by Stephen Oram
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: SilverWood Books (June 26, 2015)
Publication Date: June 26, 2015
Print Length: 333 pages
Imagine a world where your influence on social media determines your job, your home and your friends. A world without politicians, where the corporations run the country.
Set in a dystopian London, Fluence is a story of aspiration and desperation and of power seen and unseen. Amber is young and ambitious. Martin is burnt out by years of struggling. She cheats to get what she wants while he barely clings on to what he has.
It's the week before the annual Pay Day when strata positions are decided by the algorithms. The social media feed is frenetic with people trying to boost their influence rating, while those above the strata and those who've opted out pursue their own manipulative goals.
To what extremes, and at what cost to their families, should Amber and Martin go to achieve the Fluence they desire?
Fluence by Stephen Oram
Social media. We are becoming a society that must check their “pages” on a regular basis. Who posted what? Did they see our posts? Did they react? Should we react to others’ posts? Had a good hair day? Post it and wait for the reactions. Have a bad break-up? Post your dirty laundry and wait for the reactions. BUT, be careful, because even employers are looking at your posts…
Welcome to a future that really doesn’t seem too far-fetched. FLUENCE by Stephen Oram tells the stories of two people, each fighting for the coveted ratings on social media that could make or break their careers, finances and of course social standing in a society who plays Peeping Tom to your every post. The problem? These unknown faces are also your judge and jury and your fate lay in their unseen hands. Probably shouldn’t upset anyone or bore them, either.
Dystopian? You bet. Terrifying? Uh-huh. Possible? Definitely. Probable? ???????
Follow Amber, upwardly ambitious, a young go-getter who will stop at nothing to feather her nest. Meet Martin, a man burned out by life and trying to fit in in a world he really has no stomach for. Seems Martin’s heart and conscience are holding him back.
Edgy and tense, Stephen Oram’s world is as dark as it is fascinating as he makes no apologies for the characters and world he has created!
I received a complimentary copy from Silverwood Books!