Fluence by Stephen Oram



25790116It’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.







 What I thought:

This book was fantastic. I love dystopian, but what I love even more are fresh concepts and ideas. This book was all of the above.

I also loved how social media played such an important part in this book………….because right now, some peoples lives literally revolve around it.

AND this book is set in London. I love London 🙂

Also, Fluence is told from two points of view, another plus. Amber and Martin, who are polar opposites, take turns narrating this novel.

Fluence is interesting and definitely thought provoking. It was different, but a good different. I look forward to reading more from this author!


8461328About the Author:

I write novels and flash fiction that are designed set off small firecrackers of thought to light the world slightly differently inside your head!

I’ve been a hippie-punk, a religious-squatter and a bureaucrat-anarchist; I thrive on contradictions and am a great believer in being slightly askew from the crowd. There are all sorts of ways of doing that – by being on the fringes of society, by travelling to other cultures or simply by being tipsy during the day.

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.



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