The Circle by Dave EggersThe Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle

byDave Eggers

Paperback | April 22, 2014

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LONGLISTED 2015  – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, bestselling 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.




From the Hardcover edition.
Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney’s publishes Voice...
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Title:The CircleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 7.98 × 5.15 × 0.91 inPublished:April 22, 2014Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Took a while for me to get into this book (just finished reading some murder mysteries). Wasn't too bad but I wasn't overly excited. I watched the movie which was horrible, but the book was definitely better!
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This book was good but I'll admit I started it a few times, took a bit to get into. It creeped me out in the right ways and seemed eerily realistic for our future. Movie was bad though.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring! I couldn't get through this book. The concept is very interesting and I wanted to try and get through it but there wasn't enough that interested me to get through another couple of hundred of pages. The book became very repetitive about Mae at her cubicle and I didn't care about any of the characters either. *I usually don't rate books I don't finish but to submit this review it needs a star rating*
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the most important books of our time In this dystopian novel, the narrator is drinking the koolaid, which forces the reader to do all the heavy lifting. I read it while also reading Glenn Greenwald's 'No Place to Hide' and went to see his lector on the NSA and its attack on our civil liberties. Greenwald's speech almost sounded like an analysis of Egger's book, and that's when I realised how important 'The Circle' really was.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The End is Nigh Another addition to the "near-future" genre covering technology. Not particularly flashy in its newness, a bit derivative if you're looking for something a bit more on the edge. Nevertheless, an engrossing read with interesting logical progressions to follow. NB: much better/very different than the movie.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting Concept the first part of this book is great love the characters and the concept of this awesome place to work. Bu then it gets a bit creepy imagine being on camera all the time or people knowing if your heart is racing. Dragged on to long good book but not my fav #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awareness is the key I think Dave Eggers has painted an image of a different kind of apocalypse in The Circle. One that people are forced to lose our right to physical privacy (the scary word - willingly, for a large percentage of the population). Compulsory exposure is enforced by centralized and hyper-connection through the internet. This story reminds me of the image in 1984 - a big brother watching all the time. The major difference in The Circle was that people are scrutinizing each other every moment, while most of the time voluntarily. To me, the sadness portrayed by The Circle did not come from the creation of a full blown information disclosure, but the loss of the human ability to think and to be aware. Many individuals (including the central character) in the story failed to seek what they truly want in their lives, but succumbed to the fake attention of the internet mass, with their ego bluffed by the number of "smiles" ("likes"). Shockingly, we can already see this attitude for great many of us with modern social media. Strive to find yourself, please. Or else, we would not need to wait until we reach technological development as in The Circle to come to the end of the existence of meaningful human lives.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read This novel brings up some interesting points surrounding the power of technology. Should we have cameras everywhere to monitor the lives of people and keep them safe. I was hoping for a few more twists within the novel.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from All for not It was easy to get into the book, the characters were engaging, the plot was intriguing with mystery but there was no pay off. I understand the ending and the point the author was trying to make with it, but I couldn't help but feel like it was a cop-out.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not good It pulls you in at the start with interesting characters and background, but fizzles out quickly, and gives the reader zero pay off for making it to the end.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent read, but doesn't live up to hype I'm giving this one 3 stars because I really can't decide how I feel about it. First, "Kalden" is exactly who I thought he'd be from the moment Mae first encounters him. If this is supposed to be a twist, it sucked. Also, the Mercer drama was just as utterly predictable. Second, the characters are pretty unidimensional. Mae is particularly insipid. She's begins with a rather entitled attitude (way to stereotype millennials!), and just spirals out of control. She's selfish, petty, easily manipulated... Ugh! I admit, it's often difficult to like a book when you can't stand the protagonist when you get the feeling that you're meant to like her. I mean, she isn't evil, so you can't actually hate her. But she also doesn't begin as particularly sympathetic. The story would have had more impact if I had felt like I could identify with her in some way, but instead it's like the schadenfreude that comes with watching especially bad reality TV. Mae is so easily led and so desperate for even the most superficial approval of others that I feel snidely better than her, which never feels great. I was nearly glad when bad things would happen to her. Yuck. The good: Eggers's Circle is as insidious as Facebook, Google, Amazon, and the NSA, and then some. It's like Big Brother (1984, not the show - and the asshat elitist in me hates that I feel the need to clarify that) on some major psychedelics. I mean, it's terrifying. And if we actually consider the aggregate endeavours of these factions, it isn't as far-fetched as it may seem. Take Facebook alone and consider the social changes alone that have occurred since it first went mainstream about 10 years ago that can be directly linked to social media in general and Facebook in particular. It's incredible in both wonderful and terrible ways. One very accurate message that Eggers conveys: beware what you post online - once it's there, it's there forever. You can delete it, but it still exists somewhere. I'd recommend it, but with some caveats.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from thought provoking Somehow sharing an online review of this book feels like a step towards the totalitarian, "all must be known" nightmare that the book depicts. It would be interesting to read it again in 10 or 20 years to see how much farther down that path we go.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written When assigned this novel for my English class i was curious but had little expectations. That is till my friends hyped it up so much. And all i have to say is...... Thank you to my English professor. Without her i never would have picked up this novel. It was fast-paced, well written and i loved the characters
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A well written fable Anxiety. That’s the biggest thing that comes to mind about my experience with this book – anxiety. Mae’s new Circle world was full of online activity and stimuli, and I just couldn’t handle it. She was overloaded with newsfeeds, message threads, online events and conversations – and she handled it perfectly fine. But man, did it ever stress me out! I can barely keep up with Instagram and Facebook. There were no individual chapters and the ending was unsettling – I had a lot of questions after I finished it. The characters felt a bit two dimensional, but I kind of think that was the point. This book is a fable about the dangers of overdoing it online and the limits of privacy – the characters were there just to help tell that fable. As for the movie – I’m not sure if I want to see it. I’d rather not feel that anxious over a piece of fiction again.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creepy First... how do you write a book this long with NO CHAPTERS? But, moving on... This book was creepy. Every time something completely unbelievable happened, I thought about it for a second and quickly realized it was well within the realm of possibility. It definitely makes you stop and consider how you use social media and technology. Many aspects of Scientology were incorporated (intentionally, I assume?) which definitely made everything seem even more probable, given the number of people who continue to buy into Scientology. I was going to say that some things seemed a little too far-fetched, but I honestly think that everything in this book is theoretically possible given the right conditions. I did feel that most of the characters were a little bit... off. It's hard to explain. Every so often, there was a moment that completely deviated from even the warped societal/social norms of the book. Something just didn't feel organic and it prevented me from fully immersing myself in the story. There was a weird mention of white slavery that unsettled me at one point. It was presented in a way that made it seem like the author wanted to make a point about the existence of white slavery and, although there was nothing specifically stating it was worse than or equal to the enslavement of other races, it almost felt like that was being implied? Perhaps I read far too much into what was said, but it did make me feel uncomfortable and I'd be curious to hear if anybody else felt the same way. I was sitting at a solid 4 stars with this book...until the end. The end was terrible. I guess I'd recommend this book to others, but not too enthusiastically.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Whoa Slow to start, and keeps a fairly slow pace, but the twists and how probable these events are keeps you reading. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I bought the book when I saw a preview of the film and really enjoyed the book. Makes you think if this is where we're headed in terms of social media and having to broadcast every details of our lives. Personally I'd be horrified if we had cameras on us as a society 24/7. A little disappointed with Mae's character at the end but still a good read
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Whoa. I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did. It makes you think about social media and private companies, and the power that technology has as it develops over time. Good read.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made me think Good story that made me think harder about the world we are gradually moving into. The Circle is giving us an all to realistic glimpse of this world, and it scares me. The book moves a bit slowly at times. Could maybe have benefited from a tighter edit.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! While reading this book I was waiting for a big climax but was disappointed with the ending I got. However I realized after finishing the book that the whole book was a warning and a climax in a way. This book changed my life; I don't care to check spacial media every second. I go days without checking and I feel better. This book is a big warning for the future. This is a very haunting book, read it!!!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes you think Really makes you think about the lack of privacy in our society today and what our future could look like, as well as both the positive and negative implications social media has on our society.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relevant I bought this book after seeing the trailer for the movie and I'm really glad I did. The book was really interesting as it is relevant to today's society. However, the ending wasn't my favourite.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool dystopian read I enjoyed reading The Circle in the same way you can say that you enjoyed reading 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale. It makes for a pretty good discussion about the perils of social media and the growth of companies such as Google and Amazon.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I found myself having to re-read moments between characters because of the realism and being able to relate. This book is incredibly interesting in aspects of exploring our addiction to social media, and the good and bad impact on society.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good read! It was a decent read. Ending wasn't my favourite but overall it was good and very interesting!
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Got as a gift Got as a gift, and it was okay.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid read! I feel Eggers has really come into his own. This is a great book and I would absolutely recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Read! This book will make you think, we are not far off from what the writer creates in his world. Great read, at times made me want to scream at the main character! Read it you will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Preview of what's to come Some of the themes of this book are not far off! The rise of technology paired with our love of personalization means that the Circle could be somewhere in the not-so-distance future. As I was reading, I took this book as a warning of what could be...both good and bad. I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to seeing what the movie brings!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love it! Really interesting so far... excited to see how it ends. It's becoming a movie so I had to read it. :) very popular book.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good I really liked it up until the end, I'm not sure how I feel about the ending..
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spooky premise A very interesting and thought-provoking read. I found myself flip-flopping between thinking that the premise was cool beyond words to scary and overbearing. The Circle encompasses the world's most powerful interest company and the ideas presented in the book could very well be the way of the future. This book had a way of making you feel very uneasy at times and I am curious to see how the movie version will fare.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Felt like it went in circles I was excited to read this book after I heard it was becoming a movie with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. After finishing itI have to assume the movie is going to make major changes as the story doesn't really go anywhere. It's an interesting read with a great plot that reflects the dangers of modern society's obsession with social media and the need to broadcast our lives to the world. I stuck through the story expecting the protagonist to have an awakening and was surprised by the ending - and not in a good way. After I put it down I felt like I had gone in circles and that nothing was resolved. Interesting idea and concept, but it certainly left a lot on the table.
Date published: 2016-11-16