Review of Social Media Central by Kevin Klehr

Title:  Social Media Central

Author: Kevin Klehr

Reviewer:  Shelley Russell Nolan

Synopsis: In an age where everyone lives their lives through a screen, no one has more celebrity status than fashion blogger, Madeline Q. In a chance meeting, Tayler, loner and geek, is introduced to her world of parties, fan worship, and seduction.

But as his own star rises, Madeline Q is arrested for murder. There’s just one problem—there is no corpse. Tayler soon learns that fiction blurs reality on Social Media Central.


Review: I was in a confused state for the most part while reading this book, much like the main character Tayler as he struggled with his discontent for the world he lives in. Craving real social connections, he at first observes and laments as those around him retreat to the fake world of Social Media Central. Then a seemingly chance encounter with a SMC celebrity sees him catapulted into the limelight where he becomes a part of the very thing he had previously disdained. But nothing is as it seems and as Tayler falls deeper into the world created by SMC he realises that more is at stake than how many followers he has.

While I was initially disappointed in how quickly Tayler let himself be absorbed into SMC, it gave an insight into how those who followed the celebrities he was now associated with had also been drawn in. Their lives were ruled by screens, their every waking thought controlled by what they saw and read, their interactions with others done at a distance. It was a terrifying glimpse of a possible future given the way technology has begun to rule our lives. This book takes it to the extreme, having people closed off to the wonders of the real world to pursue fake relationships with people who are just as fake as the world they inhabit.

At heart, I felt this was the story of a lost generation seeking to find their way, with Tayler as their figurehead and spokesperson. As he grew more aware of just who was manipulating the masses through SMC and why, the people around him also come to realise that there is more to life than what could be found in their screens. Though this story deals with social manipulation on an unprecedented scale, it will definitely make me think twice about taking what I read or see in social media for granted.

Rating: 4 Stars

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