Overview & Rating

Synopsis

A thriller of it's own caliber. What happens when Facebook takes over every aspect of life? What if one account connected all of your online activity and accounts? This is The Circle. It takes social media channels to the extreme. We see how constantly being connected could potentially run, help, and ruin our lives. A fictional tale following an employee of the Circle. We follow her journey through the company and explore how far the company actually reaches into everyone's personal life as she finds herself deeper and deeper in the company's "inner circle".

Overall Rating: 9/10
9

If Google and Facebook had it would result in The Circle. This novel brings out the positives and negatives that would ensure from this mass technological invasion. The Circle, is located in California, on a beautiful, high-tech campus. The employee perks are endless. Employees have parties every week, famous guest to speak regularly, company paid insurance, access to apartments on campus in the event that they don’t want to schlep all the way home, beautiful dining areas, and endless freebies that get sent to them from companies worldwide. It sounds like everyone’s dream place to work. We follow Mae Holland as she begins her career at the Circle and are dazzled as she is by the excessive perks and benefits of working for the company.

The Circle is an internet company that functions as a universal operating system. All users are given one username and password to access all accounts and internet channels. The company keeps expanding and acquiring new technology. As Mae starts to get lost in the hype, readers begin to start questioning if too much power and access to one company is too dangerous. The Circle emphasizes that all knowledge should be public knowledge. To not share your activities, likes, events, and to not respond and engage in online discussion is being selfish. Privacy becomes obsolete. As we spiral into the Circle’s ever encompassing grasp, we begin to wish for the good old days before globalization and the technological boom. Eggers touches upon privacy, democracy, internet technologies, and social sharing. I was enticed by the whole story, but felt the ending came kind of abruptly and left me cradling my head at a loss. In this satirical, yet possible thriller, we are forced to reevaluate our online usage and reflect on the importance of privacy. I would recommend this book to anyone to read, especially those of us who use social media channels.