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 : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385351409
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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SanAnselmoStaff_Linda Jul 12, 2016

The overarching concept is quite thought-provoking. What is the potential evolution of a society obsessed with social media? This is one chaotic view. The main character, however, falls short of her potential in the story and is not particularly interesting or developed.


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adyglesias1
Aug 16, 2017

I hated the book at first. Hated. It. But then I stopped analyzing it as a novel and looked beyond the plotlessness and lack of decent character development and started to read between the lines, see what the author was trying to say. After that, I LOVED it. I talked about it non-stop and still refer to it. It's long and slow for sure, but stick with it, skim where you have to. But read it. It's good and relevant.

If you have trouble understanding it, ask me, and I'll help you analyze and understand it.

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kwsmith
Jul 30, 2017

This insightful novel explores the hidden dangers of social media and the powerful private corporations who examine, rank, and classify our public social data. Mae is an ambitious young woman who joins an internet company called The Circle. How much of herself is Mae willing to sacrifice for the goals of The Circle? The writing is simple and not particularly impressive, but the novel's subject matter is both relevant and interesting.

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TheSandoz
Jul 26, 2017

“The Circle” makes some important points about timely issues such as the end of privacy (already upon us), totalitarianism/monopolies, the power of “groupthink” and delusion, and the weaknesses of governments that are incestuously linked to private corporations. However, I found myself skimming through parts where it got bogged down. On one hand, Eggers’ attention to detail is impressive and extremely conscientious. For instance, he details the Circle’s elaborate system of success metrics (a combination of performance and social media rankings) that eerily parallels today’s times. But he also spent a lot of time describing the mechanics of Mae’s job as a customer service rep, and I’m not sure there was a point to having to digest all those specifics. I think a talented editor could have honed this manuscript down to 300 pages instead of 500, while still making the main points.

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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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Jun 05, 2017

clairemars thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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