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While the demands of a world governed by online point-scoring wear away at the humanity and morals of the characters, there are also some developments thrown in that don't seem half bad e.g. trains that are programmed to run only when they're at optimum capacity. I think the author must have had a lot of fun along the way in developing his ideas, although overall it's a chilling story, reminding us how easy it would be for us as a society to lose our moral compass, aided by technological developments.
A very enjoyable read, and a very visual one, with lots of details about clothing, food and drink, and some fun, playful touches e.g. a couple feeling very daring for making cakes from raw ingredients, which has become an exciting adventure in such an automated world. The storytelling is very cinematic at points, and it would make a great film.
This is the second novel I've read by Stephen Oram, and I'll definitely be looking forward to reading more by this author.
Given today’s craving for the next profile ‘like’ and daily updates we all seem to be compelled to comply with, this plot doesn’t seem too implausible. Imagine a world where you can lose or gain points at the drop of a hat if an online status update is not deemed popular enough. A real time popularity contest that can affect your quality of life is a frightening concept.
Whatever points you have gained through posting your updates are accrued as ‘Fluence’ until the next ‘pay day’. The grand total will be converted into a colour-coded status for the forthcoming year. This can determine where you shop, your choice of partner, and the area in which you live – class segregation is common place…
Some of the impoverished and vulnerable are stressed out by the constant need provide interesting status updates in exchange for Fluence on their ruyi, a portable mobile phone-like stick everyone carries round. Sounding oddly familiar yet?
There’s so much at stake for the characters here, and their posts have a danger of becoming outrageous to draw in the crowd. Often the need for more likeability points goes hand-in-hand with an ugly greed. This book singles out the most demeaning acts that people are willing to carry out to ‘achieve’ their goals, all driven by a desperate need to become a better ‘class’ of person, which is quite ironic. These acts are described in graphic detail, but this only reinforces what people are willing to sacrifice.
The two main characters, Amber and Martin, are part of a disability assessment team. They determine if people are fit to work, or if they can be funded by their government.Read more ›
Fluence tells the reality of this imagined world, where in an England not too different from our own people are battling it out on social media to gain fluence which will see them rise to a better colour, a better colour means a better job, home, lifestyle, friends, and even more fluence!
It's not hard to imagine a world where this is a reality, with our Governments' so easily controlled by big business, and people so easily controlled by social media.
Fluence tells the story of two main characters, Amber a young social climber who will do just about anything to get where she believes she belongs, back to yellow which she dropped down from at the last annual pay day for love, something she has evidently fallen out of love with.
Amber is ruthless, and with her knowledge of how the strata (social media) algorithm's work she plays the system with determination and assurity.
Martin on the other hand is an ex-hacker but now a worn out family man, he just wants to stay where he is in Green, he's terrified of letting his family down but whatever he does his fluence score just keeps dropping. In his quest to try and find just enough points to scrape through the points barrier he finds himself faced with questions he never thought he would have to answer.
Amber and Martin work at the same place, the Bureaucracy, and as the story unfolds, their stories start to entwine in unexpected ways.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good premise but poorly executed. I wanted to like it, I wanted to believe the paper thin characters were like that purposefully. Read morePublished 7 months ago by E. L. Naylor
Fabulous, page turning book. By just tweaking reality the book unfolds into a slightly unnerving and thought provoking story. Read morePublished 7 months ago by maggie millard
Fluence in the Big Brother, the 1984 of the social media age. Set in Orwell’s home city, this book takes place in a near-future London. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Natural_bri
This book is well paced with well drawn characters. It's very thought provoking, set in the not too distant future... and the scenario Oram creates could potentially happen! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kate Hutson
If you decide to try this novel, I suggest you buckle your mental seatbelt. The world in which Amber and Martin exist is about as zany a place as any I’ve come across whilst... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pete Barber (Author)
Fluence is set in a fictional dystopian world that is all too familiar, with companies in charge and individuals desperate for approval on social media. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Koffs
This was a very thought provoking read. Here we have an imagined world (not so far away from the one we currently live in) where individuals compete on social media for Fluence... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Taurus Girl
This is a very interesting read, it is a story that really makes you think what you would do. I liked how Amber and Martin the two main characters work together. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Hannah ward