Influencer Island by Kyle Rutkin

Published: July 30, 2022

(Thanks to Netgalley & Greater Path LLC, I received an eARC)



FYRE FESTIVAL meets HUNGER GAMES in this dark psychological thriller about a social media competition that turns deadly.
Welcome to Influencer Island, an experience for ten competitors to travel to paradise and compete for social media glory. Overnight, millions of users send off their submission videos, hoping for the chance to party with the biggest influencers and celebrities in the world.

Or so they thought…

By the time the contest went offline, over a dozen influencers were declared dead or missing. No winner was announced. The only hope for a conclusion lay in an unaired podcast produced by Cal Everett, a young reporter with his own mysterious connection to the murderous contest creator, Wyatt James.

As listeners will soon discover, James designed Influencer Island to be more than a battle of social media wits. If the contestants hope to survive, they will have to answer the question at the very heart of the competition: How far would you be willing to go for fame?


Influencer Island is a dark, fast-paced psychological thriller. The format is unconventional — Similar to a podcast transcript, and comparable to titles like World War Z, Sadie, or Daisy Jones & The Six. Due to the graphic nature of the novel, 18+ are recommended.


This one of the the most unique stories I’ve had the chance to read. The fact that influencers are used as what I would call props was an outstanding move on this author’s part. The whole premise of people only wanting to gain followers and likes is so prominent in this day and age.

The books being laid out as a podcast and mixed media was done fantastically, every aspect of this book will really reach this generation of readers. I enjoyed that there were a few different plot lines and how they ended up intersecting. I appreciate the fast pace and how the story as a whole flows.

I feel like this book will be for a certain type of reader and can see why others would not be into the writing style, but I loved it. I felt like parts were over the top, but in a great way. I cannot wait to read more by this author!

Boston Book Reader