The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne is one of my favourite novels. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that left more of a lasting impression on me. I have read other John Boyne novels and enjoyed them all. I therefore jumped at the chance to read his latest offering, The Echo Chamber.
George Cleverly is a stalwart of television interviewing and a self-proclaimed “national treasure”. However, his carefully curated reputation is only one tweet away from being destroyed. He and his family soon realise how past perceptions count for nothing in the world of social media. Are we all just one misjudged tweet away from being “cancelled?”
The book is a clever, satirical look into society’s reliance on social media. It brilliantly covers political correctness, the desire to be seen as “woke” and the cancellation of people who say the wrong thing, however well-intentioned. It made me laugh and cringe in equal measures. Some of the observations really do ring true and it does raise the question, were we all happier before social media?
The characters were self-obsessed, entitled narcissists, so pretty unlikeable. The character flaws and scenarios are exaggerated and highlight the often absurd nature of social media. The obsession of posting things for likes and exploiting the vulnerable to show how “caring” someone is, is something I’ve seen so many times myself.
The dialogue is brilliant and provides many of the comedic moments. I also enjoyed the subtle nods to Maude Avery from The Heart’s Invisible Furies.
The Echo Chamber provides a perceptive look into the farcical side of social media and cancel culture. It’s such a completely different book compared to the other Boyne novels I’ve read, but it was still an enjoyable read.
The Echo Chamber by John Boyne will be available to buy on 5th August 2021. You can preorder yours here.
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