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The Circle
The Circle
Author: Dave Eggers
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345807298
ISBN-10: 0345807294
Publication Date: 4/22/2014
Pages: 512
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  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 53 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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The dystopian/utopian horrible hybrid I wish I had never wanted to read. I actually listened to it, and I regret the hours of my life I spent hoping May (Mae? Side effect of listening, instead of reading, I have no idea how the main character's name is spelled) would get some common sense in that idealistic head of hers.

Imagine a future where we can know everything about everybody. Pros--no more crime because we can see it before it happens, no more criminals because we systematically hunt them down and turn them over to the authorities. Cons--in the hands of the wrong leader, this can turn into a totalitarian regime. Our main girl May can stop it if she wants to.

A look at the possible consequences of technology. Or the possible benefits. Depends on how you look at it.

I hated it. The only bright side is that I listened to it instead of reading it, thus investing slightly less of my life in this vision.

But the writing was superb, and the vision was flawless. My compliments to Eggers.
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The premise is interesting, and the book stays with you long after the last page. I wish this book had chapters it bugged me that there was never a clear place to start and stop.


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