The Circle by Dave Eggers

Well, well, a science fiction book review from me. This book was recommended by a friend, and reading the synopsis I found it rather interesting since I studied social media, big data, data mining, and all that stuff.

I have various feelings towards this book. First of all, half of the book is a bit boring for me. The thing about this book is sometimes it over explains things, like a whole page describing sea lions – I didn’t think this was necessary to be honest. I was about to give up on the book about halfway through, then it started to get a bit interesting so I kept reading.

I liked Mae at first, I mean she is smart and a fast learner but how did she get so damn stupid all of the sudden. It just doesn’t make sense at all. In the beginning of the book she respected her private life and actually she seemed a little bit anti-social, unlike Annie, then kaboom she dramatically and drastically changed into this super social, friendly and all knowing person.

Some parts of this book also seemed a little forced, like when Mae “stole” the kayak for her spontaneous late night wandering and it was from this event that Mae got popular. Then also how could Ty, the man who started the whole company and the so-called genius of The Circle, became so paralyzed and picked only Mae, of all people, to help him save his company from info-communism. Surely if he could build such brilliant company, he could think of a better plan?

However, I like the idea of this book. We are living in a new age of social media and overloaded information, so I guess a book like this makes us realized “whoaaa look at what so many of those information can do to you!”. I also like the idea of this “ideal” working environment in The Circle (minus the prying-my-privacy part).

So I heard they’re making a movie out of this book, curious to see it. I hope they change the ending in the movie (because they ALWAYS change the story line anyway in movies based on books). I am really not satisfied with the ending, it just seems a little off like Annie’s state of coma. Please tell me there is a continuation of this book!

By the way, is it just me or those Wise Men reminds you of Twilight’s Volturi leaders. Creepy or what!

The Circle Book Cover The Circle
Dave Eggers
Science Fiction

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 America--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.

Just a girl standing in front of a bookshelf, deciding what to read next.

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