It was nearly a year since Amber had teetered on the edge of yellow, deciding to drop a level before she was pushed. The annual Pay Day review had come around again and everyone, on every Strata Level, was preparing for the week ahead. The affluence and the influence of the higher strata was within her grasp, she just had to decide what she was prepared to do to get them.
Imagine a world where your influence on social media determines your job, your home and your friends. A world without politicians, where the corporations run the country.
Set in a dystopian London, Fluence is a story of aspiration and desperation and of power seen and unseen. 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 algorithms. 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.
To what extremes, and at what cost to their families, should Amber and Martin go to achieve the Fluence they desire?
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