The Circle

The Circle

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf ; San Francisco : McSweeney's Books, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385351393
Branch Call Number: Fic Egge
Characteristics: 491 pages ; 23 cm


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Nov 24, 2020

As I was initially reading this book, it had promise and was intriguing. But as I finished it, it seemed like Eggers was in a bit of a rush to just wrap up the book. A bit of a let down.

Sep 08, 2020

Pretty interesting read! Very Black Mirror-esque. The movie definitely deviated away from one of the central plot lines in the book so that was kind of a bummer. Overall I really liked the concept and it was a pretty easy read to get through.

Apr 03, 2020

The Circle is a novel that has the reader on the edge. The novel manages to grasp the reader with all of its unexpected turn of events. Mae a young woman decides to work for one of the most well-known technology/social media companies. Literally everything runs through Circle and just about everyone uses it and it's up to Mae to decide whether or not that's a good thing. The Circle is a dystopian novel disguised as modern realistic fiction. It starts off as one thing but turns into a giant pile of unexpected events. The character development of Mae is so big and I believe that is what makes the novel so enticing. I would definitely recommend this book because it is in tune with just how fast technology is advancing in today's world. It is both an eye-opener as well as drama-filled. This novel reminds me of the novel Station Eleven in regards to the whole dystopian and collapsing civilization aspect.

Mar 03, 2020

The pertinent 21st century subject matter concerning the nature of online transparency, tracking, etc. is worth exploring through the lens of dystopian fiction and Eggers has proven that he is a worthy author, but this novel tends to be highly predictable. A young female protagonist, Mae Holland, ponders a better life as she unwillingly trudges through the day-to-day monotony of her meaningless job, extraneous coworkers, and overall dissatisfaction of her circumstance. Quickly into the novel she earns a job at the illustrious and highly sought after, and the titular, corporation The Circle due to an internal connection with one of the company's original employees, Annie. Mae delves into the high paced and highly demanding occupation which provides more stimulation in an hour than in her entire time at her old power plant job. Mysterious and charismatic characters continue to flood the novel which ends up diluting the premise of the novel rather than heightening it. I found myself audibly sighing at the unvaried plot points and the lack of imagination for places that the novel went. I stopped reading after about 175 pages(a respectable investment in any novel) and read a synopsis online. Everything that I would have predicted came true and I was thankful for stopping when I did. Eggers is an excellent writer, but I didn't enjoy The Circle by any means.

Nov 28, 2019

Just read the first 20-40 pages and you will be hooked.

Nov 08, 2019


Sep 17, 2019

This book absolutely scared me to death. The abdication of privacy - we’ve given all of our information and shared too much with huge companies who had ideas about connecting the world. But online connections are tenuous, at best. And how many people online would you really want to meet?

sjpl_rebekah Sep 13, 2019

A truly terrifying novel that seems to be coming true. This book explores the dangers of one corporation building a monopoly over our online content and the issues with complete transparency in our society. Definitely made reconsider my social media usage.

Jul 02, 2019

This book was a 100 page too long and a tad boring. Mae’s character is one dimensional and impossible to imagine. The futuristic view of the world with no privacy was incredibly riveting, hence why I finished the book, but overall it wasn’t a great read.

Feb 22, 2019

Pretty creepy and thought provoking

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Jun 05, 2017

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