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The Circle

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Description

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega

A thrilling and compulsively addictive novel about our obsession with the internet

When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users' personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency. Mae can't believe her great fortune to work for them - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public ...

'Tremendous. Inventive, big hearted and very funny. Prepare to be addicted' Daily Mail

'Prescient, important and enjoyable . . . a deft modern synthesis of Swiftian wit with Orwellian prognostication' Guardian

'A gripping and highly unsettling read' Sunday Times

From Publishers Weekly

16 September 2013 – The latest offering from McSweeney's founder Eggers (A Hologram for the King) is a stunning work of terrifying plausibility, a cautionary tale of subversive power in the digital age suavely packaged as a Silicon Valley social satire. Set in the near future, it examines the inner workings of the Circle, an internet company that is both spiritual and literal successor to Facebook, Google, Twitter and more, as seen through the eyes of Mae Holland, a new hire who starts in customer service. As Mae is absorbed into the Circle's increasingly demanding multi- and social media experience, she plays an ever more pivotal role in the company's plans, which include preventing child abductions through microchips, reducing crime through omnipresent surveillance, and eliminating political corruption through transparency courtesy of personal cameras. Soon, she's not alone in asking what it will mean to "complete the Circle" as its ultimate goal comes into view; even her closest friends and family suspect the Circle is going too far in its desire to make the world a better, safer, more honest place. Eggers presents a Swiftian scenario so absurd in its logic and compelling in its motives that the worst thing possible will be for people to miss the joke. The plot moves at a casual, yet inexorable pace, sneaking up on the reader before delivering its warnings of the future, a worthy and entertaining read despite its slow burn.

What's New in Version 1.1.4

1.1.4 Minor revisions to the text

Customer Reviews

Dystopian and captivating

A modern dystopia which takes inspiration from Orwell and mixes it with our modern tendency to willingly expose ourselves to media control. Hard to put down!

Circle Games

Uncompromising view of the dangers of social media. The more we know, the more uncertain we may become. A possible take on Apple's new headquarters, which has a doughnut like shape with all manner of social facilities. A very pertinent read at a time when tweets seem more important than people. An altered reality state. Now a film starring Tom Hanks and Emily Watson.

Gripping, terrifying and amazing

Maes decent Into madness coupled with today's march towards digital utopia is such an amazing read it should be on everyone's reading bucket list

The Circle
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  • £4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: 10 October 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.1.4
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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