The Circle

The Circle

A Novel

eBook - 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: 9780385351409
Branch Call Number: FICTION Egg
Characteristics: 1 online resource (491 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Mae is 24 when she begins working for the big corporate Internet company, The Circle. She thinks it's a great opportunity to work for a famous but very private company. But unusual encounters with other co-workers eventually make Mae suspicious of The Circle and their quality of life. Quickly, Ma... Read More »


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laphampeak
Jul 07, 2017

Mae Holland lands a job at prestigious The Circle and as co-worker Brandon is setting up her phone he says...."Okay. Now everything you had on your other phone and on your hard drive is accessible .... but it's also backed up in the cloud and on our servers. Your music, your photos, your messages, your data. It can never be lost. You lose this...it takes exactly 6 minutes to retrieve all your stuff and dump it on the next one. It'll be here next year and next century."
Keeping record and track of individuals is putting it mildly. Besides the need to skim over the less important rambling I felt the author is expressing the not-so-bizarre path our "neediness" can take us.

OLATHEAllisonB Jul 06, 2017

A cautionary tale that could very well unfold in reality, this novel examines the next phase of the technology age, where information is privatized and privacy is fading fast. Through the eyes of Mae, a new hire of the digi-giant company known as the Circle, the reader is immersed in a world full of bright possibilities and horrifying probabilities. Although the plot is somewhat predictable and the ending unsurprising, The Circle is a well-paced thriller that will get you to think about whether or not you have a right to keep information to yourself.

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InsJavert
Jun 22, 2017

I will open my review with a few qualifications about myself. First, I'm in my early 60's which does not put me in the new social media world, I do not have a twitter or other such accounts. I'm on Facebook, but that is basically to keep up with my grandkids and family.

Now about this book. Before beginning this book, I had read other reviews this book was Orwellian or 1984ish. After reading it, I would lean more towards "1984", but now updated. But don't let that deter you from reading it yourself. Like 1984, privacy is what is being taken away, only now with the electronic means of social media and all it's ilk. When "1984" was written, a lot of the devices used were science fiction (like the early versions of "Star Trek). With this book, (an updated "1984"), the tools or means already exists or could be very easily developed, and therefore are possible. Additionally, there is a belief widely held today, that science and society is far more enlightened today than ever before and therefore we are moving toward a more enlightened and fulfilling future.

Well, this book takes you that possible world and I believe, its a world that could be right around the corner. I especially loved the aspect of why it was good to give up so much or our privacy for the good of society as a whole. How this social media world, the world of the Internet can make our lives all the better. But presented in the perspective or lens of "1984".

Although I only gave this book a three stars, (it should be 3.5), because of some of the predictability in the story plot, I found it to be quite thought provoking and enlightening. A very plausible and believable work about the course of our future and would recommend it as a very worth while read.

AL_SARAH Jun 08, 2017

I couldn't put this book down and the ending really surprised me. Even though the characters were lacking a little depth and there was some repetitiveness, I thoroughly enjoyed the theme. The story underscored concerns about technology, social media and privacy in a very thoughtful way.

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Yoo_hoo5
Jun 07, 2017

I didn't enjoy this book. It was a very long read, and the main character, Mae, is very shallow.
She is so gullible to become the Circle's puppet and is way too compliant, almost someone who really can't think on her own.
There was so much redundancy that really didn't help the progression of the book. The book could have been cut in half and still had more than enough information.
When I put it down, it took a few days to pick it up with interest in reading it. Just not a page turner in the least.
Who knows! Maybe others will see something totally likeable about it.

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clairemars
Jun 05, 2017

Interesting idea and plot, but the characters and plot were both nothing to write home about. I think it could have been greatly improved upon.

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spumpfan
Jun 05, 2017

A lot of book for a story that never developed or went anywhere. And then, the vague and abrupt ending that didn't make much sense. The main character, Mae, was oftentimes utterly unlikable and I found the relationships between characters to be extremely vapid . Really not much substance to this book. Great concept. Frightening, and unfortunately, a real possibility but never went anywhere. It was like Groundhog Day. the same thing, over and over again with no forward movement. I had high hopes for this read. I was expecting intrigue and excitement. I soldiered through, but was utterly bored and underwhelmed.

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Jabberwock12
May 28, 2017

The Circle as a book had a lot going for it early on and through the middle but then turned real bad at the end. It's clear that the fictional Circle company is Facebook (FB is featured in the book saying that The Circle bought it) and that the end of privacy is upon us. There are voices, even the Circle's top programmer(s) who are against this shift to a "transparent" future. All David Eggers did was make the book, The Boy Kings into a fictional piece. I plan on seeing the movie with Emma Watson but I'm no longer expecting much from it. A really good thing about the book though is how fast you read through it. It's a real page turner.

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Visser2216
May 22, 2017

I loved this book. It kept me up and turning pages every night. It is a perfectly timed novel that gives the reader a good, long look at how our constant interconnectedness and self-centered tendencies could have devastating effects. I highly recommend this read.

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thebookllama
May 20, 2017

The Circle by Dave Eggers was an apocryphal mess with which I grew increasingly and increasingly annoyed. It followed Mae Holland, an exceptionally exaggerated woman, who was also exceptionally naïve about everything going on around her. Her coworkers were no different from each other, and there was NO, I mean NO positive character development. As she delved deeper into the company, from Customer Experience, of course, she fell prey to the artificial utopia she’s been handed.

I’d give The Circle two stars, for its poor writing, poor characters, poor plot, and the disappointment from Dave Eggers for ruining this premise.

*spoilers*

Mae, our main character, started off well enough. She seemed nice, at least, until reaching an unacceptable level of “goodness you really are 100 times worse than the Buchanan’s. Combined.” It’s believable that Mae could be good at Customer Experience (really, why “experience?”), but an average woman, two years out of college, would not be able to pull of all of these asinine choices she winds up making.

She puts a camera on at all times. I realize that the point of this was to assimilate into her company (and earn more money, if I’m honest), but what sort of Customer Service,(almost fresh-out-of) college grad goes that far so early on? Mae was unrealistic.

It was a boring spectacle. Nothing too big happened, and this isn’t the type of situation where you can hate a character but still love a book. Mae made it absolutely impossible to have any will at all to finish this story. There was that twist at the end that absolutely ruined anything good about her character. It wasn’t admirable or anything, it wasn’t supposed to be, it was something that destroyed anything distinctly good about the book.

The idea was good, in a time where technology is becoming increasingly vigilant and watching, but the idea didn’t pan out in this book.

The Circle-A disappointment of what could have been an impeccably well-crafted novel.
Thanks for reading! Have you read The Circle? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Remember, here’s my Instagram, facebook, and Goodreads.

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Jun 05, 2017

clairemars thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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