17 January, 2017

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The last Dave Eggers book I read some years ago literally did what it said on the tin. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius was a tour de force of a book that took me on an emotional rollercoaster of a journey from start to finish. Strangely though, I never sought out any of Dave Eggers' successive works until I came across The Circle in a recommended list of books with "good plot twists”.

After reading this thrilling, dark tale of a future world visible on the horizon of today, I have vowed not to neglect Mr Eggers any longer!

The story follows the journey of Mae Holland, a young twenty-something as she starts her new job at a leading California-based internet company called The Circle.

On the surface, The Circle is the perfect place to work; free gyms, healthcare, housing, celebrity chefs in the cafeteria and first in line to test all the latest gadgets and gizmos. However, as Mae begins to climb the professional ladder, gaining popularity and an increasingly public profile, the price to be paid for these gains becomes tragically more evident.

A modern parable about the dangers of allowing society to be consumed by the internet and social media, it challenges the reader to ask questions about their rights to privacy and information. This dystopian tale is hard to put down and almost impossible to shake off once you have.

The film adaptation starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks is due for release in April 2017 so reserve yourself a copy to read sooner rather than later!

TitleThe Circle
Author: Dave Eggers

Reviewed by Jo C, New Lynn Library

Jo C is a librarian at New Lynn Library. She loves a good crime thriller, dark dystopian tales and anything left of centre. Her favourite authors are Stephen King and Margaret Atwood. 
Jo C's reading pledge for 2017 is to read more non-fiction and try new genres!

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