I read this book in about 3 days. I’m a big fan of novels based in a dystopian society but I thought this particular story was extremely relevant to the way people are living today. We are constantly immersing ourselves in new forms of technology. There are amazing companies that create the devices we depend on or use the new technology to better our lives. But the question is when does it go too far?
In the fictional world of “The Circle”, David Eggers writes the story of Mae Holland. Mae is a young woman working back in her small home town in a job that she hates until she gets a new opportunity at tech giant The Circle. Becoming a “Circler” is a dream come true to Mae because she is now at the forefront of innovation.
She works alongside people who are using cutting edge technology to try solving the worlds’ medical epidemics, preventing child abduction and crime, and many other life altering causes. At The Circle “sharing is caring” and not only should you make a difference but also share those thoughts with other Circlers. But what happens when you don’t participate in the events or check in on social media so your “friends” can track your every move? Mae quickly discovers that at The Circle “secrets are lies” and “privacy is theft.”
As Mae becomes more and more immersed in The Circle’s way of life she meets a mysterious Circler who tells her the tech giant’s current path could actually spell disaster for their society. Does Mae put a stop to it or does she aid the tech company to “complete the circle”? You’ll have to read to find out.
David Eggers brilliantly weaves a tale about the good and bad of our technology and walking the thin line between being social and being on social media. Are they really equal to each other? What does that future look like?