interest, the second part really felt like a struggle and I had a hard time keeping focused. I will say the whole idea of living your life on social media to be a little frightening and this seems to be a trend in books - haven't there been a few other books out this year with this idea already? I guess each has it's own spin, but still. 

I think the redeeming part of this reading experience for me was definitely the chats I had with my group. That is what is going to be the memorable part of this book. The writing was good but I just couldn't get into the story itself. Oh win some and you lose some and this just wasn't the book for me.

Audio thoughts:  This is the first time I've listened to Jayme Mattler narrate and I thought she did a good job. And that's a good thing, especially as I was struggling to keep going with this book. Her intonation and pacing were good and I enjoyed listening to her. 


1 comment

  1. I listened to this one a while ago, and considering I can't remember one thing about it, I guess I wasn't very impressed either :)


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