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The Circle
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The Circle


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 online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.

Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Title:The Circle
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:493 pages
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    The Circle Reviews

  • Brad
    Oct 29, 2013

    A 491 page soap box. Here's what's wrong with it, in no particular order:(1) Not offering anything new to the conversation. I imagine I will not be the only fan of dystopian literature who will be bor...

  • Stephanie Sun
    Nov 21, 2013

    A Review of Dave Eggers' The Circle by GoogleTransparency is...Surveillance is...Society is...Kayaking is...Cults are...Everything in moderation, including...Cynicism is...Can I...On a more serious no...

  • MJ Nicholls
    Sep 12, 2013

    Liking this review will send a zing direct to Dave Eggers, who will enter the names of all those who liked at once into the McSweeney’s Assimilation Programme (MAP), an underground writing movement ...

  • Jaclyn Day
    Nov 01, 2013

    I really wanted to like this. The idea of a dystopian novel centered around the perils of the Internet (or the company/companies that control it) is a really appealing and relevant theme. There are pa...

  • Julie Ehlers
    Oct 07, 2013

    Not long ago, one of the founders of Goodreads posted this on the site's blog:Picture it: You're curled up on the couch, lost in a fantastic story on your new Kindle Paperwhite, when you come across t...

  • di
    Dec 28, 2013

    Unfortunately, despite an intriguing premise and my high hopes, I feel obliged to give THE CIRCLE more frowns than smiles. In Mae's extreme/bizarre opinion, my "dislike" may as well equate to murder, ...

  • Elyse
    Sep 19, 2013

    Update: The movie opens April 28th- in my area - with Tom Hanks. Regardless - what people rated this book ---1 star or 5 star. It makes for an engaging discussion. Yesterday Paul and I saw the movie t...

  • Benjamin
    Nov 15, 2013

    Realistically, The Circle probably deserves just four out of five stars - the writing is simple and the characters don't have much depth. In any other book, shortcomings like these would definitely pl...

  • Amantha
    Oct 14, 2013

    Imagine a character named Mark Holland. He's easily manipulated, does anything anyone tells him, is constantly worried how others see him, constantly thinks he's going to be fired even though he meets...

  • Ron Charles
    Sep 24, 2013

    Dave Eggers is having a Klout moment: He’s just published a dystopian satire about social media called “The Circle.” On Sunday, the New York Times Magazine touted an excerpt on its cover. The bl...