The Circle

A Novel
Eggers, Dave (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Circle

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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"--
Authors: Eggers, Dave
Statement of Responsibility: Dave Eggers
Title: The circle
a novel
Characteristics: 491 pages ; 23 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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Big Brother is watching you, as well a billion or so others! The Circle is a chilling vision of a not-too distant future when transparency and sharing take on new meaning. This a quite a long book, but it's gripping and entertaining from start to finish and not a difficult read. Great book for discussion and a book that I think would appeal to male readers out there, too. Highly recommend!

Report This Apr 08, 2014
  • VPLlen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I like Dave Eggers writing and I did enjoy this book even though I'm not usually a big fan of sci-fi/fantasy. Then again maybe this story isn't too far fetched. It's similar to 1984, Brave New World and other dystopian novels where people live under oppressive totalitarian regimes and individual rights are lost. This story seems set in the present time when technology has become both seductive and addictive and no one can escape becoming a part of it.

Report This Apr 02, 2014
  • mntsnowrider rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a thought provoking story of an internet company collecting peoples search info, personal info, and video taping people's every move. It really questions whether society can "choose" to not give out their information. It also poses the questions about future generations' acclimation to the world of technology being so readily available - is it really a good thing? And also is it already happening and it's too late to change it? Definitely worth reading and thinking about. The relationship between Annie and Mae is also interesting. It makes you wonder what really happens when someone "smiles" you.

As someone who trusts no one when it comes to our new digital age, I related to the characters who didn't join the circle. It's a great read and makes you think.

Interesting premise. I was engrossed but the ending was a complete dud.

Report This Feb 12, 2014
  • Poodles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The ideas explored in this book trump it's ho-hum writing style. I was not wowed by language, style or the literary skills of the author but he delved into some very compelling ideas that make this well worth the read. How we interact with technology, the state of privacy in a digital world and the black rift that comes from physical disconnection is just the tip of the idea-berg.

Report This Feb 03, 2014
  • Artistik1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Everyone should read this.

Report This Jan 29, 2014
  • jeffreyglick rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The story has a nice set-up over the first half of the book, and then it goes nowhere. There's no good wrap up, conclusion, or redemption. I was disappointed.

Report This Jan 22, 2014
  • LesleyHobbs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book; it kept me up late and night and glued to the pages during the day. I was watching a train wreck and could not look away. I imagine reading this book is not dissimilar to a person reading 1984 in 1962 - all the pieces seem to be falling into place for the events to happen as written...Holy Big Brother, Batman! For the full review - http://www.lesleyhobbs.net/book-reviews.html

Report This Jan 20, 2014
  • deagilbert rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

If you enjoy one dimensional characters, robotic dialogue and simplistic, predictable plots, this is the book for you.

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