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!