Welcome to my stop on the Fluence blog tour, I’m so pleased you’ve stopped by to find out a little more about this great book. While you are here make sure to enter the draw to win one of two eCopies of the book, the draw is open internationally!
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 controlling corporations. 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.
Fluence is a story of aspiration and desperation and of power seen and unseen. It’s a story of control and consequence. It’s the story of the extremes to which Amber and Martin are prepared to go in these last ten thousand minutes before Pay Day.
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Amber and Martin work at the same place, the Bureaucracy, and as the story unfolds, their stories start to entwine in unexpected ways.
I would have liked to see more of the outliers (those who don’t comply), how their story folds into things and how they could potentially change things, I found what we do see of them compelling and interesting enjoyed their non-comply attitudes.
Stephen Oram has sewn a web of mystery, blackmail, and anarchy. Along with party-going social climbers, miserable family men and some really strange goings on that make for a superb answer to the “What would happen if…?” question around the fall of government, and the rise of social media and retail…
About Stephen Oram:
Like each and every one of us, my perspective of the world has been affected by many people and experiences: as a teenager I was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk; in my early twenties I embraced the squatter scene and then joined a religious cult, briefly; I did some computer stuff in what became London’s silicon roundabout; and I’m now a civil servant with a gentle attraction to anarchism. I really enjoy taking a sideways look at our world and thinking, “what if,” and then writing about it through speculative fiction.
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Two Copies of the Book Available in e-Format (International Entries)