The Circle

The Circle

A Novel

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When Mae Holland is hired to work for the world's most powerful internet company, she can't believe her luck. The Circle, run out of a hip, sprawling California campus, links users' online data with their universal operating system, creating a new age of civility and transparency.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf/McSweeney's Books, Vintage Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9780345807298
0345807294
9780385351393
0385351399
Characteristics: 10 books + reader's guide in a cloth bag
Call Number: BCE

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A young, ambitious woman gets the opportunity of a lifetime working for a powerful internet company. But at what cost? Releases April 28. Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

At a Google-like company, a young, ambitious girl learns the limits of human knowledge. Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. April release.

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What if Google took over the world? A woman’s ambition and a powerful internet company intertwine in this suspenseful examination of the limits of human knowledge.


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PimaLib_JB Oct 09, 2017

I saw the movie a while ago in theaters, and just got around to reading the book it was based on. Highly recommended! It's got so much more depth than the movie, although it ends on a much bleaker note...

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LauraSteinert
Sep 28, 2017

A great piece of science-fiction patterned after the old masters. Much better written that Fahrenheit 451 or 1984, and much more timely. I imagine the company sounds like Nirvana to many 20-somethings although it sounded like Hell on Earth to me. The subtle brainwashing, the addition to technology, the endorphin rush of instant gratification, the measuring of self-worth based upon how many likes one accumulates during the day and how many re-tweets amassed, are all horrifying to me. I certainly feel this speaks to our society today.

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adyglesias1
Aug 16, 2017

I hated the book at first. Hated. It. But then I stopped analyzing it as a novel and looked beyond the plotlessness and lack of decent character development and started to read between the lines, see what the author was trying to say. After that, I LOVED it. I talked about it non-stop and still refer to it. It's long and slow for sure, but stick with it, skim where you have to. But read it. It's good and relevant.

If you have trouble understanding it, ask me, and I'll help you analyze and understand it.

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kwsmith
Jul 30, 2017

This insightful novel explores the hidden dangers of social media and the powerful private corporations who examine, rank, and classify our public social data. Mae is an ambitious young woman who joins an internet company called The Circle. How much of herself is Mae willing to sacrifice for the goals of The Circle? The writing is simple and not particularly impressive, but the novel's subject matter is both relevant and interesting.

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TheSandoz
Jul 26, 2017

“The Circle” makes some important points about timely issues such as the end of privacy (already upon us), totalitarianism/monopolies, the power of “groupthink” and delusion, and the weaknesses of governments that are incestuously linked to private corporations. However, I found myself skimming through parts where it got bogged down. On one hand, Eggers’ attention to detail is impressive and extremely conscientious. For instance, he details the Circle’s elaborate system of success metrics (a combination of performance and social media rankings) that eerily parallels today’s times. But he also spent a lot of time describing the mechanics of Mae’s job as a customer service rep, and I’m not sure there was a point to having to digest all those specifics. I think a talented editor could have honed this manuscript down to 300 pages instead of 500, while still making the main points.

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laphampeak
Jul 07, 2017

Mae Holland lands a job at prestigious The Circle and as co-worker Brandon is setting up her phone he says...."Okay. Now everything you had on your other phone and on your hard drive is accessible .... but it's also backed up in the cloud and on our servers. Your music, your photos, your messages, your data. It can never be lost. You lose this...it takes exactly 6 minutes to retrieve all your stuff and dump it on the next one. It'll be here next year and next century."
Keeping record and track of individuals is putting it mildly. Besides the need to skim over the less important rambling I felt the author is expressing the not-so-bizarre path our "neediness" can take us.

OLATHEAllisonB Jul 06, 2017

A cautionary tale that could very well unfold in reality, this novel examines the next phase of the technology age, where information is privatized and privacy is fading fast. Through the eyes of Mae, a new hire of the digi-giant company known as the Circle, the reader is immersed in a world full of bright possibilities and horrifying probabilities. Although the plot is somewhat predictable and the ending unsurprising, The Circle is a well-paced thriller that will get you to think about whether or not you have a right to keep information to yourself.

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InsJavert
Jun 22, 2017

I will open my review with a few qualifications about myself. First, I'm in my early 60's which does not put me in the new social media world, I do not have a twitter or other such accounts. I'm on Facebook, but that is basically to keep up with my grandkids and family.

Now about this book. Before beginning this book, I had read other reviews this book was Orwellian or 1984ish. After reading it, I would lean more towards "1984", but now updated. But don't let that deter you from reading it yourself. Like 1984, privacy is what is being taken away, only now with the electronic means of social media and all it's ilk. When "1984" was written, a lot of the devices used were science fiction (like the early versions of "Star Trek). With this book, (an updated "1984"), the tools or means already exists or could be very easily developed, and therefore are possible. Additionally, there is a belief widely held today, that science and society is far more enlightened today than ever before and therefore we are moving toward a more enlightened and fulfilling future.

Well, this book takes you that possible world and I believe, its a world that could be right around the corner. I especially loved the aspect of why it was good to give up so much or our privacy for the good of society as a whole. How this social media world, the world of the Internet can make our lives all the better. But presented in the perspective or lens of "1984".

Although I only gave this book a three stars, (it should be 3.5), because of some of the predictability in the story plot, I found it to be quite thought provoking and enlightening. A very plausible and believable work about the course of our future and would recommend it as a very worth while read.

AL_SARAH Jun 08, 2017

I couldn't put this book down and the ending really surprised me. Even though the characters were lacking a little depth and there was some repetitiveness, I thoroughly enjoyed the theme. The story underscored concerns about technology, social media and privacy in a very thoughtful way.

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Yoo_hoo5
Jun 07, 2017

I didn't enjoy this book. It was a very long read, and the main character, Mae, is very shallow.
She is so gullible to become the Circle's puppet and is way too compliant, almost someone who really can't think on her own.
There was so much redundancy that really didn't help the progression of the book. The book could have been cut in half and still had more than enough information.
When I put it down, it took a few days to pick it up with interest in reading it. Just not a page turner in the least.
Who knows! Maybe others will see something totally likeable about it.

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Jun 05, 2017

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