In 2015 Orla is working for a website as a blogger. She wants to write a book and break out. Her roommate Floss ends up enlisting her to blog about her and make her famous.
It’s 2051 and Marlow and her mother, Floss, have been handpicked to live their lives on camera, in the closed community of Constellation.
Marlow hates having her every move analysed by a national audience, while her mother revels in in. She only becomes brave enough to break out once she learns a secret about her birth.
SPOILER FREE BOOK REVIEW
This was such an interesting book, it was so unique and I was enthralled. I knew it was going to be different and I didn’t want to spoil it so I didn’t read the blurb properly before starting the book. This meant as I was reading I was so interested to find out what the link was between the two timelines, since it is told in dual POV. I was shocked and even more intrigued when I realised Marlow’s mother, Floss, was Floss from the 2015 timeline. I needed to know what had happened in her life to get her to Constellation and to make her daughter a bigger name than she is.
As Marlow is a household name and people tune in to watch her life basically all day every day. She is the face of basically an antidepressant and she has to remain calm and happy to all of her followers. Their comments on everything she does are even streamed right to her eyes so it is quite the task, I can’t imagine what it would be like facing that level of constant scrutiny.
Obviously, there was lots of discussion about social media and smart phones. They even made links between smart phones and dementia. Due to this, in 2051 they all had chips in their wrists in place of phones and they transmitted straight to their brain. The internet is government controlled and you can access it through thoughts and privacy in Constellation can only really be found in dressing rooms and toilets. It was just so interesting to think about how far social media will go.
I also related to Orla at the beginning of the book and her being the sort of person who doesn’t speak up and apologies if someone walks into her. She just goes along with Floss’ plan with little resistance and I couldn’t wait to see how she developed through out the book. But all characters were fleshed out, real and flawed. They were interesting and I wanted to know more and more about them.
I felt the book was somewhere between a dystopian and a women fiction book about someone finding themselves, which really hit the spot for me. I loved the balance and it just was a fantastic and though provoking read.
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