The Circle – Dave Eggers

Title: The Circle21043996
Author: Dave Eggers
Genre: Dystopian/Allegory
Pages: 493
Category: 45. Read a book labelled as a Satire or Allegory
Format: Paper

This is almost certainly my favourite book of this year. Way back at the start of the year I read 1984 and quite enjoyed it, but The Circle is like the modern version of 1984 as far as I’m concerned.

The basic idea of The Circle is a company that is slowly taking over the world with technological advancements that take away privacy in a way that is both believable and subtle to those experiencing it.

Mae is the main character and we meet her on her first day working at the Circle. The job she starts in sounds a lot like my worst nightmare but that’s not really the point. We get to watch Mae as she slowly gains more screens and responsibilities until it seems like she couldn’t possibly have enough hours in the day to get it all done. We also watch as she slowly gives up her privacy to become part of The Circle.

I won’t spoil this much more, but don’t take the reviews of the movie as a reflection of the book.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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