Fluence by Stephen Oram
Book – SilverWood Books, 316 pages
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.
Amber is 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.
Set in a speculative near-future London, Fluence is a satirical 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.
Stephen Oram created a world where the government is non-existent and big businesses control everything. Fluence is a well plotted novel where everyone is in race for the next level and in doing so how people are not afraid to carry out most belittling actions to achieve their goals. This dystopian novel has a gripping story that will make you think hard.
Author has done justice to the characters and entire story is really catchy. Some part of the story I didn’t enjoy but overall book is worth reading. Book Speaks will give it 3.5/5.
About the Author Stephen Oram:
“I write contemporary dystopian fiction set in a recognizable near-future. I love taking reality, nudging it out of kilter and seeing what happens. 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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