Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Posted by Lesley Sackett Winfield

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. 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.

This book is a fantastic look at both sides of the 'big brother' conversation. I loved this book. With each new technology introduced, by heart rate rose. What's even better is that I honestly didn't know whose side I was on. I kept waffling back and forth. I could see both sides. I didn't 'love' the ending, and I was very frustrated with Mae, but it was a realistic look at how easy it is to suck people into almost any way of thinking. Would demoxie really be a bad thing? Past Perfect sounds like a fun thing to try. The health monitors in the book seemed like a perfect way to see what's going on with your body. I found myself nodding along with almost all the announcements. I'm a little scared that I would be one of the masses if any of these got released. It's not that I don't understand the warnings of this book. Of course I see the dangers of total control of all information. However, isn't it possible to have some of these technologies without total control? Maybe I'm naive. At any rate, it's a GREAT read and will start a conversation with yourself that I feel everyone should have, at least with themselves!