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The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award.
When Mae Holland 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. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—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. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
Publishers Weekly Review
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So the book is kind of slow, characters are shallow and you can pretty much predict everything that is going to happen. Normally I would give a book like this 3 stars. However, what I loved about this book is how it made me think of social media. It's pretty scary to think that we are nearly at the point of what this book is suggesting. Makes me think twice before I post anything anymore.
Interesting speculation on a scary future
The Circle describes a world where privacy is steadily diminished by the constantly expanding, well intentioned, increases in use of technlogy for increasing social interaction.
As literature, it's weak on characters and the plotting is leaden, but it's a fascinating excursion into a technologically plausible future.
Cartoonish dialogue and character "development." Regardless of what you think about the Google-like campus or culture, the writing just isn't good.