The Circle – Dave Eggers, book review

The future of the connected society

Have you ever thought what’s going to happen if our world becomes more connected and more transparent than right now? With the web, social media, drones and all kind of rating questionnaires our lives, preferences and family can be exposed and shown every single minute and every single step can be commented, liked or disliked.

I’ve never questioned myself if I would like or dislike to be watched and commented 24/7 and if the era of the privacy and freedom is about to be over until I found by accident the book ”The Circle” by Dave Eggers, It’s a modern novel describing what it is to work in a high tech environment where all future technologies are envisioned and created. Mae Holland (the main character), a 20-something millennial girl is chosen to work for ”the Circle”, a powerful internet company she has never seen before. That’s when and where her life completely changes…Her life, her friends, her free time is dedicated to the Circle. She spends almost every second of her day and night in the Circle with people from the Circle. She has a Circle account, she obtains all Circle devices through which she becomes a kind of influencer and gives her opinion on everything and everyone. She goes further and becomes transparent 24/7 – she wears a camera on her neck which disconnects only for 3 minutes in the toilet.  The toilet is the only place where she can talk with her best friend Annie – who brought her to the circle. This is where Annie confesses that she cannot bear any more the lack of privacy and the right to keep unpleasant facts about her life and family secret. But….Mae is so into it…She cannot imagine a life without the Circle, outside the Circle, without this advanced technology and her constant online presence. Even after her family was shown under uncomfortable circumstances, even after the death of the ex-boyfriend, even after Annie’s burn-out…She just cannot stop!

Curious to know how this story ends? Don’t just buy books! Read them!

The movie based on the story wes released in 2017. For more information, check The Circle

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