The Circle

A Novel

Eggers, Dave

eBook - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Circle
"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: 9780385351409
Branch Call Number: FICTION Egg
Characteristics: 1 online resource (491 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 21, 2015
  • bigfeet rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a story about the effects of technology in our lives. The writing is very plain and the characters were simple but it was witty, and I thought it was well paced and the subject matter was very thought provoking. It won't be my favourite book of the year but I'm glad I read it.

Jan 21, 2015

I really enjoyed this book and saw it for what it is: An homage to George Orwell's 1984. The only difference: The events and inventions the author relates to the reader, one can easily believe they could one day happen and in fact some already have since it was published (e.g. Facial recognition software and body cameras). A clever read.

Nov 25, 2014
  • jenoteacher rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The writing here is nothing special. In fact, the dialogue-driven plot veers so close to cheesy that I almost gave up reading after the first two sittings. But I'm glad I stuck with it because I keep coming back to the questions it asks about the pervasive role technology in our lives. You don't have to be a social media fiend to feel its creep and reach. The Circle's pulpy plotline may seem ludicrous, but it Egger's vision, it seems to be where we're headed.

Nov 24, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

a bit heavy-handed and obvious, but enjoyable

Sep 22, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A compelling message about technology and the loss of privacy and freedom, even if the novel itself has some weaknesses and is a little too long.

Aug 14, 2014
  • aaronwriterguy rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I've started to try out Dave Eggers. I've heard a lot about him and he seems interesting, but right now all I've read other than this is "Your Fathers, Where are They." That one was okay but I was far from blown away.

The Circle suffers from a thinly thought out concept populated by characters that don't think or act anything like people in the real world. The main character is (I hate to say it) dumb, naive and towards the end narcissistic as all heck.

The book itself isn't well written enough to be good literary fiction. The concepts aren't worked out well enough to be good sci-fi and its no where near funny enough to be satire. It would have been better at 1/10th its size - a short story would be able to pull off its blend of morality fable and techno-paranoia much better.

Meh, in other words.

Aug 09, 2014

Interesting book in terms of the concept of privacy and how people see it potentially affecting our lives in the future. On the other hand, I found the protagonist annoying which sometimes made it hard to continue reading.

Jul 11, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Chillingly plausible vision of a near-future scenario in which social media/quantified self trends go monopolistic.
- Ben Vershbow, NYPL Digital Library and Labs

Jun 29, 2014
  • SLoMotion rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Circle is an interesting book that I will never reread. As I started this book, I thought the ideas and storyline were hilarious, but what initially appeared to be comical and over-the-top soon became ridiculous and unbelievable. Early on, I thought I could relate to the protagonist; boy was I wrong!

Jun 15, 2014
  • Polaris rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A cautionary, and somewhat creepy, dystopian look at what happens in a corporate-driven society with complete linkages between individuals, Mix any controlling religion with Google, Facebook and the Nitwitterverse and you have The Circle.

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