It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a book like The Circle. Dark, thrilling, and such a strong reflection of our addiction to technology and social media. This critically acclaimed story, written by Dave Eggers, gives way to a future not too far off from where we stand today. With its simplistic cover design, elegant use of the English language, and innovative ideas of where technology may be headed, Eggers creates a sense of wonder and terror all the same.
In The Circle we follow the main character, Mae Holland, as she starts her new job and the pinnacle of companies, The Circle. She comes from a small town, small job, and small-minded group of friends that have no want or need for social media and technology. The Circle has it’s benevolent hands within many different “pies” and tends to be at the forefront of innovation and technology. The first glimpse that we get of this is the amount of advancements The Circle has just in the Customer Experience section of their company. As you get further into it all, you find technology that is both thrilling and tantalizingly addictive, wishing that some of it were already accessible. As I’ve said before, I don’t want to get too much further into the story. But, I will say that with all of the technology and “sci-fi,” it also has romance, intrigue, and more humor than you would expect.
I’ll be putting up my second post in a few hours to make up for the missing post from yesterday. Like I’ve said, if any of you have any suggestions for books to read or ones that you’d like me to review, be sure to leave a comment. Also, be sure to find me out there in the social mediaverse!
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