The Circle by Dave Eggers

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


It's a adult fiction book about the progress of technology has come to be. And to what effect it has on us.

Submitted: September 16, 2018

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So the first time I heard of The Circle was when I saw a trailer , on tv, of the movie The Circle. I had no idea at that point it was a book first. From what I saw in the trial rand seeing who was going to be in it I was excited. I still am about seeing the movie. Well quite a few days and even weeks after knowing there was a movie called The Circle I went to the Aplington library one day to see a book called The Circle by Dave Eggers. I didn’t know they were connected but then the sticker saying , Book to Movie, tipped me off. I looked through a few of the first pages and saw a list of other books Dave Eggers has written. It turns out he also wrote A Hologram for the King. That has also been turned into a movie. I have not seen that one but it too looks very good. For another review but Tom Hanks stars in both of those movie adaptations of a Dave Eggers book. But like I said that’s for a different article.  When I started reading the book I noticed there were no chapters throughout the entire book.  On the first page we are introduced to Mae. A young twenty some year old girl or young woman whichever word you prefer to use. It was her first day at a new job for a company called The Circle. The first thought we get from her is about The Circle being Heaven. That, I believe, tells us how good a job it is. Right off the bat we are introduced to things and they details are incredible. In some pages they are detailed down to the very color and size. Then after a few pages we are introduced to characters. And I have to say they are very detailed as well. In some books you could say that more characters makes the book boring and hard to understand but not with this one. At least for me anyways. I found that the more characters that were introduced I found I was able to understand the book better. And the different personalities and life situations of the characters was very good, I thought.Later on in the book we see that they are a business that is, somewhat, about being connected. It reminded me a lot of social media. Especially when they talked about posting stuff you did or stuff you like. And then it continues to remind me of social media when it talks about getting smiles or frowns on your posts. Smiles and frowns are the like and dislike we use for saying how we feel about something someone posts. During that time we find that Mae has not been doing that. I did not like the next part because in that next part we see the “Wise Men” - kind of like elders of The Circle, start having issues that she has NOT been posting about things she likes or has done. They start questioning her. Asking if she is hiding stuff because she has not posted. I think that our culture right now is NOT like that and that is good because if we started pressuring ourselves to all post it would not be fun and enjoyable anymore for anyone. The point, I believe, of social media is to post when we feel like and what we would like to post about.We eventually are introduced to her parents. It is noted several times that her father has Multiple Sclerosis. I think it is very interesting they even gave the father an illness. There is no reason, it just makes me curious. We then later are introduced to her ex boyfriend.Pretty soon we see her ex boyfriend question her and what The Circle does. This is important to remember for what I read later in the book.But before I get ahead of myself I need to include a few very important, at least I think so, pages.Almost right away in the book we are introduced to Bailey. Bailey is the head of The Circle. The top honcho, if you may. We see around page 63 Bailey introduces something called SeeChange. SeeChange is the name of a group of cameras the company , The Circle , has put up all around the world. They are small. Small enough so no one can find them except for the people who put them there. These cameras can see whatever is in front of them. I believe this is the first step to being in total control of everything that everyone does.Later on towards the middle of the book we see specific people saying it’s time to “complete the circle”. At this point I’m not sure what it means.Then towards the end of the book we read that they are close to completing “The Circle”. In this part we see that it means total control over everything everyone does. Although I don’t think that is what the “Wise Men” want others to think it is. But a ways after we read that they are close to completing The Circle we see Kalden, who is also Ty, telling her that they can’t complete The Circle. That it would be bad to complete the circle. It isn’t until page 495 that we read that she didn’t let them complete the circle, or that’s how I took it to mean. But then on page 497, we read that her thoughts go back to needing to know what everyone was doing and thinking. We see this through her friend Annie. Annie at that point is in a hospital. Mae’s thoughts about wanting to control everything comes from her not being able to see what Annie is thinking as she sleeps.So in conclusion, I found the book excellent. The characters, plot, details, locations, plot twists were all very well written and very creative. I could not have picked a better book to read and then review. If you like science-fiction, dystopia novels, and books on technology this is the book for you. But I must say, that even if the above categories are not categories you normally read books on I would recommend this book anyways. Overall I give a book a 9 / 10 because it does include curse words. 


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